John “Dinty” Moore
John Dinty Moore, age 75 of East Smiley Road, Shelby, died peacefully, Monday, September 22, 2008 at Hospice House of North Central Ohio in Ashland, surrounded by his family, after a three year battle with cancer.
He was born September 27, 1932 in Shelby, the son of the late John Jay and Leila (Light) Moore.
John “Dinty” Moore met Diane Price, the love of his life, in the 8th grade. They were married on September 22, 1951 and have been sweethearts for 62 years. This devoted couple raised their own large family and had been foster parents in Richland County offering love, stability and a safe haven to many youngsters.
Surviving along with his wife, Diane, are their nine children and their spouses: Mike and Molly Moore, John and Wendy Moore, David Moore, Nancy Osborne, Tom Moore and Catherine Simon, Janet and Bill Isengard, Jim and Kelly Moore, Steve and Tricia Moore, all of Shelby and Bob Moore of Willard; 23 grandchildren: 1 great grandson; 1 brother and his wife, Forrest and Sally Moore of Shelby; a sister, Marilyn Higgins of Fullerton, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Joseph Moore, and a brother, Howard Moore.
Dinty played halfback on the varsity football team and ran track at Shelby High School. He remained a loyal, enthusiastic supporter of local sports. An avid Cleveland Indians fan, he and Diane have fond remembrances of a trip to Spring Training in Florida with friends.
Dinty served his country as an Army veteran of the Korean War. As a young man he began his working career at Shelby Pure Milk Dairy. He then owned a Pepsi route and was a Prudential Insurance Agent. He retired in 1997 from General Motors in Ontario after 18 years of service. Following his retirement, he worked at Cornell’s IGA in Shelby.
Dinty loved life and lived each day to the fullest. He never met a stranger and had an optimism and sense of humor that inspired others. A man of deep faith, he enjoyed his beloved family, church and friends. His yard, flowers and garden were a source of peaceful contentment.
Friends ~ cherished memories abound. The Moore’s have maintained a close relationship with a circle of friends they have known since school days. Through laughter and tears, joys and sorrows, they have celebrated significant events and sustained one another on life’s journey.
“The Moore the Merrier” is the caption beneath Dinty’s senior photo in the 1951 Scarlet S. This descriptive phrase captures the essence of life at the Moore’s. Any occasion was a reason to gather and celebrate ~ birthdays, graduations, holidays, football games and ‘it is a lovely summer day, so let’s have a picnic’!
During his illness, Dinty’s faith never wavered. His optimistic, upbeat attitude and courageous smile gave hope to those whom he encountered. He will be remembered for touching lives and making a difference. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Friends may call on Thursday, September 25, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-9 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be celebrated on Friday at 11 AM at First Assembly of God, 1000 McPherson Street, Mansfield, with Pastor Thomas Blair officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby with military honors. Memorial expressions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at penwellturner.com