ARAPAHOE -- Earl Thomas Moore, 81, died Sunday (May 24, 2009) at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe.
He was born Dec. 13, 1920, to Cyrus "Ole" and N. Mable (Horton) Clements. His mother died shortly after his birth. He was later adopted by her sister, Grace L. (Horton) Moore and husband, Oscar Frank Moore. He was almost 20 years old when he learned that he had been adopted.
He graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1938. He went on to McCook Community College and graduated in 1941.
On Oct. 5, 1941, he married Gwendolyn Faith Stevens. They moved to Lincoln, where he attended the University of Nebraska Engineering College for four months studying Aircraft Assembly Inspection. He then worked in Omaha for Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Co. as an inspector.
In August of 1944, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps, and became an aircraft mechanic and served in France, Germany and Austria. After his discharge in April of 1946, he worked for his brother in the grocery store in Arapahoe. In 1947, he started farming southwest of Arapahoe. In 1979, they sold their farm and moved into Arapahoe. On Jan. 13, 1984, his wife died from cancer.
On Aug. 5, 1990, he married Dorothy Mercedees Beach in Lexington. They made their home in Arapahoe.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Arapahoe. He was Master of the Grange and a member of the Wheat Growers Association in Furnas County. He called square dances from 1957 until 1992 and played the clarinet and piano.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyrus and Mable Clement and Frank and Grace Moore; wife, Gwendolyn F. Moore; brother, Orval Moore; sister, Fern Johnson; and son, Earl Hugh Moore.
Survivors include his wife, D. Mercedees Moore of Arapahoe; son, Craig and wife, Mary Moore of Agoura Hills, Calif.; step-son, Vernon and wife, Margie Beach of Arlington, Wash., and Charles and wife, Kathryn Beach of Las Vegas, Nev.; step-daughter, Karen and husband, Randall Shackelford of Lexington, Mo,; three grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe with the Rev. George Probasco officiating. Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery with military rites given by the American Legion Post No. 343 of Edison.
Viewing and visitation will be today until 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe and prior to the service at the church on Friday. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at www.wenburgfuneralhome.com.
Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of arrangements.