SANDUSKY - James E. (Jay) (Jim) Moore, 78, of Sandusky, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Stein Hospice Center, Sandusky, after a recent illness.
He was born May 26, 1934, to Eugene and Edna (Foos) Moore. He was a member of St. Peter and Paul's parish. Jim was a 1952 graduate of Bellevue High School and then served four years in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. He graduated from New Castle, Pa., school of trades as a brick mason. In addition to many brick, stone, and concrete jobs as owner of JEM Construction, he also worked at Ford Motor Co. as a millwright and retired after 30 years. During retirement, he worked as needed for security or maintenance at Parkvue Retirement Assisted Living and Parkvue Care Center.
Jim was an avid wood carver and life member of Ohio Decoy Carvers and Collectors Association (ODCCA), Duck's Unlimited, Magee Marsh, National Rifle Association, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Ford UAW, Charter Captains Association, and Firelands Area Runners (FAR). He was a volunteer for FAR, ODCCA, Sandusky State Theatre, Firelands Symphony Orchestra and Merry-Go-Round Museum. He also volunteered at world triathlons/duathlons in Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand where his wife competed as Team USA. He also worked at many area races and triathlons. He enjoyed travel on cruise ships and also vacations to Caribbean Islands, Mexican resorts, Canada, Florida, and California. He also loved Lake Erie boating, fishing, gardening, cooking, and dancing.
Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Johanna (Gallam) Moore. They were married Sept. 17, 1955, at Immaculate Conception Church, in Bellevue. Survivors also include sons, Mike Moore, Lakeworth, Fla., and Dr. Jeffrey (Deborah) Moore, Dublin, Ohio; daughter, Colleen (Al) Barton, Hemet, Calif.; grandsons, Brad Moore, Austin and Everett Barton; brothers-in-law, John (Claire) Gallam and Jack McCormick; sister-in-law, Bonnie Moore; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Edna Moore; brother, Neil Moore; and sister, Nancy McCormick.
There will be no visitation on his request and private services will be at a later date. His body will go to OSU as he wished for teaching and cremation will take place.
Foos and Foos Funeral Service is in care of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St., Sandusky, OH 44870; Firelands Symphony, 334 E. Washington St., Sandusky, OH 44870; or Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.foosfuneral.com.