Robert W Moore of Columbia, Kentucky, formerly of Lake Orion, Michigan passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 15, 2019. Bob was born on January 26, 1942 in Cumberland, Maryland.
Bob is survived by his wife of 49 years, Shirl, also of Columbia, Kentucky and his daughter, Bobbi Moore of Hixson, Tennessee, and one uncle, Walter Moore of Cumberland, Maryland. He is also survived by his special niece, Terry Wold, her husband, Dennis and their children as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Eleanor (Harris) Moore, his father John Moore, Sr. and brother John “Jack” Moore, Jr.
Bob joined the US Army on November 27, 1961 and was released from his obligation on November 26, 1967. During his service he was stationed in Germany following completion of Engineering School in June, 1962. Having been trained as a heavy equipment mechanic, he returned stateside from his assignment in Germany in November, 1964. Bob was a storyteller. He returned from Germany with dozens of stories about his experiences. In one tale he was operating a large truck mounted crane and discovered the brakes on the vehicle had failed as he was coming down a hill into the compound. Once safely in the compound, he flipped the vehicle on its side.
He had favorite stories about golf, bowling, friends and family. He had a slightly twisted sense of humor, loved to laugh and would tease without mercy but only if he loved you. He loved golf and was good at it. He was a good bowler and had a 300 game in 1979 and another in the early 90's. He loved trips down the Muskegon River on all manner of flotation devices. He was always the engineer on those trips, making sure all boats and chairs were inflated, patched when needed and that the flotilla was always under his command. In the evening around the campfire with adult beverages widely shared, Bob was always in control of the fire and earned the nickname “FF Ranger Bob” in recognition of his role.
Bob worked for General Motors for 31 years and prided himself on being able to fit any door on any vehicle. He remained close to all his buddies from Orion Assembly and would meet the guys for breakfast every year when he returned to Michigan for the annual river trip. Bob and brother Jack were always close, played sports together and shared life's battles.
Of all he cared about, nothing mattered more than family. Keeping the annual family reunions going was a sacred mission. He relished time with his aunts, uncles and many cousins and looked forward to the annual celebration. Over many years, he worked hard to make sure the event happened. The love of his life, the light of his life was his wife of 49 years, Shirl; the yin to his yang, the donkey to his kong. The apple of his eye, his pride and greatest joy was his daughter, Bobbi (aka “Red” or “BD”). Among those with aching hearts is Bob's very special niece, Terry Wold, husband Dennis and their children. He desperately loved his nephews and nieces. In close orbit around him were many dear friends, some like family.
For all the lives he touched, for all the memories he created, we all consider our lives blessed. Bob was genuine, warm and fun-loving. He loved people and lived life. He would pitch in to help on a project and considered himself a great painter despite evidence to the contrary. Despite many efforts to teach him how to play cribbage, Bob just never quite got the hang of it. Our hearts are breaking while our memories continue to bring smiles and laughter. Travel safely dear Bobert. Rest peacefully. We will see you again.
Written by Bob's Brother by Another Mother
The family chose cremation and memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of Hosparus Health Green River in Campbellsville, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus Health Green River, 295 Campbellsville Bypass, Ste. 5, PO Box 4134, Campbellsville, KY 42718.
L.R. Petty Funeral Home in Campbellsville in charge of arrangements.
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