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Columbia Missourian

Virgil Moore was a family man, World War II veteran

By Lauren Dixon
June 13, 2012 | 7:36 p.m. CDT
Virgil Moore Aug. 25, 1922 – June 12, 2012, of Columbia

COLUMBIA — Virgil Moore was a loving father and great brother.

“He was just a family guy,” his sister, Luci Dannar, said.

Virgil Moore of Columbia died Tuesday, June 12, 2012. He was 89.

Mr. Moore was born in Imboden, Ark., to Elvin P. and Clara Simons Moore on Aug. 25, 1922.

He grew up on a dairy farm with his younger brother and sister. Dannar said this made him “close to the earth.”

Mr. Moore graduated from Hickman High School in 1941, then served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. While serving in World War II, he flew in 19 missions before being shot down over Berlin, after which he became a prisoner of war in Germany for over a year. He received a Purple Heart.

His neighbor and high school sweetheart, Hilda (Bozarth) Moore, was very happy to find out that he was OK. She worked at J.C. Penney Co. at the time, and came into work singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.” She picked him up at the bus station at the intersection of Locust and Tenth streets on his father’s birthday, June 28, 1945. They married on July 7.

They were just short of their 67th anniversary when he died.

“Everyone loved him,” Hilda Moore said. He was a wonderful person who never complained, she said.

They traveled to Europe and went back to the POW camp in Germany. This provided closure for him, she said.

Mr. Moore worked for the Postal Service for 34 years and retired in 1981. He wanted to go back to work, so he was employed part time for several years with the MU Athletics Department as a mail carrier.

Mr. Moore’s brother, Frank Moore, said that Mr. Moore valued his family most. He was a loving father and always tried to teach the right ways to his children, Frank Moore said.

Mr. Moore was crazy about his family, Hilda Moore said. He had two children, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She said she believes that his purpose in life was to raise a great family, which he did.

He was very involved in his community and was a member of the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, Twilight Lodge #114 A.F. & A.M., the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280, Central Missouri Ex-POW Organization and the Disabled American Veterans. 

Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Hilda Moore, of Columbia; his son, Allen Ray Moore, of Rocky Mount; his daughter, Jan Holden, and husband, Wayne, of Columbia*; his brother, Frank Moore, and wife, Katy, of Columbia; his sister, Luci Dannar, of Columbia; his grandchildren, Darrah Kasicki, and husband, Kirk, of St. Louis, and Emily Clark, and husband, Kevin, of Columbia; his great-grandchildren, Emma Grace Kasicki, Hayden Clark and Jack Clark; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.

His daughter-in-law, Nancy Moore, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will follow at the funeral home. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Memorials can be made to Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd., Suite 38, Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203, or Wonderland Camp, 18591 Miller Circle, Rocky Mount, MO 65072.

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