Howard V. Moilien, 91, of Coon Valley

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flagHoward Vernon Moilien, 91, of Coon Valley passed away Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at home.Howard was born to Nordahl and Caroline (Gronvold) Moilien June 22, 1926 at home.  He attended North Ridge School through eighth grade then began dairy farming with his father on North Ridge.  He was drafted into the Army and served from January of 1952 until January of 1954 and was stationed in Korea. On July 20, 1963, he married Pauline Allness of Viroqua after which they lived on Howard’s home farm until his death.

.  He enjoyed farming and still helped out after his son Marc took over the farm in 1988. He was an active lifelong member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, former member of the Coon Valley Creamery Board and a 64 year member of the Coon Valley American Legion Post #116. He also volunteered at Norskedalen in the Skumsrud cabin where his grandmother was born.

 Howard was known as the historian to his friends and family, for his excellent recollection of events and dates. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and talking Norwegian.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline, son, Marc (Anna) Moilien, daughter, Kristy, brother-in-law, Archie Rundhaugen, sisters–in-law, Mary (Roger) Philipps, Mary Hudson, and other cousins, nieces and nephews.  Howard was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Clarence (Jan) Moilien, sister, Carol Rundhaugen, brothers-in-laws, Fred Allness, and Mario Hudson.


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday October 25, 2017 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Rev. Mitzi Miyamoto will officiate. Burial with military honors by the Coon Valley American Legion Post 116 will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time.  Online condolences may be offered at

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written by Janne Bondi Johannessen, October 24, 2017
It is very sad to hear that Howard has left us. He was amongst the first group of heritage Norwegian speakers that I met. He spoke Norwegian very well, had a rich vocabulary and really loved to speak this language. We enjoyed meeting him and recording him. Howard and his wife Pauline were very hospitable, and at several occasions let our big group of Norwegian language researchers have sessions at their farm, and served us food. This was often the high point of our journey, driving over the beautiful landscapes of Wisconsin up their wonderful farm. We will miss Howard.

I write this on behalf of many of my students and colleagues: Signe Laake, Arnstein Hjelde, Eirik Tengesdal, Linn Iren Sjånes Rødvand, Kari Kinn, Yvonne van Baal, Alexander Lykke and many others.
written by Tammy, October 25, 2017
I am so sorry to read of Howard's passing but knowing what a wonderful life he led in his community, loving his family and friends in his quiet way, and being such a kind gentleman.

I will miss Howard's kind spirit, but it lives in you and those of us who know him.

What a long life he had living and doing what he wanted. God blessed his life.

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss and know I grieve with you.

I am thinking of you today and in the days ahead.

May God's blessings be with you as He guides your path.
written by Tom and Jill Schee, October 25, 2017
Dear Pauline and family!

Our heartfelt condolences with the passing of a terrific man. The best things in life are the ones we love, the places we've explored and the memories we have made in our journey. Howard's mind is at ease and his soul is at rest. What a blessed man was he.
written by, November 11, 2017
he was an excellent grandfather. it seemed to me that he would never leave his grandchildren. but like all of us he is not eternal

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