Robert J. Moore

A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of Robert "Bob" J. Moore on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. at University Christian Church on Old Omen Road in Tyler with the Rev. Ron Byrd officiating. Bob passed away Feb. 16, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Bob was born in Minneola, Kan., on Feb. 7, 1917, to Alva Able Moore and Emma Hall Moore. As a child he moved to Texas and lived in Amarillo until graduation from high school. Thanks to his mother's selfless act of selling the family car for tuition money, Bob was able to attend Texas A&M University where he was a proud member of the Corps.

After graduating from A&M in 1943, Bob joined the Army where he eventually became part of the 121st Cavalry. He served honorably in World War II and received many citations and medals including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation Badge and the EAME Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars. Bob was discharged from the Army in 1945, and returned to Texas A&M where he earned a master's degree in engineering. He then secured a job with The Jantzen Corp., where he worked until retirement.

During his time in the Army, Bob kept a journal, which resulted in the writing of his memoirs - a task he worked on tirelessly for many years. His friends knew him as an avid golf and tennis player, a bridge enthusiast, and a spectacular dancer!

Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father, three sisters and one brother. He is survived by his wife, Bobbye Hathaway Moore; daughter and son in-law, Bernice and Barbara Bobbitt, of Smithville; and son, Mike Moore, of Las Vegas, Nev. Together with Bobbye and her six children, they were loving grandparents to 22 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Hospice of East Texas or Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County. Bob's body was donated to the Willed Body Program at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 18, 2013