WILLIAM ROBERT ("BILL") MOORE, 95
LAKELAND - William R. "Bill" Moore, 95, passed peacefully in his sleep on January 30 due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
Bill was born in 1918 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Lilian and John Moore, British immigrants. He was the middle of three sons, Philip and John, who predeceased him, as did his parents.
After graduation from high school, Bill joined the 102nd Horse Cavalry and later, the Army Air Corps. When WWII started, he became a flight instructor. He was matched with a pen pal, Bette Yost, while he was enlisted. They communicated for several months and shortly after meeting and a whirlwind romance, she became his beloved wife and best friend. They had six children between the years of 1944 and 1956.
Bill went to Purdue University on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering after 21/2 years. Bill and Bette moved to New Jersey and later, to Florida. After having positions at Standard Oil, North American Aviation at Cape Canaveral, IMC, among others, Bill decided to start his own business.
In 1962, Bill bought out JuNo Supply Co. a small "mom and pop" business in Clearwater. Through hard work, integrity, and stellar business practices, JuNo eventually became JuNo Industries, Inc., a very successful company with headquarters in Lakeland and several branches throughout Florida and Georgia. After Bill's retirement in 1984, his son, Billy, took over the company, although Bill remained owner and CEO. Bill and Bette moved to Sun City Center, FL in 1985, where they enjoyed living on a golf course and making new friends. JuNo continued to prosper and in 1996, Bill sold the business to Hughes Supply Co.
Due to Bette's failing health, the couple moved back to Lakeland in 2007, where they could be closer to family members. After more than 65 years of marriage, Bette passed away in 2009.
Bill lived his life with gusto and was full of energy, ambition, and a keen sense of humor, even in his final months. In addition to his wife and family, Bill's other passion throughout his life was golf. He won many tournaments, including several with his son, Billy.
Bill was also predeceased by his oldest daughter, Bonnie. He is survived by daughters, Beverly (Bob) Reilly of Denver, CO, Barbara Canning and Betsy (Bob) Newmyer of Lakeland and sons Bob Moore (Darla) of Winter Park, FL and Billy Moore of Tampa. He was also "Poppy" to eight cherished grandchildren and four great granddaughters.
The family is especially grateful for the care Bill received at Florida Presbyterian Homes.
A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held at the Moore Chapel at Florida Presbyterian Homes on Feb. 10 at 3:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:
USF Foundation Inc.
attn: Holly Lisle
USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
Published in Ledger from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4, 2014