Obituary for Charles Moore, 88

January 28,1933 To October 18,2021,


Funeral Services
Memorial Service 1 PM, November 27, 2021 at Fayette First Christian Church


Alzheimer's Research in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Hwy 5 & 240 N Fayette, MO 65248

Charles H. Moore 1933 - 2021 Long time Fayette Resident, Charlie Moore passed away on October 18th, 2021. Born in 1933, he would have turned 89 in January. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, MO in 1951. He attended Central Methodist College in Fayette graduating in 1955. He also met Willa Dean (Brown) at Central and they were married August 14th, 1955. While at Central he served as pastor for several small churches in North Central Missouri, including Callao, from 1952-1955 From there he attended post graduate studies at Boston University earning a Masters in Theology and a PHD in Social Ethics. During this time, he also teamed up with a fellow seminary student to fish and lobster commercially in the North Atlantic and they also provided a charter sailing service in which Willa was part of the charter crew. This work resulted in many adventures, not the least of which was the sinking of their fishing boat and gear in 1958, miles off shore, during a late December Storm. He also owned a Mobile Oil gas station in Brookline, MA during 1957-1959. In the early 60’s, they moved to Chesterfield, New Hampshire where Charlie served as a circuit Minister in several small communities. He also served as a Volunteer Firefighter. In the mid 60’s, he accepted a position teaching at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. During his tenure in Sioux City he also learned to fly at Martin field in South Sioux City, Nebraska, earning a commercial pilot rating. He also administered the head-start program in in the north-central plain states for a couple of years and in support of that program, conducted many a flight into Native American Reservations and other remote areas, using a field or pasture to land when a runway wasn’t available. Charlie returned to Fayette in the late 60’s to head up the Sociology Department at Central. He and Willa purchased a farm located between Fayette and Glasgow where they raised Angus cattle, alfalfa, the odd horse (or two) and kids, not necessarily in that order. Growing up, the kids were told: “after you learn to ride, then we’ll talk about a bridle and saddle…” After getting out of the cattle business, he planted thousands of hardwoods across the farm, which are still growing today. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach at the University of Sokoto in Nigeria in the early 1980’s. After leaving Central, Charles and Willa worked and taught in Taiwan and Japan in support of various Higher Education programs in the late 80’ and throughout the 90’s. After retirement, Charlie and Willa led numerous volunteer mission trips to Central and South America, often accompanied by other Howard County volunteers. Charlie and Willa loved sailing on Mark Twain Lake and were active in the Mark Twain Lake Sailing Association for many years. He enjoyed racing and served one year as the association Commodore. He is preceded in death by Willa and his younger brother, Lionel (Moore). They have three Children, Ivan (Stephanie Rasche), Jean (Larry Monnig), and Alan (Sharon Cromer), 6 wonderful granddaughters and two great grandchildren. Memorial services are planned for November 27th at Fayette First Christian Church at 1:00pm. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be directed to Alzheimer research.