2021ObituariesWilliam “Bill” J. Moldthan II

December 20, 2021by SealeUser5
Moldthan, William J

March 22, 1954 – December 17, 2021

William J. Moldthan, II, (Bill), passed away December 17, 2021, at the Hospice of Baton Rouge Butterfly Wing after a courageous batter with cancer at 67 years of age.  Bill was born on March 22, 1954, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to William Joseph Moldthan and June Kassenbrock Moldthan.  He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1972 and spent two years furthering his education at St. Meinard School of Theology.  After a short time in Tennessee, Bill decided to move with the family in 1982 and settled in Baton Rouge.  He worked for several years in retail sales at Dillard’s, Jos. A Banks, and in 2005 started working at Adler’s where he obtained his GIA  (Gemological Institute of America) credentials.  He retired from Adler’s in March of 2020.

Bill had a creative spirit which showed in all he did.  He had a great love for gardening, art, antiques, and traveling.  He was proud of the beautiful flowers and trees he grew in his yard which were quite spectacular.  He visited almost every state including Alaska and Hawaii as well Greece, Italy,  and Ireland.  He always said his favorite trip was the one he was planning next.  His latest interest involved raising finches and tropical fish.   Bill was very devout and participated in the choir at Our Lady of Mercy for over 30 years.

Bill is survived by his partner of 40 years Ken Haydell; four siblings, Suzanne (Richard), Dennis (Ann), Timothy (Claire) and David (Stacey), as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on January 4, 2021, from 9-10 am with a mass at 10:00.  Committal at the Garden of Peace Columbarium will follow. The services will be streamed at www.olomchurch.com.  You may view and sign the guestbook at www.sealefuneral.com.

Special thanks to Hospice of Baton Rouge for their tender care and to Dr. Hanson and Dr. Kovtun at Mary Bird Perkins.  Please consider donations to  Cancer Services of Baton Rouge or Hospice of Baton Rouge.




  • Barbara Fowler

    December 21, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Bill is reunited with his mother that passed away November 14th 2021.
    May Bill and his mother rest in peace.


    • Jo Ann Vasta

      December 24, 2021 at 7:13 am

      Amen, Bobbie. We are grateful to have known him in this life and will miss him very much.


  • Jo Ann Vasta

    December 20, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    678 years old? wow! OLOM choir will miss him. Prayers for Bill and his family.


    • SealeUser

      December 20, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you for you catch. We have it corrected to 67 now 🙂


      • Jo Ann Vasta

        December 21, 2021 at 2:37 am

        Awesome! Thank you so much! We will always remember Bill as an energetic, happy guy who always kept the choir at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic church in Baton Rouge upbeat. He will always have a happy spot in our hearts. May the Lord welcome him home, with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant, come see the place I have prepared for you”. May the perpetual light shine upon him and grant him eternal rest.


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