Oct 232013

John Allen Moore, 86, passed peacefully into God’s arms on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, located at 7102 N. 58th Drive in Glendale.
John was born with his twin sister Mary on May 30, 1927, in Friend, Neb. He spent his youth in Friend with his parents, and seven brothers and sisters.
Upon graduating from high school in May 1945, he joined the Navy.
After concluding his service in the Navy, he attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. During this time he met the love of his life, Edna “Eddie” Linenberger, and they married on Sept. 17, 1949.
After getting married, John went to mortuary school in Kansas City, and then he and Eddie lived in a number of towns in Nebraska. They moved back to Friend in the early 1950s to take over the family mortuary business.
After some medical problems and a desire to teach, John went back to school and graduated with an English degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1963. Then John and his family moved to Holbrook, where he lived for 41 years. While in Holbrook, John earned his master’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University.
He taught English at Holbrook High School, Holbrook Junior High School and Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook for over 27 years.
He believed in giving back to the community and helping others. John was actively involved with the Boy Scouts, the Elks, the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, the Bread of Life Mission, the Republican Party and the Holbrook United Methodist Church. In 1976, John was named Holbrook’s Man of the Year.
In 2004, John and his wife moved from Holbrook to the Glencroft Retirement Community in Glendale, where he was an active member and volunteer.
John was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, and an avid sports fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University.
Survivors include his wife, Eddie; his son, Norm (Kathy); two granddaughters, Sara Wellensiek (Brian) and Emily; three great-grandsons, Andrew, Eli and Owen Wellensiek; five sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Charlotte Moore; his brothers, Bob, Dick, Charlie, Donnie and Jim; and his sisters, Dorothy and Mary.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in John’s name to the Holbrook United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 276, Holbrook, Ariz. 86025, or the Friendship Foundation at Glencroft, 8611 N. 67th Ave, Glendale, Ariz. 85302.
Palm Valley Funeral Home of Sun City was in charge of the arrangements.John Moore Obit