Edward "Ray" Moore

Born: Sat., Feb. 28, 1942
Died: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Aug. 17, 2019
Location: Athena Christian Church

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Edward "Ray” Moore of Athena, OR, was born February 28th, 1942 in Savanna, OK to Robert and Katie Moore. Died August 12th, 2019 in Athena, OR after a long bout with heart disease. His mother was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He was raised in Prineville, OR and graduated from Crook County High School, class of 1960. Nellie Semple of Madras, OR, became his bride in 1963. Mr. Moore graduated from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA with an Associate of Arts Degree in Fisheries. He began his career with Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, at the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery near Roseburg, OR. Later moving to the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery at Camp Sherman, OR. Then transferring to the N.E. Regional Habitat Crew in Pendleton, OR. There he completed his thirty year career as Assistant Manager of the White River Wildlife Area in Wamic, OR. Ray was named Oregon’s Outstanding Wildlife Officer in 1989 by the Shikar Safari Club International. He was recognized by the Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife for his contributions to regional safety. He had been nominated twice for the prestigious Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife “Pride Award”. He was also a trained fire fighter, both in structure and wildfire, then became the Assistant Fire Chief for the Camp Sherman Fire Dept. He may be remembered also as the long time columnist, with The Dalles Chronicle, and The Wampinrock News, covering fish and wildlife issues. He was published in The Blue Mountain Eagle and in a medical news letter concerning a poem about living with heart disease. After retirement, he was able to accomplish several of his lifetime goals including: “just make it to retirement”, compiling “The Moore Family History Book”, participating in the annual “Choctaw Nation Memorial Trail of Tears Walk”, and was able to take his grandsons on vacation to Disneyland. He enjoyed reading, writing, music, and just visting with friends and family. He has written nine self published books, and he was also an award wining poet. Ray received honorable mention in a national poetry contest for his poem “ The Boy of Yesterday” written about his son Rob. He is preceded in death by Father Robert and Mother Katie Moore, 3 Brother’s, 2 Sisters and son Robert “Peaceful Bear” Moore. He is survived by his wife Nellie Moore of Athena, OR, grandsons JR and Thomas Moore, grand daughter Christina Moore, great grand daughter's Heather Hiatt and Rachel Monahan, and great grandsons Kyle Moore, Frank and Carter Monahan, his sister Jewel May Mooney of Prineville, OR and numerous nieces and nephews

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Malissa Minthorn Winks
   Posted Thu August 15, 2019
Ray's laughter and smile will be missed. He always had something interesting to say and could captivate you for hours. Father and son back together again, look out Heaven! All my love to Nellie, The Kid, JR and the rest of the family.

Debra fite
   Posted Fri August 16, 2019
Uncle Ray,I have so many memories of my childhood spent at your and aunt Nellie's home, I couldn't have asked for a better family to be a part of, Robbie and I had so many good times a together as kids, and your stories, laughter, pranks and.sense of humor will always be a treasured memory...rest in peace ...love your niece, Debbie & Hoots ( btw...Marley loves his nick name)

Breanna Hiatt
   Posted Mon August 19, 2019
He was an amazing man and always made everyone he met feel as though they were special and amazing. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

Raymond Johnson
   Posted Mon September 02, 2019
It broke my heart to hear of Ray's passing. During my 40 yr. Career with the Dept. Ray was by far my favorite assistant and employee and I will surely miss his presence in this world. Ray was one of a kind and a good friend. During his career a White River Ray touched maney lives, especialy the volunteers that have many fond memories of him. Nellie, I know you have suffered losses the last few years, but I wish you and the boys the best for the future and my God bless you all.

Carol and Randy Robart
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories bring you peace. Ray will be missed.

Elly Styskel
   Posted Fri September 06, 2019
Ray was an amazing friend and fellow employee. He touched many lives with his laughter. I worked at ODFW Bend office and enjoyed knowing him. He was always smiling and teasing to bring happiness to others. My heart is with the family as you share special memories. Peace, Elly

Jim and Linda Newton
   Posted Mon September 09, 2019
Dear Nellie,
We were so sorry to hear about Ray's passing. He was a joy to be around and will be missed. We wish you peace in remembering all the good times you had with him.
Jim and Linda

Zach Lucas
   Posted Sun March 08, 2020
You are now home Ray! You were at such peace a year ago when I last talked with you about passing from this world and entering your eternal one. Thank you for the great memories in The Dalles and your support of the youth ministry! God's grace be with you Nellie, you are an amazing woman of God.

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