Donald Aloyisius Moravek

August 29, 1918 - February 11, 2013
Donald Aloyisius Moravek

Donald A, Moravek, a beloved Dad and ìGrandpaî to all who knew him, passed away at the age of 94 on Monday, February 11, 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1918, the eldest son of the late Aloyisius and Thelma Moravek. Growing up in Davenport, Don attended Saint Ambrose Academy and served as a sportswriter for the local newspaper. He spent most of his adult life in Los Angeles where he was employed first by Occidental/Transamerica Life insurance Co. and then for 36 years as an Executive of Leisure, Werden, and Terry, a firm that he helped to become Transamericaís largest general agent.

During World War II, Don was stationed in Kunming, China where he served in Army and Air Force Intelligence, providing information to the Flying Tigers and Merrillís Marauders, among others. Don married his beloved wife, Muriel in 1940 and they were married for 63 wonderful years. They retired to Lake San Marcos near San Diego and then moved to Williamsburg in 2002 to be close to family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel; his parents, Aloyisius and Thelma Moravek and two brothers, Bernard and Richard Moravek.

Don is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Jon Krapfl of Williamsburg; his sister, Elizabeth Finkenhoefer of Davenport, Iowa; his four grandchildren, Rob Krapfl (Carol) of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kathy Raines (Chris) of Richmond, Scott Krafl (Tracy) of Atlanta, and Christine Koenig (Andrew) of Williamsburg. He also leaves eight loving, great-grandchildren and a beloved extended family.

Looking back on his life, Don believed that he was lucky. The truth is that his luck was a result of his integrity, honor, caring for others and so much more. Those who knew him felt that they were the lucky ones.

A Celebration of his life will be held at the family home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.


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  • February 13, 2013
    Wanda Naugle Weerts says:
    Elizabeth Finkenhoefer spoke often of Don and I know she will miss him terribly. I call her my aunt, because her mother and my Grandma were sisters...may God be with the family in their hours of grief...So sorry

  • February 16, 2013
    Andrea Moore says:
    Hello Family, I had the utmost pleasure of meeting Grandpa Don at a girls weekend in Ponte Vedra at Marge and Danny's. Jan your dad, and Jon, your father in-law, what a guy! I was able to talk with him and he was able to share with me a piece of his life and his warm loving nature. I think of him as I think of you all, and I know he will be missed. I also know that I will celebrate his life as he has touched so many lives for many years. I will be with you all in Spirit today and tomorrow, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet such a kind and caring man, not to mention all that he has accomplished! Love you all. We will see him again one day! Take care all. Greg never met Grandpa but his love and well wishes are sent with mine. Be well, peace to all!

  • February 12, 2013
    Jim Finkenhoefer says:
    I will always remember Uncle Don buying me my first milk shake at Dairy Queen when I was a little tike. A great man who will be missed.

  • February 12, 2013
    Tracy Krafl says:
    You will forever be in our hearts and we love you so much. you are already missed dearly. Love Tracy Krafl