Fred H. Moody
Fred Moody, 84, long-time Nomeite, electrician and master mechanic, finished his earthly duties. He passed after a brief illness in an Anchorage hospital. Fred was the third son born to Harry and Amy Moody in Irma, WI. His dad was an electrician and Fred became a journeyman at age 16.
He married Phyllis Hull on February 28, 1953 and was a wonderful husband for 64-1/2 years. Fred and Phyllis have four children: Chris, Cindy, Kit and Dan. Fred was a grandfather to eight and leaves 12 great-grandchildren spread out over seven states, in addition to many nieces and nephews, who were as close to him as children. He had room in his heart for people he met along the way who adopted him and Phyllis as if they were their own kids and grandkids. He was a mentor to many, lived his life as a testimony of what Christ meant to him.
Fred was a private pilot, licensed truck driver and a licensed electrical contractor. He continued all his life in the electrical field. He loved working with his hands fixing all kinds of engines, trucks and reupholstering seats for those trucks and airplane. He had a love for animals and especially dogs.
Fred came to Alaska in 1967. He loved living in small towns, so Kenai and Nome were a great fit for him and Phyllis. In the early 1970’s he arrived in Nome to assist in the restarting of the Alaska Gold Company Power plant and dredges, and continued to support the Company as their electrician for more than a decade. In addition to electrical contracting work in Nome, he also was extensively involved in building and maintaining electrical generating plants and power lines in other parts of the state, working in his trade in Deadhorse, Teller and Kodiak.
Fred and Phyllis established Pacific Northern Electric and served the community of Nome in providing residential and light commercial electrical services. While Fred worked in the electrical trade for 50 years, he never really retired. Many hobbies and special projects kept him busy – airplanes, trucks, heavy equipment, you name it. There was nothing Fred could not get running, regardless of age or condition. And it wasn’t just his own stuff; he could often be found under the hood of a community member’s truck or a piece of equipment and had a way of enlisting others, who gladly assisted and learned from his expertise.
Fred also served the community as a member of the Nome Joint Utility Board from 1999 to 2016, serving many years as Vice Chairman. He could always be depended upon to freely share his expertise, guiding the Utility in new development and ongoing maintenance of the electrical system.
The Fordson tractor sitting in front of the Richard Foster Building was recently donated to the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum by Fred and Phyllis.
Fred will be missed by family, extended family, friends, business associates and the community of Nome.