Milo M. Moyano, 72, was born November 6, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois to parents Rafael E. and Arvah L. (Weckesser) Moyano. He died September 3, 2021, at home in Moorhead, MN. Milo graduated from Austin High School in Chicago in 1966. He was active in Boy Scouts as a scout and junior leader. He spent several summers at a scout camp in Michigan and spoke of the adventures, antics, camping skills gained, and lifelong friendships made during his scouting years.
Milo attended Wright Junior College and the University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus. His most meaningful jobs as a college student were his summer camp positions. He was a counselor and tent camping director for three years at YMCA Camp Douglass in Michigan. In 1970 he became a guide/counselor and later trail director, at Minneapolis YMCA Camp Menogyn in the Superior National Forest off the Gunflint Trail. He led groups of young people on canoe trips of five to thirty days in Minnesota, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. He co-led his last Menogyn trip in a replica Voyageur canoe on Lake Superior from Sault Ste. Marie to near Thunder Bay. In total he was on the Menogyn staff for seven summers.
Milo met Anne Schoeneberger, Perham MN native, University of Minnesota student and Camp Douglass staff member, in 1969. They married in 1972. They were on the Menogyn summer staff from 1973-1976 and lived at the camp for two full years. Menogyn – the people, the place and the mission – were close to his heart and he treasured his friendships with staff members and campers throughout his life.
In 1976 Milo and Anne moved to Moorhead MN. He worked as a woodworker for Dave Price and Nathan Dahl. He constructed cabinets and furniture for private homes and churches in the area, as well as beautiful pieces for his family. He and Anne had two sons, Daniel Paul, born in 1979 and James Edward, born in 1984. Milo became a stay-at-home parent, caring for his sons, reading countless children’s books and guiding construction with nearly every toy construction material available. He fostered their interest in science through books, projects and travel. He was very proud of his sons and the men they have become.
Milo played park district volleyball in the 70’s and was an active member of the local USA Volleyball men’s team for several years. Eventually he moved into volleyball officiating, retiring from that work in 2015. He officiated high school, college and USVBA throughout the region and country, receiving awards and recognition from the MN High School League, North Country USA Volleyball and the Affiliated Board of Officials.
Milo was a lifelong learner, especially of science and history. He researched and wrote about World War II history from the perspective of the Army Third Infantry Division and the battalion in which his father served. He did research for veterans’ families.
Milo and Anne have two grandsons, Vincent and William. He often picked them up after school to visit parks, make Lego constructions, and stop by Sandy’s Donuts.
He is survived by his wife Anne, sons Daniel and James and beloved grandsons Vincent and William, as well as his brother Myron Moyano of Lakewood, CO, many cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rafael and Arvah Moyano, his parents in law, Paul and Jeanne Schoeneberger and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
If you wish to honor Milo with a memorial, he supported the following organizations: Conservation Minnesota, The Listening Point Foundation (Sigurd Olson), ACLU of Minnesota, National World War II Museum and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. followed by the memorial service at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, September 13, 2021 at Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead.