BOBBY O. MOORE
Bobby O. Moore – 1932-2018
It is with great sadness that we share the loss of Bobby O. Moore. His passing on February 5th, 2018 brings to a close 85 years of a life well led. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Barbara Moore; and two sons Doug Moore (Sydnie) of San Diego and Rick Moore (Paula) of Annapolis; and four loving grandchildren. Bobby’s legacy lives on.
Born to an Irish American family in the coal mining town of Lynch, in Harlan County, Kentucky, Bobby grew up in a generation of hard work and principled values. Leaving the mountains to attend Berea College – a small private university that provides a free education for children of Appalachian families – Bobby met the love of his life, Barbara. Their chance encounter on a rainy walk back to the dorms after dinner is a story that has been told more than once.
Their marriage in December of 1955 would see them off to San Francisco for Bobby’s stint in the Army – this was a time they forever spoke of fondly. No money, no true possessions beyond an old Buick – but lots of friends and fond memories of experiences as a young married couple. Later, they moved to Lexington, Kentucky where Bobby attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky. During this time, Bobby and Barbara balanced the trials of starting a family, as he studied for a Ph.D. in Microbiology and both worked hard to pay the bills.
Upon completion of his doctorate, Bobby’s career took him to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he landed a position as a researcher at Fort Dodge Laboratories, gaining renown for his role in the development of equine vaccines. There, they raised two boys and saw them through college at the University of Iowa. Following those years, Bobby would see one more work stint at Bayer Industries in Kansas City, MO before he moved to his beloved Sun City West.
In Sun City West, Bobby and Barbara found their perfect retirement spot. This sunny new home provided plenty of activities and, of course, multiple golf courses to satisfy their love of golf. It was a place he knew he would never leave.
Whether talking about his childhood, his family, or recent events, Bobby could always be counted on for an interesting story, funny anecdote, or unique perspective. He leaves behind a treasure trove of stories, sayings and wisdom that will influence many people for years and years to come.
A small private family gathering was held in lieu of a funeral. Those who wish to send a memorial gift in Bobby’s name can donate to Berea College (www.berea.edu/give) to enable others to start their wonderful life adventure just like Bobby and Barbara did so many years ago.
Bob, Bobby, Gpa, Dad – you will be forever loved and forever missed.