Raymond C. Moore

Raymond C. Moore of Warrenton passed away June 23, 2020. He was born Nov. 25, 1933, in Concordia, Kansas, to Raymond Clark Moore and Florence E. (nee Kent) Moore. He had reached the age of 86 years, 6 months and 29 days.

Ray lived in Bennington, Kan., for first, second and third grade, then moved to Topeka, Kan., for fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grade. He moved to Emporia, Kan., for eighth grade, then moved to Salina, Kan., when his mom and dad bought a flying service and called it Moore Air Service.

He attended high school and worked at the airport after school and on the weekends. The family lived in a loft at the airport. Ray learned to fly at the age of 16 and at 18 received his flight instructor rating and commercial pilot’s license. At 19 he went into active duty in the Navy Air Service working in flight operations. He taught flying on his time off in Kansas City, Mo.

After serving two years in the Navy, he moved back to Salina and went to work for his dad at the flying service.

He went to Fort Worth, Texas, to gain his twin engine and instrument flying ratings. At age 23 he took a flying position for Northern Natural Gas in Omaha, Neb. He worked there until 1963, when he moved to St. Louis to fly for Emerson Electric. He then took a job with Continental Telephone flying the new jet.

In 1969 they transferred him to Long Island, New York, flying the chairman of the board for the company on another new jet, a four engine Lockheed JetStar. In 1975 the company sold the plane and he moved to Valparaiso, Indiana, flying a four engine JetStar for a company out of Chicago.

In 1978 the plane was sold and he moved back to St. Louis with the Hussmann Corporation in Bridgeton. He flew for them until he retired in 1990. Ray had an exciting career and enjoyed meeting people he flew, such as Muhammad Ali, Ronald Reagan and Frank Sinatra.

He met Debbie in March 1989 and found total happiness. They were married Oct. 5, 1989. He then went to work at the Burlington Coat Factory on Nov. 12, 1990, after being retired for 12 days! His hobbies included small gardening and flowers including roses, tomatoes, and peppers; as well as woodworking, cooking, yardwork, and word search books.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Debbie Moore; one brother, Merril (Bonnie) Moore; children Alisa (Gary) Hooper, Kara (Shawn) Krause, Lynne (Don) Daniels, Lori Collazo, Lisa (Wayne) Dodge, and Steve Moore. He was special papa to Brandon, Riley and Luke; grandpa to Ben, Kevin, Caleb, Michael, Vinnie, Katie, Ryan, Jonathan, Ricky, Sarah, Cody and Chelsea; great-grandpa to 15 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, June 30, 10 a.m. to noon at Martin Funeral Home in Warrenton. Funeral services will begin at noon followed by interment at Warrenton City Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial donations are preferred to Tribute to Veterans Memorial, make checks payable to: TTVM, c/o Martin Funeral Home, 510 E. Main St., Warrenton, MO 63383. Online condolences may be made at www.martinfuneral.net.



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