Heaven became happier, May 4th, when Don, in the presence of God, his wife, Judy, his son, Eric, and brother-law, Joe, passed away peacefully from his life of 86 years here to his eternal life, joining loved ones that have preceded him in death.
Don, son of the late Ruth (nee Congleton) & the late Lawrence Moore, brother of Marvin Moore and Ida Czapczyk, both deceased. Beloved husband for almost 62 years to Judith “Judy” (nee Ernst) Moore, loving father of their son, Eric Joseph Moore, and fun-loving uncle and great uncle.
Don fought a tough battle through his recent suffering, and did so with courage, and a determined spirit, while maintaining his humor that he was so well known for. We all loved Don and will miss him dearly, but know that he is in a better place where he endures no further pain or suffering. We are all blessed by having spent a long lifetime together with Don. To know Don was to love Don, he had fun all the time.
He was simple, unpretentious, and faithfully loved. He provided for Judy and Eric. He was always a gentleman, and a ‘gentle man’ plus a fun-friend to so many. He never talked or bragged about himself, he was exemplary. Except…Don was NOT a ‘handyman’. He was called “Clouseau” because he had the craziest accidents when wanting to help fix something for friends/family. He laughed harder than anyone regarding his mishaps.
Don went to Chouteau Grade School, at which time he was the marbles champion in the city. Don attended Hadley Technical High School, and evening classes for three years at Washington University. He was a great gymnast at Hadley Tech. Their team (had no coach) but took 1st every year. In 1958 he joined the National Guard and had Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood with Mike Shannon. In a gymnastic competition, Mike received 1st place and Don 3rd place. Later at Fort Ord, CA, Curt Flood and Chris Cantanzaro asked Don to join them playing pinochle. Don came in 1st beating Curt & Chris later in a competition. He was discharged from the National Guard in 1963.
He and Judy met at the Arena Roller Skating Rink 1957. Don did freestyle/figure skating and Judy dancing. They knew that were meant for each other and a love grew that lasted a life-time.
Don’s first job was at Corrigan Company doing drafting, 1955-1959. Then Don worked in Civil Engineering, drafting at Rapp & Rapp Surveyors, 1959-1977. He was co-owner of Summa-Moore Inc., 1977-1986, then owned his own company, Moore Surveying Inc., 1986-2007, retiring January 11, 2007. He belonged to Missouri Association of Registered Land Surveyors and a member of the Engineers Club of St. Louis.
Don loved spending time with his family and friends, traveling, especially cruises, loved bowling ‘bowled 300’, loved golf, and shot a ‘hole in one’, enjoyed tennis, horseshoes, bottlecaps, fishing, and loved playing cards or other games. Don loved the “Cardinals”. He loved animals, especially our dog, Angel. He and Judy loved walking in parks by the rivers, and loved dancing, any kind of dancing. His nickname was “Fred” (Astaire). Don was President of The Dance Club 2011-2012. He loved to read, watch news, sports, and work on his stocks. He, especially, loved the Casino’s and was pretty lucky. Don was always happy, always smiling, and never raised his voice at Judy or Eric or anyone else. He never criticized anyone or corrected them. He had a sweet and gentle disposition.
Don’s strong legacy and memory will live on through us every day. We are so thankful for his friendship and love. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”
May God grant you everlasting life. “May you stay safe and stay well”, and may you rest in peace until we meet again in God’s Kingdom. “If love could have cured you, you would have lived forever.”
Services: A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023, at John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South County Chapel, 4830 Lemay Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church, 4900 Ringer Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63129.
There are not enough words to fully express our heartfelt gratitude, love, and support that you have given to our family over the years. You truly are ‘our angels’ on earth. Special thanks to our Palliative nurse, Mercy South 8th floor nurses, and all at DeGreeff Hospice Care House, and especially Monsignor Norb Ernst.
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