Robert Ray Moore

Born: Tue., Dec. 21, 1965
Died: Fri., Nov. 18, 2016


12:00 PM Sat., Dec. 03, 2016
Location: Weston-McEwen High School

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Music by The Piano Brothers

Robert “Bear” Moore

December 21, 1965 – November 18, 2016

Little Chief Rain in the Pants was born at the Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville, Oregon, to Ray and Nellie Moore.  A rambunctious child, he made us a family.  He started school in Port Angeles, Washington, then attended first grade at Idleyld Park, Oregon, then moved to Camp Sherman, then on to Pendleton, Oregon, where he graduated high school.  During his middle school years he joined the Umatilla Tribal Police Cadets.  When he graduated high school he was Lieutenant Commander of the cadets.  During his cadet years he took the same training as police recruits.  This included self-defense police baton, handcuffs and extractions, as well as wrestling heavyweight in high school.

His kindness and listening skills were apparent when shopping with his parents and met a classmate who had problems and needed to talk.  Listening was a lifelong trait. 

After high school he attended the police academy then went to work for the Intertribe police force working on the Columbia River.  Later he began working for the National Park Service serving at Mt. Rainier, Yosemite, Fort Vancouver and Fort Clatsop, where Lewis & Clark wintered over.  At Fort Vancouver he was involved in reenactments of Fort days as Chief Casino, prominent Columbia River chieftain. 

After his national park service he went to work for Rams Security and became their outstanding pistol marksman. 

Along the way he married and had two sons, J.R. and Thomas who were the apple of his eye. 

He began working for the Umatilla Tribe as a surveillance officer at Wildhorse Casino where he worked for sixteen years until his death of liver disease. 

Robert loved music and was a shooting enthusiast.  He was very proud of his Native American heritage.  His grandmother was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. 

He leaves behind his wife Marva Moore of Umatilla, OR; son J.R. and wife Christina, their children, Kyle Moore of Colorado Springs, CO, and Heather Hiatt of Vancouver, WA; son Thomas Moore of Athena, OR; his parents Ray and Nellie Moore of Athena, OR; auntie Jewel Mooney of Prineville, OR; eight grandchildren, numerous cousins, friends and people he touched along the way.

At Rob’s request a wake, non-alcoholic, will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 12:00 noon, at Weston-McEwen High School in Athena, Oregon.  Sign the online condolence book at  Arrangements are with Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.

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Brandon and LaVeda Case
   Posted Mon November 21, 2016
RIP 'Bear' and condolences to your family during this very difficult time.

Connie O'Brien-Larsen
   Posted Mon November 21, 2016
Rest in Peace Samanta Nita, Peaceful Bear. You are with God now. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to your entire family and friends, during this extremely difficult time. We are praying for all of you.

Connie O'Brien-Larsen, Redfeather Larsen, Mike & Greta O'Brien, and Gordon O'Brien

Dave Lyda
   Posted Tue November 22, 2016
ROb your in heaven thought you would be the last of us three to get there. i look back on my fondest memories of school and they always include your Smile and laugh and the sense of humor. i will always miss you and wish i had more time to set and shoot the breeze with you again. but in time we will do it again my friend in time. but just know your greatly missed here now and today. dave

Malissa Minthorn Winks
   Posted Tue November 22, 2016
May the stars carry your sadness away,
May flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
…. Chief Dan George

Chuck Van Newkirk
   Posted Wed November 23, 2016
Robert, I want to tell you that you were a good man. In a lot of ways, everything I never was. And yet you noticed my talents and encouraged them with passion and a heart of gold. I hope this life gave you back something close to what you gave so many. Chuck V.

Doug Skaggs
   Posted Wed November 23, 2016
You are still "Bruno" to me. Thank you for being a great friend.
The world is a little darker now without you.

Terri Shank
   Posted Thu November 24, 2016
So sorry to hear of Rob's passing. My memories of him stem from his participation in the youth program at Pendleton Assembly of God church. He was always there, always smiling, always an active participant. He took joy in life, and when he laughed, his whole being laughed. I will never forget those memories of him. Gone way too soon.

Denise mitchell
   Posted Thu November 24, 2016
You were always there for me when I needed to talk. We had fun when we went out to karoke. Thanks for being my friend. R.I.P papa bear I will miss you

   Posted Thu November 24, 2016
Iam so sorry for your loss. My prayer and thoughts go out to the whole family.

Carmella Nielsen
   Posted Fri November 25, 2016
Robert you will be missed greatly. I will always cherish joking around with you while I
Worked at the casino RIP friend.

Kathy dousay
   Posted Fri November 25, 2016
Rip my dear friend my heart goes out to Jr, Thomas, ray, Nellie, Marva and his family he's was such an amazing friend I will miss dearly go in peace you are truly an angel

Jerry and Donna Brannan
   Posted Sun November 27, 2016
Robert will always be remembered for his loving spirit, kind heart and warm smile. We had the privilege of working with him in the youth group at church. He participated in pageants and was a ready helper. He always had a word of encouragement for everyone. We smile as we remember him with coffee grounds on his face to create a beard for a pageant and holding up the huge world replica during an entire Round-up parade after it fell. In many ways, he did hold the whole world in his hands as he loved all people and spread kindness to everyone. We will miss you so much! Love to his family and friends.

Nikii Murtaugh
   Posted Mon November 28, 2016
Rob was a teacher's dream parent. He wanted what was best for his children and backed the teachers up 100%. RIP, Rob. Your fight is over. Condolences to his family.

Jerry & Judy Haguewood
   Posted Mon November 28, 2016
Our sympathy to your family at this difficult time. Jerry remembers coaching Robert in little league. We thought it was fun to get to know Thomas when our son TJ was coaching him. How sweet the promise that his passing is only temporary and that you will see him again. With Sympathy, Jerry & Judy

Daren Coppock
   Posted Wed December 07, 2016
Sorry to hear this news. Bruno and I were able to get together and visit last summer, and I'm very glad we had that chance. He was always an incredibly positive and accepting person, a staunch pillar of the FFA chapter, and dedicated to whatever the task at hand happened to me. My sincere condolences to his family.

Robert Martin
   Posted Thu February 09, 2017
Robert was a dear friend to me who encouraged me and prodded me to be better than I was. He changed the course of my life forever to the better and has a legacy in that he never knew how far reaching his influence was. I owe my career to him and all the good that came of that he had a part in. I will miss his hearty laugh and ready smile, but someday we will meet again.

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