Class of 1964
January 24, 1946 - July 7, 2012
G. Leon Moore, 66, of Sedalia died Saturday at Boone Hospital in Columbia.
Leon was passionately in love with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his wife Judi, and his children and grandchildren. Known by his family and friends as the consummate “Southern Gentleman,” he was kind of heart, generous of spirit, and quick of wit.
Leon was born Jan. 24, 1946 in Clarksville, TN. A 1964 graduate of E. W. Groves High School, in Paris, Tennessee, Leon took his slow southern drawl north of the Mason-Dixon Line to study medical technology at Gradwohl School of Medical Technology in St. Louis. After graduating from Gradwohl, he traveled to Macomb, Illinois where he worked as a medical technician and studied at Western Illinois University.
It was in Macomb that he met his beloved Judi. They were married Sept. 10, 1966 and two years later welcomed their daughter, Jennifer into the world. In 1970 they added a son, Joe, to the family. Leon, now working as a newspaper advertising salesman, decided it was time for a career move. A friend, Bob Feller, invited Leon to join him with Standard Insurance Company as an agent. Two years later, Feller hired Leon to serve as a district sales manager in Louisiana with Shelter Insurance Company. Because of his ability to encourage and motivate his agents, Leon received several honors and awards and moved quickly up the ranks, assuming a post as district sales manager in North Little Rock, Ark. in 1973. In 1982, Feller, now state manager for West Missouri, called upon his old friend to move north to serve as a district sales manager in Missouri, with his base stationed in Sedalia.
All totaled, Leon worked in the marketing department for Shelter Insurance Company for 36 years before moving to regional underwriting. After 39 years with Shelter Insurance, he retired in January of 2010 to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren. An avid woodworker who managed to keep all of his fingers intact, he often could be found in his workshop building furniture, toys and crafts for his family and friends.
When not serving as an usher, Sunday school superintendent, or church treasurer at Wesley United Methodist Church, Leon could be found with his friends on the links at the Sedalia Country Club. Raised to think first of others, Leon was always civically minded. He also served as secretary, past present and assistant district governor of the Sedalia Rotary Club and on the boards of the Salvation Army and Sedalia Senior Community Center, and as two-term president of the Sedalia Country Club.
Never one to seek the spotlight, Leon spent his life serving others and working to help them achieve their dreams. He will be remembered forever as a dedicated worker, a loyal friend, a devoted husband, and a loving father.
Leon is survived by his wife, Judi, of Sedalia; his daughter, Jennifer Schumacher (Scott) of Lee’s Summit; his son, Joe Moore (Heidi) of Warrensburg; his five grandchildren; Nicholas and Natalie Schumacher and Gabrielle, Gavin, and Grant Moore; and his brother, Carlton Moore, of Evansville, IN.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Geneva Moore of Paris, Tennessee and his infant sister, also of Paris.
Funeral services will be 10 am, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Rick Adams officiating. Pallbearers will be Bob Feller, Keith Curd, Mike Nichols, Jesse Hamilton, Jim Woodall and Marion Lucas. Honorary pallbearers Charles Brogdon, Ron Hogue, Roger Carroll, Pam Barb, Mike Swain, Joe Dale Hedrick, Ken Weller, Larry McRoy, Jim Edwards, Dr. David Wuellner, David Albrecht and Ralph Spurrier. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm, Monday, at Wesley United Methodist Church.
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 10 am at Wesley United Methodist Church
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