Richard Paul Moore passed away suddenly on February 13, 2018 in Sacramento, CA. He was almost 95 years old. Richard is the oldest of 5 children born to David Paul Moore and Esther Bernice Davis Moore. He is predeceased by his parents, sisters Doris Brown and Jeanine Willman, great grandson Jakob Denman and his beloved wife Phyllis. He is survived by his brothers: Gene (Bina) Moore and Dale (Sue) Moore; his children: Thomas (Karen) Moore, Ruth Moore (Bruce Collier), Robert (Miyoko Ono) Moore; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Richard was born May 1923 on the family farm outside of Shawnee, OK. In 1935, at the age of 12 Richard and his family moved to California. They settled in the Graton-Sebastopol area where in high school he worked for Safeway. In June 1943 he graduated from Analy High School – the first of his family to earn a high school diploma. One month later he joined the Navy where he spent three years in the Navy serving on LST transport ships as a Storekeeper in both the European and Asian theaters. Early Navy training took him to Toledo, Ohio where he met his future wife Phyllis Burns. They corresponded throughout the war and reconnected in California in 1947. They were married on May 16, 1948 and settled in Napa, California where they resided for the next 65 years until Phyllis passed away in 2013. Richard worked as a Manager for Safeway and as produce manager for Food City and later Food Fair until his retirement in 1983.
Richard was a friendly, hard worker both as a grocer and later in his tax preparation business. He volunteered as a Scout Master in Napa Troop 3. He highly valued education and was proud of his children and grandchildren for achieving their college education goals.
He and Phyllis spent an active retirement traveling, researching genealogy and volunteering in the Napa Community. Richard volunteered at the historic First Presbyterian Church working with Ray Clark painting and repairing the church building and with John Nelson at The Table serving food for the hungry. He volunteered with the Napa Genealogy Society and worked diligently on his family tree, traveling with Phyllis throughout the United States and England in search of his ancestors.
After Phyllis’s death, Richard moved to Sacramento to live with his daughter and son-in-law (Ruth and Bruce). He became well-known in the neighborhood for his walking and friendly chats with the neighbors. He was actively involved in the Sacramento Hart Senior Center’s exercise and lunch program. He made friends wherever he went. Richard valued all his friends and kept in touch with them wherever he was. The family would like to acknowledge three long-time friends—Eunice Cowan, Betty Davidson and John Nelson for their close friendship of over 60 years.
There will be a celebration of his life on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 1333 Third Street, Napa, CA 94559. Private committal with military honors will be in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the First Presbyterian Church building fund. Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel is serving the family.