- 83 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 7, 1930
- Place of birth:
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 26, 2014
- Place of passing:
Kansas, United States
|Let the memory of Richard be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Richard Allen Moore
Our Dad, Richard Moore passed away on January 26, 2014. We remember him in our hearts and minds and miss him dearly.
Born August 7th, 1930 to Loren and Katherine Comley. His brothers are John Comley, C. Donald and James J. Moore. He was a life long resident of the Kansas City area. He completed Blenheim school in 1943, attended Paseo high school and graduated Southeast high school in 1947.
He loved the founding values of this country. He joined the United States Army 45th Infantry Division and experienced combat in Korea in 1951-54. He continued in the reserves until 1965 in the 82nd Airborne. He was awarded the Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant as Lieutenant in the Army Infantry in 1954 for meritorious service. He also received the military's Bronze Star.
He was proud of his service, usually wearing a hat embroidered with the words "Under God," and his Airborne wings displayed prominently. After the service he married our Mom, Lori in 1962. They traveled extensively throughout the world. Because he was quick to reach out to others with genuine curiosity and always a few well placed jokes and stories, he was easily liked. He made lasting friends from all over by simply striking up a conversation. Instead of seeing a total stranger, he always saw a potential friend.
His love for his two sons was ever-present, joyful, forgiving, without limit and often undeserving. We were fortunate to have a Dad who tried to navigate the tough area between father and trusted friend. He offered reassurance and unbridled optimism. He gave us his time in abundance. In our one life and his we experienced the love of a father and he, the love of his sons.
His perception was often insightful and creative. He successfully started several businesses including a data processing business, Ramstat and Ramco, a business form business, both in Kansas City. Jayhawk International sold aviator supplies. He later worked in commercial real estate.
He loved piloting his open cockpit Ryan Pt22. He found and purchased a Mk IX Spitfire aircraft in New Delhi while on vacation. Partnering with a friend they shipped it to Kansas City. He also had an appreciation for classic cars, once owning several Thunderbird convertibles and 1966 Mustangs.
His hobbies were vast. At an early age he demonstrated his talents as an artist. Later he turned to poetry to express himself. And finally turning his attention to home improvement projects. He was known for starting and working on numerous projects at once with his best buddy Mick. He loved working with his hands, always creating something and pondering new ideas and inventions.
Preferring the country over city life, he and his wife Cheryl found an old farm in Paola, Kansas to renovate. There they enjoyed their horses and dogs, the quiet countryside, and spending time with loved ones. He is survived by sons Rick and Jamie, his grandson Lincoln, his brother John, and his wife Cheryl.
We miss your smile, your kind thoughts and gestures and your stories. We find some peace and joy knowing you have gone home to God's Heavenly family and look forward to your big warm hugs again someday.
He will be honored at a memorial service held at the Leavenworth National Cemetery on March 7th at 3:00 PM.
"Miss talking to Richard. Wonder what he would have to say about this Presidential election year and the candidates, or the fiasco that is Kansas politics. And what would he say about my going to Vietnam, as his opinions on the war there were not the same as mine. Miss his conversations."
"Happy Birthday Dad! I miss you very much. They held the first Republican debate the day before your birthday, headlined by Donald Trump. Not sure what you'd think of him or the other candidates, but I know we would have had fun watching and talking about it. It's the little interactions like that i miss the most. Keep watching from above, whenever something good happens i like to think you've had something to do with it."
"Happy Birthday Dad. There isn't a day that goes by where i don't think of calling you. For advice, to share a positive, to vent or just out of boredom.
I'd have given anything to have breakfast with you today out at the Paola airport with Mick and Pam and Uncle John and Rick. Giving you your standard Birthday present, the Lowe's gift card. Listening to one of your stories or hearing a joke for the umpteenth time. I'd even welcome you injecting politics into an otherwise normal conversation. That's how bad i miss you.
I hope they have beer in Heaven, because i'm raising one to you right now.
Happy Birthday, Dad. I miss you so much."
"Richard was the best. Me and Richard had many discussions on mortgage industry, real estate and politics while him and Buck talked about what needed to be done around the place, fence, barn, horses, etc. Never a dull moment. We will miss him dearly."
"The world has lost a great man. He spent hours touching lives with a quick joke, phone call to see if you were okay, visiting old friends in retirement homes weekly and reading avidly. He could talk to you about any subject, tell you any story (maybe twice) and make you laugh and forget your troubles if only for the moment. He was most proud of his sons. He most missed his horse and dog. He traveled far, told many stories, touch many lives....he will be greatly missed."
"He was always smiling. One of my long ago memories was when he came to my parents house in Southfield and made us steak terriyaki in the back yard. A good guy and will be missed."
"Richard was a character to be remembered, interesting, conversational, a gentleman, a good Father, and a friend. Our travels in Europe with VW Bugs were fun and filled with stories, His memory was amazing,and he loved retelling odd stories of our travels around the world.
The airplane era of his life and mine was most interesting. The PT-22 open cockpit was moved into the garage at home, much to the neighbor's surprise. It was later transferred to the State Line Airport on a trailer, which somehow slid into a ditch. The policeman was greeted by Richard with the statement, "Worse G.D. Landing I've ever Made"
On a trip around the world, we stopped in New Delhi to buy a Spitfire from the Indian Government for $600. It was crated and shipped back to K.C.to be reassembled, and is out there somewhere as one of the finest Spitfires still flying. Many fun times were spent at the airport with fly-ins and hangar parties.
Although our marital life ceased, we always remained close for our sons and continued our friendship. I'm happy to have shared his History and his family, and will miss him. He was the first and longest lasting of all my friends here in Kansas City."
"Berna and I got to know Richard when Rick and our son, Chad, were in Medical School together. Over the years he was out to our place for dinner along with eating out, especially in the last year. Since I am in the flooring business Richard would call me when the need came along for his rental properties. One day I measured the rental house behind where he lived. After I finished he said that he had another house in Paola and would I mind also measuring it. Of course not I said, to which he replied that the house had "FLEAS", but the exterminator supposedly had rid it of the pests. We arrived at the home and as Richard opened the door my phone rang. I stayed on the front porch to finish the conversation and Richard went inside. About the time I was to enter through the front door he came out in quite a hurry and said it still had the fleas. His pant leg was crawling with these very small black spots, which were of course were fleas. I was laughing my back side off as Richard stood there on the porch spraying his pant legs with Off. Since I had driven I threatened him with not letting him back into my car. Life is the acquisition of memories, and in the end that's all there is. God Speed"
"Richard, We have known each other for about 55 years. I guess you could say we were lifetime friends. I met you when I started buying business forms from RAMCO. Since then we had many a "cold ones", all enjoyable. I remember when you gave me my first ride in the open cockpit Ryan, wearing the leather helmet and goggles, and strapped in by a harness. When you turned that thing on it's side, and I saw nothing but terra firma under me, I thought I was going to learn to fly without an airplane. We had some great times, and created some great memories. Take care my friend, and see you again someday."
"Aug 7, 1930------Jan 26, 2014
Life is not about the beginning and the ending it is about life between the dashes. How he lived it to the fullest, enjoying his many interests and how he filled his many hopes and dreams. Giving of himself in many ways with an outward display of happiness and caring for all who touched him - may he rest in peace and remain in our thoughts forever."
"Rick and Jaime, so sorry to hear about your dad. I have great memories of all of us getting together when we were much younger. God Bless."
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