Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

John Moellenhoff, 87; Helped to Found Aerospace Supply Firm

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

John Moellenhoff, 87; Helped to Found Aerospace Supply Firm

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John Moellenhoff, who arrived in the United States as a blue- collar immigrant and went on to help found an aerospace supply business, died of infirmities on Friday (March 17, 1995) at Bethesda West Nursing Home in west St. Louis County.

He was 87 and had lived in Kirkwood before moving to the nursing home.

Mr. Moellenhoff was born in Essen, Germany, in the heart of the industrialized Ruhr. As a 17-year-old, he couldn't get along with his new stepmother and emigrated to St. Louis, where he had relatives.

He found work as a machinist at several companies in St. Louis. In World War II, Mr. Moellenhoff won production awards for his work at the old Curtiss-Wright plant, helping to fashion the airpower that contributed to the defeat of his native land.

Among the relatives he had left behind in Germany was a brother, George, who was killed as a German soldier at Stalingrad.

At war's end, Curtiss-Wright moved to Louisville, Ky., but Mr. Moellenhoff refused to. …

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