YORKTOWN - Jerry D. Moore, 64, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2014, after a tough battle with cancer. He was a native of Greenville, Kentucky and a resident of Yorktown for the past 15 years. Jerry graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1971. The draft was in full force and he knew it was only a matter of time before they drafted him, so he decided to join the Air Force in 1972. He fully intended to serve his time in the military and planned to go to law school afterward. The military was only a small detour in his plans, brought on by the Vietnam War. As it turned out, Jerry loved the Air Force and ended up serving 30 years and was extremely proud. He used to say, "Where else can a 23 year old be trusted to fly in these million dollar planes, up in the clouds, looking down on Earth--it just doesn't get any better than that!" He first flew on KC-135 Stratotankers and later became an instructor. In 1981, he left the cockpit for a series of career broadening assignments in logistics. He became the Transportation Squadron Commander in June 1983. Then he was sent to Ankara, Turkey as the US Logistics Group Chief of Transportation where he was awarded USAFE's Officer of The Year of 1987. Next came Director of Transportation for Headquarters Eighth Air Force. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his part during Desert Storm where he was Chief of Logistics for the United States Transportation Command and later the Chief, Air Transportation Readiness Branch at Twenty-First Air Force. In August 1998 he 'joined the Army' when he became the Director of the Joint Deployment Training Center at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Jerry rounded out his career in the Air Force as the Chief, NATO Concept Development and Experimentation Branch, Headquarters (NATO). During his Air Force career, he received numerous awards and medals. He received his MBA in 1979 from Gonzaga University. He retired from the military in August 2002. After retiring, his next chapter was as a Government Contractor continuing to support military programs working with our Allied Partners as a Logistics Transformation Specialist. Jerry is survived by his parents, James and Dorothy Moore of Greenville, Kentucky; his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth; and his two wonderful children, Megan Moore of New York, NY and a son, Brian Moore of Hampton, Virginia, of which he was extremely proud. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Moore and sister-in-law, Yvonne, of Alvaton, Kentucky; his sister, Rhonda Wagoner and brother-in-law, Tim, of Bowling Green, Kentucky; his brother, David Moore of Greenville, Kentucky; and many nieces, nephews and friends. After traveling the world and being away from Kentucky all those years, Jerry was thankful for Facebook, which allowed him to keep in touch with new friends and re-connect with all his childhood friends. Jerry was a car enthusiast and The Beatles #1 fan. A Graveside Service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia. After the service, there will be a reception for all at 11:30 a.m. at the Running Man Clubhouse. The family wishes to thank Bon Secours Hospice for all that they did for Jerry and everything they do every single day. In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in his memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily Press on Jan. 21, 2014