Lester Leroy "Granddaddy" Moore

Friday, September 5, 2014

Respected Missouri educator and World War II veteran, Lester Leroy "Granddaddy" Moore, 90, of Marshall, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at The Living Center in Marshall.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with the Rev. Randy Shannon officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall, his home for the last 25 years. Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund of Oak Grove/Grain Valley/Lone Jack LOV Chapter of the Retired Teachers Association. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Mr. Moore was born in the Bennett community of Ripley County on April 20, 1924, to James T.C. "Clif" Moore and Clarice Karine (Glore) Moore. He was preceded in death by his sister, Levada "Linda" Clifton Mayrant; his brother, Kenneth Glore "K.G." Moore; and his granddaughter, Adrianna Karine (Moore) Marks. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Valerie (Valentine) Moore of Marshall; his brother, Joe Glenn Moore of Florissant; his sister, Mary Ellen Brinkhopf of Denver, Colo.; five children, James T.C. Moore II, Paula Karine Gerke, Frederick W.B. Moore, Richard "Rick" William Todd and Gayle (Todd) Bishop and their families, including 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Moore enjoyed his lifelong hobby of raising, and hunting with, registered beagles. Additionally, for his amusement and the entertainment and education of his grandchildren as well as his wife's students, he maintained a menagerie of various farm fowl and livestock. Well-known for his memory and his ready jokes for all occasions, Mr. Moore was an excellent storyteller of family history and regional tales.

A 1939 8th grade graduate from the Little Barren school house and a 1943 Doniphan High School graduate, Mr. Moore joined the U.S. Army to serve in the Pacific Theater with the 5th Army/Air Corps as a nose gunner in the B-24 bomber. He served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. Simultaneously, he earned wide respect devoting himself to Missouri communities as first a vocational agriculture teacher in Bloomfield, then as high school principal and English teacher in Oak Grove, and finally as superintendent of schools in Pilot Grove and in Lone Jack until his retirement in 1986.

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