DEANE OREN MOORE, 88, of Ossian, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital. Born June 16, 1924, in Liberty Center, he was a son of the late Kenneth Lawrence and Esther Sophia (Smith) Moore. He retired from Don R. Fruchy Construction in 1986 as a crane operator. He was a member of Ossian First Presbyterian Church where he served in many capacities. He was a World War II Air Force veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shine, worked at the election board, and was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing cards and meeting his friends in the morning at Nel's Diner. Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Gretchen V. (King) Moore of Ossian; children, Pamela A. (Rick) Sampson of Columbia City and Daniel J. (Paula) Moore of Zanesville; five grandchildren, Michelle (Dave) Armstrong, Sam Moore, Paul (Nikky) Moore, Charley Moore, and Katy Moore; and six great-grandsons. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph K. Moore. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Ossian First Presbyterian Church, 123 South Jefferson St., Ossian, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill St., Ossian. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to the church. To leave condolences, please visit www.elzey-patterson-rodak.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 20, 2012