DOUGLAS GLENN MOENDoug Moen, 65, passed away suddenly Feb. 21, 2013 in Superior.
Doug Moen, 65, passed away suddenly Feb. 21, 2013 in Superior.
He was born in Duluth to Glen and Helen Moen.
He graduated from East High School in 1965. Upon finishing his service in the Navy in 1967, he embarked on the career for which he'll be remembered for all time, Collector. He was enamored with the design and craftsmanship of bygone eras. A connoisseur of all things vintage: ethnic rugs, furniture, kitchenware, jewelry, but above all, clothing. His passion led to the establishment of 18 different antique and costume shops, most recently Retro Revisited Antique Mall at 118 E 1st St. He had top shelf taste but was a true, blue Junk Man and hard worker. He saw his costume shop as a place where "Anybody can walk in and be anything and anybody." By 2005, he had amassed 100,000 vintage clothing pieces and his was ranked in the top 10 collections in the country. But he didn't stop there. His treasure trove piqued the interest of several Hollywood filmmakers. His pieces were used on the sets and costuming of "Far North", "Iron Will", "Dead Man", "North Country", and "A Prairie Home Companion". His superb eye, intuitive style, and benevolent nature made him an unparalleled resource to local artists, schools, and theaters. More precious than the beautiful things he curated was his friendship.
He was always kind beyond reason, compassionate without judgment, and generous without expectation. He said "You can't measure fortune by money." His heart was the real treasure.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his sister, Gwendolyn Moen.
He is survived by his mother, and brothers Bruce and Brent Moen.
If heaven has a speak easy, we know Doug is sitting at its long, oak bar, dressed to the nines, with his feet kicked up once and for all.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: of this local legend 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Tycoon's Rathskeller, and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan Street. Vintage, theatrical attire is encouraged.