Kenneth J. Moller, a former Washington resident who lived here from 1988-2000, died Oct. 24, 2017 in Rochester, N.Y. He had cancer of the tongue that had spread. He was 56.
Moller was born Feb. 14, 1961 in New City, N.Y., where he grew up.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State University majoring in social work.
In 1988, he moved to Washington and held positions in several retail stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor and Hechinger in Tenleytown, where he worked as a kitchen and bathroom designer.
He enjoyed helping gay teens and adults, volunteering for various LGBT organizations such as the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and Human Rights Campaign. He rode in an AIDS Ride from Montreal, Canada to Portland, Maine.
Moller enjoyed gardening and specialized in perennial flowerbeds. He was a member of the Spring Valley Garden Club. He also enjoyed reading, debates, alternative rock and spending summers along the St. Lawrence River.
He is survived by his former partner Daniel Duch, whom he was with from 1992-2009, and mother Janet (Fleming) Moller of Morristown, N.Y., brother Gregory S. Moller of Gainesville, Va.; sister Nancy L. (Moller) Avery of Fairport, N.Y.; nephew Kyle Moller; nieces Erin Moller, Allison Avery and Lauren Avery.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. at Joseph Gawler’s Sons (5130 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.). A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Epilepsy Foundation or to the Morristown, New York Public Library in his name will be accepted.