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J. Conway 'Jake' Moffett

J. Conway "Jake" Moffett, 92, of Connersville passed away early Friday morning, October 4, 2019, at his residence.

The son of Claire and Mary Connaway Moffett, Jake was born in Connersville on March 30, 1927.

He graduated from Connersville High School with the class of 1945, and from Franklin College in 1954. A former Spartan athlete, Jake played football and baseball in high school, and also played baseball at Franklin College.

On December 29, 1952, Jake married the former Carolyn Storch in St. Gabriel Church. Carolyn passed away on May 30, 1986. On February 14, 1987, Jake married the former Beverely H. Noble, who survives.

Jake served his country in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the USS Chilton #38 and the USS Glynn #239, both attack transports. While in the Navy, he participated in the first peacetime atomic bomb test held at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific Ocean in July, 1946. For his service to his country, Jake was awarded the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Jake was employed at Ford Electronics and Refrigeration, and its predecessors Philco Corporation and Rex Manufacturing, retiring in 1991 after 35 years of service in the supply department. He also held the position of purchasing manager for the Ford plant in Connersville.

Jake was a member of St. Gabriel Church, Knights of Columbus Council #861, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks #379, AMVETS Post #11, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 571, and a life member of American Legion Post #1. Jake served as Past Exalted Ruler of the Connersville Elks Lodge, and served on the Connersville City Council from 1957 until 1959.

In his retirement years, Jake became involved in racing harness horses, racing for sixteen years. He was involved in various partnerships. His horses not only raced in Indiana, but also in Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois. His most notable horses were Schwartzkopf, Market Strategy, T.G.'s Magnificent, Hope Prevails, Whitewater Cam, Irene Hall, and Destiny Cruise. In 1997, T.G.'s Magnificent became the fastest two-year old filly ever sired in the state of Indiana winning at the Indiana State Fair in a time of 155:4. Whitewater Cam won eighteen races, and earned approximately $60,000.00 while racing under Moffett ownership in Whitewater Stable.

Besides his wife, Beverely Moffett, survivors include three children, LuAnn McQueen of Connersville, Michael (Lorinda) Moffett of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Patricia Moffett of Connersville; six grandchildren, Kim Vanover of Connersville, Lisa (Dan) Kuznik of McCordsville, Indiana, Conner and Clairyssa Moffett of Sioux Falls, and Benjamin and Emily Moffett of Indianapolis; three great-grandchildren, Aaron Vanover and Jayden and Kayleigh Kuznik; stepdaughter, Karen (Jeff) Geiger of Kettering, Ohio; step-grandsons, Ethan, Adam, and Jared Geiger.

Jake was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Gina Moffett; and a grandson, Jordan Apsley.

Family and friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. Reverend Dustin Boehm will officiate. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery with military honors provided by Fayette County Veterans Council.

Online condolences may be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.