Jonathan Moe died Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at his Kingston home. He was 46.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with Darren Olson officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Cemetery in rural French Lake. There will be a time to gather with the family from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
Jonathan Michael Moe was born Dec. 24, 1974, in Hutchinson to Jerry Moe and Debbie Rokala. He grew up in Cokato until he was 5 when they moved to New Mexico; the family moved back to the Dassel area when Jonathan was 10. Jon was united in marriage to Samara Cates on April 19, 2008, in Knapp, Minn.; in doing so, Jon became the father to Robin Cates, and in July 2008 their daughter Ruby was born. Together they made their home in Cokato before moving to the Kingston area. He had been employed as a meat cutter at Ittels Meats in Howard Lake. He also worked for many years with Decks Unlimited in Cokato, and recently became employed by Phi Decks in Plymouth.
Jon was a dedicated and involved family guy, a loving husband, and a caring dad. He loved to do spontaneous road trips that ended up taking many back roads, but he always found a new adventure that created many memories. He loved doing things with his extended family as well. He especially liked hanging out at the Cates campground. He made a point to make sure there was enough wood for a good bonfire so all could sit around and have a good time. If he wasn’t enjoying social time with family and friends, he was prepping for hunting season. He also spent many quality hours on the lake fishing with his family and friends. He was a hard worker and an awesome carpenter, making or building many things for others to enjoy. He helped convert a chicken coop into a spacious deer shack on the cliffs of the Cates campground, and invested in a passenger trolley that he pulled with a four-wheeler along the river and through the woods. Jon also enjoyed cooking, whether it was his potato sausage, salsa, grilled surf-n-turf, or his weekly biscuits and gravy. He will be missed by many, and remembered by most who met him.
Jon was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Bob and Grace Moe, and his maternal grandfather Russell Rokala.
He is survived by his wife Samara Cates of Kingston; children Robin Cates of Dassel, and Ruby Moe of Kingston; mother Debbie Rokala of Cokato, and father Jerry Moe of Dassel; siblings Christa (and Mark) Vaughn of Cokato, and Steve (and Sarah) Moe of Kingston; grandmother Betty Rokala of Cokato; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and other relatives. He also is survived by his mother-in-law Jody Cates of Dassel, and brother-in-law Dale (and Krisse) Cates of South Haven.