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James Moore (1931 - 2013)

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James B. Moore

February 1, 1931 - March 28, 2013

ALBANY - Surrounded at home by his loving wife and daughters, James Bismark Moore, age 82 of Albany, lost his 2-year struggle with lung cancer.

Born in Eugene to N.J. and Harriet Brehaut Moore, Jim moved with his family to Salem as a young child. There he attended schools which included Salem High School, class of 1950 where he met the love of his life at a sophomore dance. On June 28, 1951, he married Vergene Mackey. They enjoyed more than 65 happy years together.

As a youth, Jim was an outstanding athlete, especially enjoying football, baseball and fast-pitch softball. As a young man he raced motorcycles and founded the Albany Motorcycle Club and was active for many years in promoting the local racing scene at Asbury Park in Albany. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge, East Albany Lions Club, and the Jaycees.

Of a strong work ethic, Jim was employed for 10 years at Oregon Pulp and Paper in Salem, then in 1958 he and his wife bought a local business, Albany Motorcycle Sales. In 1972, he sold the business and went to work as a welder at Teledyne Wah Chang, retiring after 23 years of service in 1996. In his 17 years of retirement he enjoyed traveling with his wife, especially to Hawaii and Australia where they visited their son and his family. Jim had a life-long passion for hunting, fishing, and the beauty of the outdoors. He especially enjoyed deep sea salmon fishing and the boat he named "Genie". Among his favorite pastimes were his vegetable garden and cooking for his large extended family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Vergene Mackey Moore; a sister, Norma Benedict of Salem; his three children, Cindy Moore Hill and husband James of Portland, Tom Moore and wife Kathy of Perth, Australia, and Terry Moore Rife and husband Bruce of Beaverton; 9 grandchildren: Lindsay and Spencer Hill; Elle, Kyle, Michael, and Joshua Moore; Alyssa, Haley and Nick Rife and one great-grandchild, Julian Lake. In addition, he is survived by his sister-in-law Josele Mackey Taylor and husband John, many nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.

Known for his dry sense of humor and devotion to his family, he never missed a grandchild's athletic event. Jim was proud of his family and was an inspiration to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. Affectionately known to them as "Poppy", he will be missed by all those who loved him.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 4 at 2:00pm, at the Albany Golf and Event Center (formerly the Springhill Country Club), 155 NW Country Club Lane, Albany, OR 97321. Private burial is at the Lebanon I.O.O.F. cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim's memory may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice or the Albany Boys & Girls Club in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. SW, Albany, OR 97321.

Online condolences may be posted at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 11, 2013
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