Surrounded by his family, George Alexander Moore of Roach MO, passed peacefully into his eternal rest at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital on January 27, 2018.
Surrounded by his family, George Alexander Moore of Roach MO, passed peacefully into his eternal rest at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital on January 27, 2018. A celebration of his colorful life will be held Saturday, February 3 at 3:00pm at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel 424 S. Main St in Palmyra with Pastor George Head officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 2:00pm. Memorials to the Animal Shelter of Linn County may be left at or mailed to Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. George (“Sonny”) Moore, the only child of Lloyd Weaver and Marian Saffarrans Moore was born in Hannibal, MO on October 2, 1928. He led a lively life growing up in Palmyra, was graduated from Hannibal High School, and went off to Mizzou as an agriculture student and to play football for Don Faurot’s Tigers. During WWII, he enlisted in the US Navy where he kept the engines in good repair for the Navy’s pilots. At the end of his enlistment he returned to Missouri where he met Betty Jean Smith of Chula MO. They were married on February 23, 1952 and George went to work with Betty’s family doing farming and raising turkeys; oh, there were so.many.turkeys! George and Betty had three children, Deborah Jean, John Weaver, and Shawn Alexander and his occupation turned to providing for his larger family by moving into the ag chemical field. He worked in Missouri and Florida and retuned to the Palmyra area where he retired from ag chemicals and managed the storied Bay de Charles Men’s Club for several years. He and Betty divorced and several years later he met Mary Ellen Van Ever Cooren at a dance. They fell in love at first dance and danced their way through a long and happy life. They were married on December 24th 1973 and began a wonderful, amazing adventure living first in the wilderness of Alaska as professional hunters, fisherfolk, fur trappers and gold miners. The stories they tell of their lives together are ones that would make a great tv reality series. They have lived all over the northwest United States hired to protect domestic animal herds by hunting and trapping predator animals. They have the furs and taxidermied animals to prove it (!!!) lining their A-Frame at the Lake of the Ozarks, which was their base for the rest of their lives. George lived for opening of deer season with family in Linn County and to hunt, trap, and fish every opportunity he could at the Lake. Mary predeceased him on July 12, 2012. George is survived by his son, Shawn and wife Jinny Moore of Brookfield and his grandchildren, Morgan Alexandra Moore of St Louis and John-Allen Ridgeway Moore (USN) of Coronado CA. He also is survived by his cousins, Carroll and Mary Jo Ragar, Robyn Ragar Colgrove, Catie, Colten, Case and Casch Doyle, Mary Brooks Ragar, and Carrie McKinney all of Palmyra, Maurie Saffarrans Williams of Port Washington WI, Maurice (Jeep) Saffarrans, Jr of Colorado Springs, CO, George Verdner (GV III) and Sue Saffarrans, of Huntington Beach CA, Sandra Gebhardt, Cynthia Hermann, Pam Hermann Toler of Peoria IL, Randy Gebhardt, Ricky and Maritza Gebhardt of IL, Jane Claus of Long Beach CA, Stephen and Jadith Labonge of Lafayette CA, Margie Robertson of CA, and Maggie Robertson of Madison WI, Sean Robertson of Tucson, AZ Jill and Joel Dryden of IL. He also leaves his extended family, Beth, Ali, and Rocco Freeland of the the Lake and Oklahoma along with his sweet little dog, Angus, who was his constant companion. His many Lake Friends will certainly miss seeing him tooling along the shore every day. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Deborah Jean Moore, his son John Weaver Moore, and Betty Moore.