Charles Louis Moore Sr.
February 13, 1928 - January 7, 2015
Charles Louis Moore Sr., age 86 of Hillsdale, Michigan and Naples, Florida passed away January 07, 2015. He was born on February 13, 1928 in Salina Kansas the 4th child of the late Alva and Gladys (Peterson) Moore.
He attended Salina High School class of 1946 and Kansas Wesleyan University. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict with the 67th Gun Battalion and was later stationed in Worms, Germany with the Seventh Army. In 1953, he returned to the U.S. and began his business career in Detroit, Michigan with the Michigan Inspection Bureau. Over a period of 15 years he worked for several insurance companies as a special agent; Commercial Union Insurance Company, Zurich Insurance Company, and Michigan Millers. In 1968 he purchased the W.D. Taylor Agency in Hillsdale, Michigan. He later expanded operations to include offices in Adrian, Tecumseh, and Concord Michigan. Today the business operates in Hillsdale and Concord as Moore Insurance Services, in Adrian, as the Adrian Insurance Agency, and in Tecumseh as Tecumseh Insurance Agency.
While living in Grand Rapids he met his Swedish Flicka, Sonya Anderson and she was his beloved and devoted wife of 57 years. The family has resided in Hillsdale for nearly 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Sonya and seven loving children: Lisa (Steve) Smith of Oak Brook Il, Laura (Gerard) Pannekoek of Chesterton, IN, Charles Jr. of Adrian MI, Eric (Ginger) of Hillsdale MI, Ingrid (Tom) Humphreys of Belding, MI, Richard (Micha) of Hillsdale, MI, and Roger of Fort Wayne, IN. He leaves behind fifteen grandchildren and three bonus grandchildren: Charles Smith, Gerard and Catherine Pannekoek, Hannah, Gretchen, Lydia Humphreys, Alex, Mitchell, Carter Moore, Anders, Madeline, Peter, Annemarie Moore and Ella and Julia Moore, Ross (Michiko) Landers, Ruth (Joe) Gebhard and Gordon Landers. One brother James (Lee) Moore of Dunwoody Georgia and two sisters Florence (Thomas) McRae of Salina, Kansas and Gladys Helhorst of Kokomo, IN and many nieces and nephews also remain.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Velma Mae Leiker and brother and sister-in-law A. Lynn Moore and Mary Moore; Brothers and sisters-in-law Anders Hugo and Lorraine Anderson, Axel and Myrtle Anderson and Margaret Kristine Anderson and Robert Helhorst and grandson, Nicholas Peyton Moore.
Charlie was active in a number of community and professional organizations. He was a lifetime Hillsdale Rotary Club member and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the board of directors for the Michigan Association of Independent Agents and was an Instructor for continuing education in Insurance at Michigan State University. Charlie was a member and former president of the Blue Goose International Insurance Fraternity. He was a longtime member of the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club, lifetime member of the Michigan State Alumni Association and a member of the Naples United Church of Christ. Charlie and Sonya are members of the President’s Club of Hillsdale College.
Charlie was a devout fan of Michigan State University. Together he and Sonya enjoyed tailgating, playing bridge, tennis, traveling and antiquing. His other passions included reading, history, music and golf. On his 80th birthday Charlie joined the volunteer home building crew for The Habitat for Humanity. He and Sonya enjoyed winters in Naples, Florida. He adored his grandchildren and watching them excel in and out of the classroom.
Charles was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by his family. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor and positive outlook on life.
A celebration of life for Charles Moore will be Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Dr. John Wilson officiating. Private family interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Hillsdale. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday from 6:00-8:00 PM and on Saturday from 10:00AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Hillsdale Rotary Club c/o Hillsdale County Community Foundation or the Naples United Church of Christ.
Visitation: Friday, May 22, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in HillsdaleGet Directions
Visitation: Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in HillsdaleGet Directions
Celebration of Life: Saturday, May 23, 2015 11:00 AM VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in HillsdaleGet Directions