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Col. William W. Moore, USAF (retired) passed away peacefully at home Sept. 8, 2012, with his beloved wife Bonnie at his side, after a long struggle with Parkinson's Plus Syndrome. He was 89 years old. Bill was born at home in the small farming town of Hagerman, Idaho on May 13, 1923, to Daniel Moore and Dorothy Peterson Moore. He joined the Army Air Corps (which later became the Air Force) during WWII on Aug. 4, 1944. When he received a regular commission, he turned it into a 30-year career that he very much enjoyed, being a fighter pilot and officer. As he used to say, "The military is a great life, if you can survive it." The bad part for him was being a POW in North Korea for 33 months, from Nov. 28, 1950 until Sept. 21, 1953, having been captured out of his element (on the ground). According to several fellow POWs, he was always lifting the spirits of others with his positive attitude and sense of humor, and worked at wrangling extra food for the prisoners from the Chinese, through his position in charge of the kitchen. Of the 13 officers he started out with, and was able to keep track of, only 5 survived the extreme deprivation and starvation, including him. After he was released from prison camp he went on to be a test pilot in the Fighter Test Squadron at Eglin AF Base, Florida; Fighter Squadron Commander at Loring AFB, Maine; and Base Commander at Murphy Dome, Alaska. Among other places, he was also stationed at the Pentagon; Penrith, Australia in an exchange program as Chief of Fighter Operations RAAF; and Air Defense Command Headquarters in Colorado Springs. Besides his skill at flying and performing his other tasks, Col. Moore possessed a certain ambiance that drew people to him, and he was greatly loved and appreciated through his life. He will be sorely missed, but at least he will no longer be tormented by the Parkinson's. He was preceded in death by his dearly loved wife of 60 yrs., Lila, and his eldest son Michael. He is survived by his devoted wife of 10 yrs., Bonnie, sons Pat, Kevin and Jon Moore, 6 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He loved his family very much and was a great father and grandfather. He was an avid hunter, fly fisherman, and horseman. The family wishes to express their extreme appreciation to Sangre de Cristo Hospice for their kind, skilled care and help during the last several months of his life. There will be a Memorial for Col. Moore at the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel on September 21, 2012, at 1:00 P.M. that is open to all who wish to honor this wonderful man with their presence.

Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Sept. 18, 2012
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