Richard "Dick" Moore (1927 - 2017)

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INDEPENDENCE – Richard "Dick" Moore, 89 years old, of Independence, died on Sunday, Jan. 22, at his home. He was born on October 3, 1927, in Hampton, the son of William Dewey and Jane Myers Moore. He graduated from high school in Geneva, with the Class of 1945. He graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, with a B.A. degree in 1949, and from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, with a M.S.W. in 1969. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He and the former Berniece N. Peter were married in 1952 in Boone. They later divorced. On Jan. 27, 1995, he and the former Lisa Jeanne Schmitt were married in rural Independence.
Mr. Moore taught high school social studies and history in the Story City, Red Oak, and Independence (from 1961 – 1966) school systems. He was a social worker at the M.H.I. for 25 years before retiring in 1989. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Sheehan-Tidball American Legion Post 30 in Independence.
Mr. Moore also worked for the Independence Motor Speedway, the Dubuque racetrack, the Benton County racetrack, and the West Union racetrack. He hosted the Trackside Racing Show and the Independence Racetrack Show on local radio stations. He also was the owner of DJ's bar in Independence. He was a volunteer driver for Veterans Affairs for 11 years and enjoyed ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. And he was a foster parent for seven years. Mr. Moore enjoyed NASCAR racing, local stock car racing, camping, Hawkeye and Cyclone basketball and football, his two dogs (Bandit and Chance) and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa; three daughters: Alisha Moore and Julieanne Moore, both of Independence, and Sue Kruckenberg of Ogdon; one son, Thomas (Monica) Moore of Johnston; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and a great great grandchild. He is also survived by two brothers: Larry (Janis) Moore of Waterloo, and Bill Moore of Mason City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steve Moore; a sister, Dorothy Trafford; three brothers: Donavan Moore, Jerry Moore, and Eldon Moore; and a son-in-law, Larry Kruckenberg.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Independence with Rev. Greg DeBoer officiating. Friends may call for visitation from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the White Funeral Home in Independence where a Military Service begins at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at a later date. On line condolences may be left at
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 23 to Jan. 28, 2017
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