H. Leroy Moore

Born: Sun., Oct. 20, 1918
Died: Tue., Nov. 1, 2011


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Nov. 03, 2011
Location: Fairview Community Center

Celebration of Life

6:30 PM Thu., Nov. 03, 2011
Location: Fairview Community Center

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H. LeRoy Moore, 93, of Lafayette, died at his home on Tuesday, November 1. Born October 20, 1918, in Stockwell, he was the son of the late Harry and Eva Moore. After graduation from Stockwell High School in 1937, LeRoy served in the Air Force Air Corps. In 1942, he married Martha L. Carr, and they have enjoyed 69 years of marriage.

Mr. Moore was a life resident of Lafayette, a serving elder of Immanuel United Church of Christ, a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Experimental Aircraft Association, and a lifetime member of the National Rifleman Association. He and his wife shared a deep passion of flying their own aircraft to many destinations in the states. LeRoy also enjoyed motorcycling, woodworking, travel, and especially spending time with his family. He initiated and fought tirelessly for years to save the Wildcat Valley that we enjoy today from being turned into a commercial reservoir. LeRoy retired from Kettelhut Construction with over 30 years as a construction superintendent. He and his wife then operated their own construction company for 20 years.

Surviving with his wife Martha are a son, David Moore of Delray Beach, Florida; a son, Gregory Moore of Lafayette; a daughter, Lucille Halsmer of Lafayette; a daughter, Lucinda Cook (husband: John) of Colfax; a daughter, Luciene Rathwell of Wayne, Illinois.

Also 10 grandchildren: Heather Moore, Chris Moore, Nathanael Halsmer, Thaddaeus (wife: Kim) Halsmer, Elisabeth Halsmer, Emily (husband: Travis) Daugherty, Philip Halsmer, Eleasah Halsmer, Morgan Cook, and Rylan Rathwell. LeRoy is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, two sisters, and a grandson, Nathanael Halsmer.

A family burial will be held on Wednesday. Friends may visit at a memorial celebration at Fairview Community Center, County Road 200 North, Lafayette, on Thursday, November 3, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Reverend Jacob Hoffman will lead a time of honoring and remembrance. Online condolences may be sent to bodinefuneralhome.com.

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Tom Gripe
   Posted Wed November 02, 2011
I first met LeRoy when we had our aircraft parked back to back in a hangar over at Purdue. This was probably about 1986. He had so many stories about aviation. He described a flight in his Cessna 172 where he and Martha had the throttle cable break. They were unable to change the setting but that old Continental just kept pumping out the power. In his unassuming manner he explained how exciting it was after landing to taxi at cruise power. Another time we flew together in the 172 so that he could show me his farm on the East side of Lafayette. LeRoy was cool, calm, collected, and a very capable pilot. But he did have one habit that drove the Air Traffic Controllers nuts. He would key the mike and say: "This is Cessna November One Two Three Quebec or whatever the call sign was, then pause an eternity with the mike still keyed and then say "We have information Tango.........we are ready to taxi...............over" You could hear the guys in the tower going nuts but nothing ever got LeRoy to change his tempo. Meanwhile, I am hysterically laughing practically falling out the passenger door. I sold my last airplane in 1994 and didn't see him for many years until one day he walks into Eagle Harley Davidson on a Saturday morning for coffee. I then learned that he was also a motorcycle rider. One Saturday he had a block of wood that he had carved the letters S..H..M..I..L..Y. He explained that this was for his children and it stood for See How Much I Love You. He was a gentleman, a Christian, and a quiet man who dearly loved his family..........I shall miss him very much.

Pete Halsmer
   Posted Wed November 02, 2011
Just found out about LeRoy passing, and wanted to extend my thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends. Didn't get to see much of him, but the memories are always of his smile and considerate manner. Sure be thinking of his family during this time, and hoping his memory brings a smile, as he always seemed to have himself.

Love to you all,

Pete Halsmer

Karen Griffith
   Posted Wed November 02, 2011
I first met LeRoy at what we affectionately call " 'Round Table" at Eagle Harley Davidson on a Saturday morning a few years back. Enjoying a cup of coffee and an occasional donut I would listen to LeRoy speak so fondly of Martha, and how they shared 65+ years of marriage. Martha's alzheimer's pained him deeply, and he felt comfortable sharing and talking about his strides to keep her comfortable. With me being a nurse he sought my advice to help him in some of his many questions about her health. I admired LeRoy's ability to look at the bright side, and loved hearing how proud he was of his family. He spoke of his adventures in motorcycling and flying, and then he would leave, with a smile in his eyes and an extra spring in his step. He will be missed greatly, but I am certain now that he will have no effort in kick starting that motorcycle. God rest your soul LeRoy.

Carolyn and Tom Kuespert
   Posted Sat November 05, 2011
Our sincerest sympathy to the entire Moore Family at this most difficult time.
Please know prayers have been and will continue to be lifted for all of you for His Comforting Peace.
LeRoy was a wonderful Christian man and cared deeply, shown by his faith, his family and for many years' dedication to Immanuel UCC and all its members who knew him. A family of pilots, interested in flying, one of my brothers, a pilot knew and respected LeRoy having met him at Warsaw, IN, airport on several of LeRoy's flight travels with Martha along as a pilot as well. Surely LeRoy will be missed by many.

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