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PENSACOLA, Fla. – Ronald Wayne "Ron" Moore, 65, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away peacefully Saturday, March 15, 2014, at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., ending his long-fought battle with Lewy body dementia/Parkinson's disease.
Born May 7, 1948, in Lafayette, Ind., the son of William E. and Elizabeth M. (Halsema) Moore, he met the love of his life and best friend, Teresa "Punky" (Bloom) Moore while lifeguarding at the Genoa, Ill., pool. They were married on March 19, 1971, at St. Catherine of Genoa Catholic Church, in Genoa.
He served as a specialist fourth class in the U.S. Army, earning a National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Sharp Shooter status after graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1970. Ron then returned to his alma mater, Genoa-Kingston High School, to teach and coach, inspiring and motivating students for more than 12 years. After teaching, he enjoyed several years of working with friends and colleagues at Franklin Life Insurance. Becoming a pioneer in the cellular industry allowed Ron and Punky to experience several tropical island adventures, and eventually relocated them to Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, where they have lived for the past 19 years.
Ron was an avid tennis enthusiast, basketball player and bicycle rider. He was a true competitor from the card table to the board room. During his retirement, you'd find Ron watching the Cubs, Bears, Saints, NASCAR and college sports, all of which allowed him to tear up during his favorite song, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Ron always put his family first, charming them with his sense of humor and kind, gentle heart. His nurturing, supportive and mentoring nature had a lasting impact on everyone he encountered.
Left to honor his memory are his devoted wife, Punky of Creedmoor, N.C.; loving daughters, Jenna (husband, Heath, and son, Nathan) Colvin of Atlanta, and Timeri (husband, Jonathan, and daughters, Caden and Ellery) Hudson of Creedmoor. Ron also was survived by his siblings, John (Roxann) Moore, Thomas (Candice) Moore and Barbara Moore; as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews that were all special to him.
Ron's friends and family are invited to celebrate his life Saturday, March 29, at Northern Illinois University Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, located at 231 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. Join the family for an informal, open house gathering from 1 to 3 p.m. Words of tribute, memories and stories about their loved one are encouraged to be shared from 3 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Northern Illinois University Foundation in his honor.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.BrownWynneMillbrook.com.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Mar. 26, 2014
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