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age 81, Newark
Services for Thomas J. Moore Sr. will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Price Funeral Home in Kenton by Rev. Peter Paige. Burial will follow at Grove Cemetery with military graveside rites by Amvets Post 1994.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services Thursday.
He died Wednesday May 16, 2012 at the Chapel Grove Assisted Living in Heath.
He was born March 17, 1931 in Kenton to the late Thomas Oliver “Pete” and Hazel (Murphy) Moore.
He is survived by his four children, Tom Jr. (Terry) of Columbus, Kathleen of Holladay, Utah, Bryan of Boulder City, Nev., and Jim of Ft. Myers, Fla; four grandchildren, Christian, Allison, Conner and Matthew Moore; his sisters, Betty Schroeder of Kenton and Annie Clark of Rushville, Ind.; nephews, Joe Clark, Bob Blumenschine, Eric and Evan Moore; nieces, Linda Randazzo, Sally Moras and Anne Blumenschine.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; nephew, Bruce Eddy; brothers Bob and Bill; and sisters, Dorothy and Joyce.
Tom graduated from Kenton High School and The Ohio State University earning his master’s degree from Indiana University. He was a dedicated teacher for 35 years in the Newark City Schools where he taught Industrial Arts at Roosevelt Jr. High, Newark High School and COTC. In 1981, he was selected by the Ohio Industrial Arts Association as the Teacher of the Year. In 1994, he was one of a team of five teachers to win the Tapestry Award for Excellence in Science Education.
Tom proudly served in the U.S. Army for two years. He was stationed in Korea in the 293rd Quartermaster Graves Registration Unit from August, 1951 to August, 1953. He considered it an honor to be the final custodian of his fallen compatriots before sending them home to their loved ones. He earned the Overseas Service Ribbon Award and the Korean Defense Service Medal.
For 37 summers, Tom worked as a seasonal park ranger in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. He greeted visitors at the entrance gates, and throughout the years, worked in Law Enforcement, Boat Patrol and Back Country, and Wildland Fire and Structural. He also served as a campground host, painting signs used in YNP. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed hiking, fly-fishing, and camping adventures with his extended family. Tom and Sharon also enjoyed receiving visitors, from home, and showing them around the parks.
Tom generously gave his time and talents to various organizations. He volunteered with the Newark Kiwanis Club, served on the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and especially enjoyed being a reading buddy to several Johnny Clem students. He volunteered at Licking Memorial Hospital and earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2008. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Newark Teachers Association, and Licking County Retired Teachers Association. Being an avid Buckeyes fan, he was particularly excited to volunteer as an OSU stadium usher for many years where he enjoyed watching all the home games in The Shoe.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The National Parks Association or the Hardin County Historical Museum.