Howard H. "Red" Moore, age 91, died peacefully on September 5, 2013 at home in Weimar, Texas surrounded by his family. Red was born in Beaumont, Texas on August 11, 1922 to Howard and Vallie Moore. |
Red married Marilyn Fields on March 21, 1945. They were happily married for 67 years until Marilyn's death in November of 2012. He leaves behind his two daughters and their spouses: Marilyn and Ernie Davis of College Station, Texas and Elizabeth and William "Bill" Clifford of Katy, Texas. Red also leaves three grandchildren and their spouses: Roger and Jennifer Rabalais and their children Will and Kate of Berlin, Germany, Tina and Lionel Johnston and their daughters Jacqueline and Caroline of Katy, Texas, and Ryan and GennyRabalais and their son Samuel of Spring, Texas. He was also preceeded in death by his sister Vallie Broussard.
Red attended San Jacinto High School in Houston before studying engineering at Texas A & M University. During World War II, he voluntarily joined the US Navy and served as a fighter pilot on the Hornet, Hancock and Intrepid aircraft carriers. He flew the Grumman F6F Hellcat throughout the Pacific Theatre and over numerous Japanese controlled Islands and mainland targets. After the war he focused on oil field related businesses and retired as chief engineer at Camco. He invented the side pocket mandrel which is still used in drilling and exploration.
After retirement, Red enjoyed his family, his ranch, hunting and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where he served as a Lifetime Vice President. He was active in many other organizations including the Lions Club and Tejas Vaqueros. He also served on the board of directors for the Weimar Hospital and Hill Bank and Trust of Weimar.
One of Red's last projects was to complete a prayer garden at St. Michael Catholic Church for the Weimar community to be built in memory of Marilyn; the garden was dedicated last month.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm, with a Rosary following at 7:00 pm at St. Michael Catholic Church, 410 N Center St., Weimar, Texas. A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, September 11 at St. Michael Catholic Church at 11:00 am.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests, with gratitude, that contributions may be made in Red's memory to St. Michael School in Weimar and Hospice of South Texas.
Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com
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Published in Houston Chronicle from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2013