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Johan Elias 'Johnny' Moe ... passed away Jan. 7, 2010 at the age of 81.
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Johan Elias (Johnny) Moe passed away Jan. 7, 2010 at the age of 81.

He was born in Seattle, Wash., to Elias and Dagne Moe on Jan. 29, 1928 and grew up in Mount Vernon and Stanwood, graduating from Twin City High School in Stanwood.

Johnny played football in high school but excelled in music, playing the coronet. He formed Johnny Moe and His Orchestra in Snohomish and entertained in Washington for many years.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, in France and Germany as well as in the U.S. In the 1960s, he entertained in Friday Harbor and spent three years living here after 2000.

He is survived by his two sons, Thomas Moe of Everett, and James J. Moe of Friday Harbor; his former wife, Betty Lou Kinney of Mountlake Terrace; one grandson, Elias M.R. Moe of Boston, Mass.; two sisters, Margaret Tornfelt of Redmond and Eldbjorg (Toots) Ekholm of Spokane; nieces, Judy Ramos of Kent, Robin Schnell of Spokane, Julie Schalock of Chewelah; and nephews, Robert Tornfelt of Anchorage, Alaska, and David Ekholm of Spokane.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at the GAR Cemetery, 8621 Riverview Road, Snohomish, with a memorial to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifeCare Center of Mount Vernon or your favorite charity.

For information on CDs of Johnny's live music, call 378-6080.

— Family of Johan Elias (Johnny) Moe

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