Robert E. Moore, 83, died Wednesday (May 2, 2012) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.
A celebration of his life will be at noon May 12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington. The family will greet friends beginning at 11 a.m. Cremation will be handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church; Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oakpark Ave., Chicago, IL 60707; or the Sound of Illinois Barbershop Chorus, P.O. Box 994, Bloomington, IL 61702. Robert was a member of these groups for more than 40 years.
He was born May 30, 1928, in McLean, the only son of Jesse Alonzo and Lena Z. (Edwards) Moore.
Bob married Betty L. Kaufman on June 29, 1949, at the Christian Church in Bloomington.
They were blessed with two daughters, Bobilyn (Steve) Keagle, Oakwood, and Barbara Ann (Dwayne) Cooper, Austin, Texas; five grandchildren, Melissa (John) Dalton, Zachary Keagle, Cortney (John Paul) Nyadaro, Daniel Cooper and Mackenzie Cooper; and two sisters, Naomi Catherine (R.W.) Spraggins, Greenville, Texas, and Phyllis (Jackie) Alston, Kerrville, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters and their spouses, Madge (Don) Sparrow and Vivian (Edward) Sevijean.
Bob was a graduate of Bloomington High School. He had been a member of the 144th Field Artillery Battalion of the Illinois National Guard for three years when they were activated in 1952 and sent to Camp Cook, Calif. He was a member of the International Sheet Metal Workers union for more than 50 years, doing mostly commercial heating and ventilation.
He was fortunate enough to have traveled abroad three times and wintered in both Texas and Florida. He and his best friend, the late Harold Smoots, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity for many years, building homes and installing furnaces. His hobby was woodworking, and he was a member of the Central Illinois Woodworkers Club.
Bob was also a member of the International Barbershop Society, singing with the Sound of Illinois Chorus of Bloomington for more than 46 years. He enjoyed fishing with a bow and arrow and fishing on the Illinois River. He also got into golfing. He was a member of Wade Barney Lodge 512, the Mohammed Shriners and the Tin Lizzie Patrol, as well as the American Legion, for many years.
Family was very important to Bob. It was important that each grandchild get a college education. He was always the one the family called upon when they needed something fixed or made. Bob also cherished the many pets throughout life that made their home with him. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him so much.