As we go to the polls (or don’t) it would be appropriate to remember the service that our departing World War II Veterans gave us so we can still choose our leaders.
The obituary of Theo Moore, who loved to talk about his service to our country, follows:
Major Theo Lee Moore, 94, of Huntley, IL, flew west peacefully on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Sherman Hospital, Elgin, IL, after a long illness.
He was born on September 20, 1919 in Savoy, Texas, the son of Oscar and Gracie (Medford) Moore.
Theo served in the United States Army Air Corp and Artillery during WWII and Korea. He served with the 441st Troup Carrier Group, 301st Troop Carrier Squadron.
Theo graduated from Haskell High School in May 1939.
On February 9, 1943, Theo was united in marriage to Marjorie Anna Preston in Dalhart, Texas.
He went on to complete Glider Pilot, Helicopter Pilot and Aviation Training, logging total pilot time of 5,891 hours by 1960. He served in Germany, England, France, Yugoslavia, Holland and Italy during his military career. He was then employed by
the Federal Aviation Administration for 28 years, lastly as an Accident Prevention Specialist at GADO
3, DuPage Airport, West Chicago, IL. During this time Theo was a certified Flight Examiner proficient in flying single and multi-engine aircraft, helicopters, gyrocopters, hot air balloons and gliders.
In these, he logged more than 30,000 hours before his retirement in 1989.
He was a member of the Little Home Church, Silver Wings Association, WWII Glider Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, Boy Scouts, Chicago Flight Instructors Association (CFIA), American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Theo was awarded Eagle Scout, the Silver Beaver (Boy Scouts of America), selected for the Illinois
Aviation Hall of Fame (1990), the EAA Oshkosh President’s Award (1984), and the “Theo Award” which continues to be awarded annually in his honor for improving aviation safety, by the CFIA. Theo was one of the first 100 Army Aviators to be titled a “Master Aviator”.
Survivors include one daughter, Cynthia Moore of Nashua, MT.; three sons, George (Kathy) Moore
of Helena, MT., Garland Moore of Aurora, IL, and David (Linda) Moore of Huntley, IL. Grandchildren include Jennifer Steven, Alexandra Burke, Nathaniel (Jennifer) Moore, Abraham (Villette) Moore, Andrew Moore and Abigail Moore; and a sister, Pansy Harris of Haskell, Texas. He is also survived by one great-grandchild, Harper Wesen as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Welcoming him home are his wife, Marjorie Moore (2003); his parents, Oscar (1961), Gracie (1989);
a brother, Velton (1974), sister, Onella (1949), and brother-in-law, Henry Harris (2010). He will be
remembered by all for the kindness and love he gave to everyone.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 4 – 7:00 PM at The Little Home Church by the Wayside, 32W128 Army Trail Rd., Wayne, IL and on Friday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of services. A funeral service with military honors will be held at the church on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM with Reverend Ron Purser officiating, lunch for all will follow. A grave side service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday morning, March 22, 2014 at Fort Sheridan Cemetery, Ft. Sheridan, IL. For information call 1-847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com. Memorials may be made to the Little Home Church by the Wayside in Wayne, Illinois.