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Merril Leon Moore, 92, Columbus

Merril Leon Moore, 92, passed away at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus, Sunday, July 7, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Elma (Bright) Moore of Brown County; a brother, E. Keith Moore; and his beloved wife of 61 years, Louise (Crane) Moore.
Merril was born in Brown County Sept. 30, 1920. He grew up on a farm near state roads 135 and 46 near Brown County State Park. Mr. Moore was a 1939 graduate of Nashville High School, co-captain of the basketball team, and enlisted in the Navy for WWII. During the war, he was a gunnery instructor, first at Great Lakes Naval Base, then in Seattle, Norman, Okla., eventually being transferred to San Diego. He attained the rank of Aviation Ordanceman First Class.
After his military service, he returned to Brown County and started dating Louise Crane. After several years of courtship, they were married in New Unionville, Nov. 22, 1950. He was owner and operator of the Gnawbone Grocery, drove a huckster truck into the hills of Brown County, founded his own trucking business, ran a Texaco service station in Columbus, became parts manager for White River Truck stop, and then returned to over-the-road driving for Roberts Trucking and Indiana Liquid Transport. For recreation during this time, he played and managed the Nashville Ramblers, a semi-professional baseball team in the South Central Indiana Amateur Baseball Association.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore began spending winters in Fort Myers, Fla., in the 1980s, leading to establishing a winter home there, where he and Louise enjoyed the sunshine and various pursuits, including fishing and playing euchre.
He is survived by brothers, Loren (Ruth) Moore of Nashville and H. Ray (Janet) Moore of Cortland; and a sister-in-law, Hester Ann Moore of Columbus. Children include Tom (Connie) Moore of Grand Rapids, Mich., Jerry (Kathy) Moore of Columbus and Judy (Troy) Hill of Westport. Grandchildren include Quixada (KiKi) Moore-Vissing and Christopher Moore-Vissing, both of Chester, N.H., Matt Moore of Columbus, Tyler Hill of Reno, Nev., and Justin Hill of Westport. Merril is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12 at Myers-Reed Chapel, 3729 25th St., with the Rev. Tom Rust officiating. Calling hours will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 11 and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Friday. Burial will be in Garland Brook Cemetery.
Online condolences can be submitted at Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Merril to Mission Resource International or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inc. through the funeral home or by mailing to 2626 E. 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201.

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  • August 29
    Watermelon fundraiser on Village Green
    1 to 4 p.m. Village Green, Main and Jefferson streets
  • August 30
    Golf scramble to benefit BCHS athletics set
    1 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • August 30
    Mission trip presentation at Fruitdale church
    2 p.m. Midway Church,
  • September 3
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane