Roland J. "Jerry" Moore, 92, of W6435 W. Kraft Road, Tomahawk, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Golden Living-Riverview Rehab and Care Center in Tomahawk.
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Jerry was born May 26, 1919, in Cicero, Ill. At the age of 17 Jerry was drafted into the Army Air Corps during World War II. He attended college in Chicago after the war and continued a career in the United States Air Force as an aeronautic mechanic. He later served in the Korean War and Vietnam War becoming a three-time war veteran. He was married to Phyllis Skrede on June 7, 1952, in Pascagoula, Miss. She passed away in 1998.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, Jerry joined the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, serving as a deputy sheriff for many years. He later worked at Owens Illinois Paper Mill in Tomahawk and as a driver for Sacred Heart Hospital.
Jerry was a member of the VFW, the Masonic Lodge, and Civil Air Patrol. He also fulfilled a lifelong love of flying and purchased his pride and joy, a Piper Warrior Cub II personal aircraft. In May of 2011 Jerry was accompanied by his daughter, Susan, on the trip of a lifetime, the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Survivors include a son, Rodney (RaeLea) Moore of Holt, Mich., and their children, Melanie, Caroline, Joshua and Jacqueline; and a daughter, Susan (Dixon "Speedy") Kuzmik of Wausau, and their children, Jafia Kuzmik and her daughter, Emma, Jenna Kuzmik, Katelyn Haarala of Oshkosh and her son, Jayce.
Jerry is further survived by a companion, Karen Fehr of Merrill; and his dear friend and caretaker, Vicki Carstensen.
Funeral services for R. Jerry Moore will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2012, from Grace Lutheran Church in Tomahawk. The Rev. Mark Ziemer will officiate. Burial with military rites will follow in Merrill Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Krueger Family Funeral Home in Tomahawk with a 7 p.m. military tribute service. The visitation will continue Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at Grace Lutheran Church.
You may view the obituary and send online condolences at www.kruegerfamilyfuneral.com.
The family would like to thank the staff at Golden Living-Riverview and AseraCare Hospice for their wonderful care.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on May 2, 2012