Peder Isaac Douglas Moluf, age 18 months, son of Peder T. and Melisa R. Moluf, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 20, 2023, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO. He was born June 26, 2021, in Overland Park, KS, and lived his entire life in Blue Springs. After going to bed in seemingly good health Thursday night, he awoke suddenly on Friday morning with a high fever and quickly became unresponsive. He was rushed to the emergency room but was unable to be stabilized.
Being the sixth generation to carry the family name of Peder, he was known as Isaac to most people. He was a vibrant, happy, and healthy toddler, almost always having a smile on his face.He talked a lot and picked up new words and phrases very quickly. On car trips, he learned to ask, “Are we there yet?” in a sing-song playful manner. He would interact with almost everyone he encountered, and he really enjoyed saying, “Hi.” He loved to run and be chased, playing with parents, his two older sisters, and other children, especially at church.
Isaac was all boy, loving to play with tools, trucks, and balls. He also enjoyed helping—putting away groceries and dishes,carrying cans or anything he could hold from the downstairs storage, and especially sweeping with Nana.
Living in a house with three levels, he mastered stairs fairly early and would frequently play on the stair landings. He enjoyed being spun around or tossed in the air and caught by his dad, piggy-back rides from his sister, and bouncing on his mom.He was very snuggly and cuddly, not shy to tell Nana, “Sit,” so he could climb into her lap for a book, or to push Mom or Dad back from the stove or sink to request, “Up.”
In his brief life, Isaac traveled to 22 states, including drives to New Mexico to visit cousins, Mount Rushmore on a family vacation, Utah and Texas for church festivals, and most recently the Outer Banks of North Carolina for Thanksgiving.
In addition to his parents and two sisters, Charlotte, 7, and Jocelyn, 5, Isaac is survived by one grandmother, Diana Burkinshaw, who lived with him; one grandfather, Larry Moluf, from Texas; seven sets of aunts, uncles, and cousins from Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, and North Carolina; and numerous extended family members, church brethren, and friends whose lives he touched.
His family will entertain visitors from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2023, at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO. Funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the chapel. Memories of little Peder Isaac and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.