Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Richard “Dick” Moore, 80, of Roswell, who passed away on June 18, 2013, at his residence from pulmonary fibrosis. Pastor Richard Smith will officiate.
Dick was born on May 1, 1933, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Roy and Daisy Moore. They have both preceded him in death.
He married Joyce Ewing on Nov. 18, 1972, in Aurora, Colo. She survives him at the home. They moved to New Mexico in 1977. He received an associate’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. He was a staff sergeant in the United States Army. He also worked for the City of Roswell, water plant, for Trona Mine in Wyoming in 1976, at the Arsenal in Denver, Colo., where the work was detoxifying nerve gas from 1973 to ’76. He loved watching football, especially the Denver Broncos.
He is survived by sons Richard Glenn Moore and wife, Barb, of Great Falls, Mont., Roger Gregory Moore and wife, Lenore, of Roswell, Daniel Moore, of Rio Rancho and Duane Roop, of Hypoluxo, Fla.; seven grandchildren Jared, Curtis, Cory, Stephanie, Taren, Angelica, Breanna and Royce; great-grandchildren Zul, Aiden, Kyson, Kaden, and Sofia; special cousins Sherry Beauchum, Libby Gunter, Willadean Wikey and lifelong friend, Frank Boyd, of South Carolina.
He was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Club, Hondo Masonic Lodge No. 74, VFW, and was president of the Southeast Section Water and Wastewater Association from 1986-1988. He was of the Southern Baptist faith.
Let me tell you something about this man that I have known all my life. He is a great man and I love him a lot. If it was not for him and a great lady, I would not be able to write this. He fought to get me in a school to teach me how to read and write. I have dyslexia. He fought for our country in Vietnam for our freedom and was somebody that everybody liked and loved the first time they met him. He taught me so much: how to hunt and fish and camp. If you have not guessed by now, this is my dad, the greatest man. He took me hunting one time and let me taste coffee one morning and he said it tasted like horse sweat and he was right and I still drink it to this day, lol. We lost him today and we will all miss him. He was a friend, a buddy, a lover and one heck of a GREAT DAD and a GREAT and loving husband to his wife, Joyce.
He was so proud of his service in the military. He made a great lasting impression on us all, entertaining us for hours with stories. From stories of ridding out of a cargo plane on a kids tricycle to raising a camp dog and naming it Damnit so they could always yell “Damnit get over here” hahaha. But, he never spoke of his combat experiences. I remember pressing him for a story about fighting in Vietnam once when I was a kid and all he said in a very serious tone was, “All I can tell you is we were NEVER in Laos or Cambodia” then he winked and smiled and I knew to let it rest.
Richard G Moore will forever be with us. I can remember and will never forget his sense of humor, and his smile could light up a room. Accomplished beyond what can be written, dad turned 18 in the plane on his way to the Korean War Golden Knight U.S. Army Jump parachute team where he mastered the art of jumping out of perfectly good airplanes … but how do we know if they were perfectly “good” dad would say.
God honed a great man and even after all he could smile, laugh, and enjoy his life. Rest in sweet peace dear dad. Thank you for being so dedicated and strong. Your legacy will continue.
Richard’s five wishes were “I would just like people to remember, I liked all people, was easy going, anything I wanted to try, I did it. I have lived a full life and tell my wife, Joyce I love her from the first I saw her and still do with all my heart.”
Pallbearers will be Richard “Rick” Moore, Daniel Moore, Roger Moore, Taren Moore, Wesley Montgomery and Lee Bullock. Honorary pallbearers are Royce Moore, Breanna Moore and Angelica Moore.
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Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.