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Richard Lee Moore

August 29, 1934 — May 18, 2023

Richard Lee Moore

 

Richard Lee Moore passed away peacefully in the care of Hospice on May 19th, 2023 on his final journey to eternal rest with the good Lord after multiple health complications.

Richard was born August 29th, 1934 to Robert Lee and Hannah Moore in Walla Walla, WA. Richard grew up in a neighborhood populated with children of Union Pacific Railroad employees as his father worked for the railroad as well. Richard attended Washington Elementary School as well as Walla Walla Highschool, graduating in 1952. Among other school activities, he was a member of the track team. He was part of the relay team that placed 4th in the state his senior year.

Ever known as a hard-working guy, during his youth held various jobs including delivering newspapers, pharmaceuticals, cannery and farm work.

In 1953, during the Korean conflict, he volunteered for the U.S Army, serving for 2 years. He attended infantry school at Fort Benning, GA, then completed the remainder of his obligation with the Infantry Headquarters company at Fort Lewis, WA.

Upon completion of his military service, Richard enrolled in Central Washington State University to begin his study in the education field. It was during this time Richard met Marilyn Boothe, a nursing student in Spokane, WA. in 1956. They fell in love and were married on June 8th 1957. Their love affair lasted almost 66 years.

Richard graduated university in 1958 and the newlyweds returned to his hometown of Walla Walla to begin their life and family. Richard secured employment with the Walla Walla school district and began his career as a 6th grade teacher.

Being the hard worker he was, Richard worked summers in local canneries before eventually securing a manager position with a northwest drive-in firm managing the Walla Walla location for many years.

1958 was a big year as the couple welcomed their first of six children and purchased their first home. Richard (Rick) Jr. was first followed by, daughter Mary Ann, son Stephen, son Michael, daughter Jennifer, and daughter Meegan. Richard and Marilyn instilled a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility in all of their children. Raised attending the Catholic Church, Christian values and an overall sense of decency was emphasized.

Richard and Marilyn went on to build many beautiful homes in Walla Walla and even a vacation property on Lake CDA, ID. as they both possessed the skills necessary for quality structure building and maintenance.

During Richards’s early career he returned to college acquiring his principal credentials and served as an elementary principal in Walla Walla for the balance of his 31-year career. During this time, the couple raised their family, took family vacations, and spent lots of time on Lake CDA.

 Richard was a life member of B.P.O.E. #287th in Walla Walla serving in all officer chairs including Exalted Ruler 1973-74. Richard and Marilyn were members of various local social (charitable) clubs including being chairman of the United Wary.

In early retirement, Richard returned to his chosen career serving as principal of a local Catholic school in Moscow, ID. Once fully retired, Richard and Marilyn spilt their time between their residence in Moscow and the Coeur d’ Alene Lake property, they even resided year-round at the lake for four years. During this same period, Richard and Marilyn enjoyed traveling both in the country and throughout the world via planes, trains, automobiles, R.V. and cruise ships.

Richard lived a very full and active life for almost 89 years. In addition to his six children, Richard enjoyed numerous grandchildren and even great grandchildren. A life well lived.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Hannah, his in-laws Norris and Sally Boothe, brother in-law and husband of his wonderful sister Myrna, Tom Corcoran and son Richard Moore Jr. in 1997.

So sad and heart-breaking were the last few months of Richard’s life as he and Marilyn tragically lost their daughter, Jennifer, to cancer just this past March.

Richard was loved by many and will be missed forever. May he rest in peace.

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