James F. Moore

Comdr. James F. Moore

USNR Retired

94, died Monday, March 18, 2013, He was born at home near Bunker Hill, Indiana, July 9, 1918 to Edgar Valentine and Grace Tillett Moore.

He was a graduate of Bunker Hill High School and graduated from Purdue University in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. While attending Purdue he was a member of the Purdue Glee Club for 3 years.

In 1958 he married Charlene Weimer McCormick and had a wonderful marriage of 46 years until Charlene's death in 2004.

Comdr. Moore retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1958 having served since 1940. In 1940 he served on the battleship USS Arkansas. In 1941 he was assigned to the USS Antares as a Senior Officer. This ship was at the mouth of Pearl Harbor during the December 7, 1941 attack. Later he was the Executive Officer of the USS Antares. During his naval career he was Commanding Officer of the USS Pembina during World War II and the Commanding Officer of the USS Burlington during the Korean War. In 1948 - 1949 he was an Administration Officer at the Severn River Naval Command at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While stationed at Annapolis he served on the General Court Marshall Board and was 3rd in line to assume command of the Academy.

Comdr. Moore received various medals and ribbons including the Combat Ribbon with Five Battle Stars and a Medal and Ribbon from Kim Dae-Jung, the President of the Republic of Korea.

Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy he joined the firm of United States Fidelity and Guarantee - Foster and Messick division in Indianapolis.

He worked there for 24 years in the Engineering Department. Comdr. Moore was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, an avid photographer, loved flying, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the American Theater Wing in New York. He was very active in the Ole Olsen Theater, where he acted in many plays and served as President of the organization.

Comdr. Moore is survived by his stepchildren, Anne McCormick Duvall (Michael) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, William Charles McCormick of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Joseph Weimer McCormick (Patricia) of Peru, Indiana. He is also survived by grandchildren, Michael Ford Duvall,II of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jenifer McCormick Ricketts (Hank) of Fishers, Indiana, Justin McCormick (Tricia) of Fishers, Indiana, Marisa Stewart of Elkhart, Indiana; nephew, Gregory Moore Ogle (Carole) of Bunker Hill, Indiana; niece, Sally Moore Hemdal (John) of Dundee, Michigan, cousin Bill Tillett of Indianapolis, Indiana and several grand nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Charlene, his parents, brother Captain Paul Edgar Moore, who was a POW of the Japanese during World War II, and his sister Mildred Moore Ogle.

A service celebrating the life of James F. Moore will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main, Peru with Rev. Joel Flowers officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery with military graveside services provided by the Miami County Military Rites Unit and U.S. Navy. Family and friends will gather at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home , Peru from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the Miami County Salvation Army or Miami County Helping Hands.

Funeral Home

Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home
84 West Main Street Peru, IN 46970
(765) 473-5545

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 21, 2013