Theodore Frederick Moench III
March 1, 1947
August 19, 2015
Theodore Frederick Moench, III, 68, died on August 19, 2015 of complications of pancreatic cancer. Interment will be at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver Colorado.
Known to friends and family as “Teddy,” he was born in Paterson, NJ on March 1, 1947. He was second of four children, older sister Meredith, followed by younger brother Tom and sister Cindy. His father was Theodore Frederick Moench, Jr. (deceased) and his mother was Lucille Olivia Jenkins Moench (deceased). He graduated from Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, NJ in 1965, going on to attend Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio on a soccer scholarship. He was drafted into the Army in 1967 and served in Viet Nam in the Fourth Infantry (IVY) Division, Specialist 4 rank. His division was honored for meritorious service. Upon being honorably discharged from the Army in 1973, Teddy returned to Ohio where he founded a record and “head” shop in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, called Octopus’s Garden. His entrepreneurial talents led to a clothing store, serious wine and coin collecting, and construction in Ohio, Florida and Colorado. He founded Mount Carbon Realty in Denver.
In 1978 Teddy moved to Morrison, Colorado where he purchased an unfinished home on several acres of land. Honing his handyman skills, he created a beautiful home for himself and his daughter Mercedes. For the past twelve years Teddy has shared a lovely home with his life partner, Marilou Kiessig. Their home life included various beloved critters-dogs, cats, koi, and a turtle. He and Marilou enjoyed traveling together, and especially enjoyed their time spent by the ocean. Teddy liked to cook, garden, play golf with friends, and especially loved spending time with the people he cherished. He was fun to be around and people gravitated to his upbeat personality, witty sense of humor and kind, generous spirit. He was genuine, faithful and the best friend anyone could ever have, maintaining many life-long friendships. He leaves behind the love of his life Marilou Kiessig, daughter Mercedes Moench, brother Tom Moench, sister Meredith Moench, sister Cindy Moench Reinhardt and several nieces and nephews as well as a large extended family of friends. He played a father role to Kinsey Dickmann and Alexa Yontz (and grandpa to her son Luke Yontz). He has had years of significant input into the lives of Taylor and Austin Kiessig. He was preceded in death by grandson, Zielig
Teddy became a beloved soccer coach for many girls, leading their team, the Evergreen Stingers to a state championship. His coaching talents extended to boys soccer as well. He touched so many lives it is impossible to name them all. Teddy loved sports, as both participant and spectator. He enjoyed season’s tickets to Nuggets games.
His great passion, however, was golf. Teddy attended a special school in Ohio to learn how to repair and restore golf clubs. Most recently he began collecting old clubs, restoring and selling them on-line. As a successful tournament golfer, Teddy was described by friends as “patient and thoughtful” on the green. Despite his illness, in 2014 he won the Men’s Club championship at the Foothills Golf Course in Denver.