George M. Moran, 86, of Lester Prairie, died Saturday, April 3, 2021, in hospice care at the Gardens of Winsted.
He was born Jan. 16, 1935, in Minneapolis, to George W. and Mabel R. (Tobias) Moran.
He grew up in Eden Prairie, graduating with the Eden Prairie High School Class of 1953, where he played basketball and was homecoming king.
In the 1950s, George began his lifelong career in the trucking industry, working alongside his dad hauling milk from Eden Prairie to Northland Milk and Dairy in Minneapolis.
After high school he worked for J.A. Danens & Son driving dump trucks.
In the 1960s, he started his own trucking company hauling gravel for Bryan Rock; later, hauling bulk sugar for North Central Transport of MN.
George willingly shared his knowledge of trucking with others, and added a touch of class to the trucking industry. His passion was Peterbilt trucks, especially his 1968 Peterbilt conventional.
In 2010, he received the Golden Achievement Award presented by the American Truck Historical Society for more than 50 years of dedicated service to the trucking industry.
George is survived by his wife Kay; daughters Dianne (Scott) Anderson, Victoria; Angela (Sergio) Sajion, Zimmerman; and stepdaughter Stephanie Chappell, Glencoe; grandchildren Cory (Lauren) Jopp, Forest Lake and Megan Anderson, Minneapolis; brother Wally (Dixie) Moran, Summerville, SC; a niece, nephews, and friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law Connie (Dave) Anderson; and son Michael G. Moran.
A celebration of George’s life will take place Tuesday, April 13, beginning at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before at the Huber Funeral Homes, 16394 Glory Lane, in Eden Prairie.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to The Minnesota Metro Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society.
Huber Funerals & Cremation Services, Eden Prairie, is assisting the family.