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Wayne W. Moore
Jun. 3, 1930 - Mar. 5, 2018
Sutton resident, Wayne W. Moore, 87, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018, at the Sutton Community Home in Sutton, NE.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Sutton with Rev. Joe Vusich officiating. Interment will follow at the Sutton Cemetery with military honors by the Nebraska Naval Honor Guard and the American Legion Post #61, Sutton, NE. Visitation will be Friday, from 1 pm. - 8 p.m., with the family present from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Fox Hollow Golf Course or the Sutton Christian School.
Wayne W. Moore was born June 3, 1930, in Sutton, NE to Daniel and Clara (Wahl) Moore. He was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Sutton. He attended Sutton Public Schools through the 10th grade and received an honorary diploma from the Veteran's Administration in May of 2017.
At the age of 17, he joined the Navy, spending 23 months in Guam, and 2 years aboard the USS Passumpsic in the Pacific during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1951, he worked at the Hastings Naval Ammunition Depot until his marriage on June 1, 1952, to Darlene Elizabeth Ochsner. The couple lived with Darlene's parents until they moved ½ mile south of the Ochsner Homestead where they farmed and raised their family.
In 1968, Wayne started a small business selling electric motors, and later miscellaneous farm supplies. He was a distributor of Snowco 3-wheelers, and of Olson Metal Band Saws. In 1973, he became a dealer for Chief Industries selling grain bins and buildings. When Wayne retired from the farm and moved to Sutton, he purchased the Coop Propane building and started Moore Enterprises. While working for Chief, he was rated in the top 10 dealers in the U.S., twice as 1st runner-up, and once as the Number 1 dealer.
Wayne was instrumental in starting the Corn-arama at Harvard, which was eventually taken over by Nebraska Farmer and is known today as Husker Harvest Days. Wayne served on the board of directors of the Eldorado Coop Board and the Sutton Coop Board. He was one of 15 charter members of Sutton Arial Spray and served as president of the board for 5 years. In 1968, he and a friend purchased a building in Kansas which was moved to Sutton. The building was placed across from the City Park and became the Sweet Treat of today.
In 1988, Wayne officially retired from Moore Enterprises and began wintering in Texas where he and Darlene built a home on a golf course in Mission. Wayne was active in the development of the golf course where he and a friend (the Appleseed Brothers) planted over a thousand trees, shrubs and bushes. He was president of the Homeowner's Assn. and organized a golf league which he managed until they sold their home in 2016. For 10 years, he and Darlene supported the International Children's Home in Reynosa, Mexico, gleaning truckloads of vegetables for the orphanage, planting a grapefruit orchard, furnishing building materials and paint for the buildings, and toys, teddy bears, and roller skates for the children.
After marriage, Wayne was confirmed into the Reformed faith and became a member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church where he served as a Deacon and Chairman of the new church Building Committee. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #61, DAV of Hastings, and VFW of Harvard, a member of Clay Co. Farm Bureau, and a Charter member of Clay Co. Irrigation. Wayne was an active contributor to the Sutton Museum, an avid Nebraska Football fan and ticket holder since 1962, and an enthusiastic contributor to the Fox Hollow Golf Course in Sutton. He loved to fish and hunt, golf, and travel with Darlene, visiting 19 countries and nearly every state in the union. In spite of his battle with Alzheimer's, Wayne had a passion to play cards until the day he was called home. His humor, generosity, and loving- kindness will be greatly missed.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 65 years, Darlene (Ochsner); four children, Krista Rabbe Welch (Jerry) of Lincoln; Kenneth Moore of Sutton; Kimberly Zehner of Gillette, WY; and Karen Gangwish of Doniphan; 11 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Josephine and brother, Joseph.
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