Raymond D. Moore (1922 - 2014)

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Raymond D. Moore, 92, died at The Village in Indianola on July 6, 2014. His body has been donated to science. Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola on Wednesday, July 9. The family will be present. A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola on Saturday, August 2.

Raymond was born June 4, 1922 to Reverend Forest A. and Ida Freeman Moore, the seventh son in a family of twelve children, in Poweshiek County, IA. He grew up in various Methodist parsonages in Iowa, graduating from Center High School in Johnson County. After working on a farm near Muscatine for several years, Raymond was inducted into the United States Army in 1945, served in Okinawa and came back to Iowa in 1946. On August 17, 1948, he married Marjorie Weber in Liberty Pole, WI.

Raymond received a B.A. degree from Simpson College in January of 1950, then graduated from seminary at Boston University in 1954. In the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church, he served churches at Broadhorn, Liberty Center, Carl-Mt. Etna, North Liberty-Tiffin, Rippey-Fairview, Moulton Circuit, Killduff-Reasnor, Mediapolis-Sperry, Dunlap-Dow City, Sigourney and Brooklyn. He served the Annual Conference in various roles: Chair of Business and Agenda, Chief Teller, and Chair of Rules of Order and was a mentor to several younger pastors. Besides serving the churches, one of his strong interests was Missions, with participation in trips to Central America and various places in the United States. Upon retirement to Knoxville, he served as visitation pastor at Knoxville UMC and then as part-time chaplain at the VA Hospital.

Family vacations were a high point in his life; the family camped coast to coast and visited many national parks and historic sites. He travelled to the Holy Land, Europe, England, Okinawa and other places of interest. His retirement years were filled with gardening, fishing and reading. In 2007, Raymond and Marjorie moved to The Village in Indianola.

He leaves to enjoy memories of him, his wife, Marjorie; four children, Ann Johnson of Norwalk, Kathleen Moore of Delhi, Philip Moore and wife Char Heitman of Eugene, OR, and Carol Zumwalt and husband Ronald of Indianola; six grandchildren, Kurt Johnson of Phoenix, Jennifer Zumwalt Jones and husband Joe of Indianola, Andrew Zumwalt of West Des Moines, Samuel Zumwalt and Rachel Zumwalt of Indianola, and Rio Moore of Eugene OR; and two great-granddaughters, Leah and Kate Jones. Surviving siblings are Edwin Moore and wife Gwen, Priscilla Strohbehn and husband Dale, sisters-in-law Marles Moore and Miriam Weber, and brother-in-law Richard Weber and wife Eloise, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Howard, Donald, Forest Alleyene, John Paul, Harold, Robert, Lester and Norman, and sister Lucille Butcher.

Memorials may be given to Bidwell-Riverside Community Center, Simpson College or The Good Shepherd Fund at The Village. Online condolences may be made at www.overtonfunerals.com.


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Published in Des Moines Register on July 8, 2014
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