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Obituary: Harold C. Moore, Columbus

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Harold C. Moore, 89, went to be with the lord after passing in his home December 29, 2012. He was born in Stinesville, IN, November 29, 1923, on Thanksgiving Day, to Norris H. Moore and Lucille Mae Corman-Moore. The family moved in January 1927, to Buffalo, NY, where his father was a stone mill supervisor. Mr. Moore spent wonderful young years with a mother who loved and cared for her children. Brother Loren E. Moore was born there May 13th, 1928. The family moved to Ellettsville in October 1932. Mr. Moore attended third grade there then moved near Stinesville in 1934. He graduated from fifth grade in 1937 and attended and graduated from Bloomington High School in May 1941.

Mr. Moore married Lilly Irene Moore May 30, 1942, at the parsonage of Ellettsville Baptist Church where he had been baptized in 1933. He attended Indiana University in 1942-1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1943.

The couple's first daughter, Donna Louise., was born in March 1943 and the family spent 1943 and 1944 in U.S. Army camps. Mr. Moore was transferred overseas to Germany in 1945 and performed duty as an infantry rifleman in combat with the 76th infantry Division. He returned to the USA and was discharged in November 1945. He graduated from Butler University in August 1947. A second daughter, Lynne Marie, was born November 8, 1947. Mr. and Mrs. Moore, their children and his parents, moved to Franklin, IN, in 1950, and started their first restaurant there. Their first son, Curtis, was born November 29, 1952, and their second son, Kentan, was born in May 1959.

For the next 30 years Mr. Moore and his family operated restaurants in Madison, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Nashville. He was elected president of the Indiana Restaurant Association in 1972. Mr. Moore and his wife retired in 1992 and spent the next 10 years in Florida and at their home near Columbus where they moved in 1964. They celebrated their 60th anniversary May 30, 2002.

He is survived by four children,grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with special memories to Monica.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

A graveside service will be held at 11a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2013, at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Bloomington.

Allen Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Friends may express condolences online at


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