Pastor John Lewis Moore went to be with his Maker on Saturday Evening, September 4th, 2021, peacefully in his home at Morningstar at Ridgegate in Lone Tree, Colorado. He was born in Ava, Ohio, May 1st, 1925, and was the son of Robert and Nellie (Dudley) Moore. John was one of eight siblings including Ray, Robert, Donny, Charles, Hazel, Hope, and Faith. Having lived to the age of 96 introduces a life story of a man of many memorable experiences and noteworthy accomplishments.
At a young age, John’s family moved from Ohio to Colorado which afforded him the opportunity to attend Peoples Bible College until he was drafted and served his country during WWII in the Army as an Army Medic. After this time, John worked at a potato chip factory where he fell in love with his co-worker Joyce. John would hurry to finish his delivery route to come back just to see Joyce before her shift ended. This led to John and Joyce’s marriage of 25 years and four wonderful children, Paul, Judy, Gayla, and Stephen. John was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather to Carrie, Anda, Angela, and Calvin, five great-grandchildren: Serenity, Messiah, Obadiah, Malachi, Isaiah, with another on the way.
John attended Peoples Bible College, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Western Theological Seminary and eventually received his Master’s in Divinity. John’s choice to attend these seminaries would lead him down a lifelong journey of serving God and others.
As a local Pastor serving in Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, and Illinois, his life and ministry was influential in touching and changing many lives. John ministered in 2 different denominations Free Methodist and United Methodist in churches. Michigan churches served included: Arden, Kalamazoo: Stockbridge Ave, Galesburg, Center Park, Union City, Portage First, Portage First, Kalamazoo Stockbridge Ave, Portage First, Portage First, Galesburg, Otsego: Trowbridge. Memories that are characteristic of his calling include Founder/Principal of Christian Day School, ministering on Navajo Reservations, Director of Public Relations at Woodstock Children’s Home, on a broadcast of “Ask the Pastor” at WTU TV, Olive Branch Mission, and President Emeritus of the Michigan Interfaith Council on the Alcohol Problems.
John had a heart for the world and was blessed beyond measure as he traveled to 11 countries including 17 trips to Israel as a part of Blossoming Rose Organization and archaeological digs. In Haiti, he acquired a love for the children there through his work in orphanages and schools. As a part of the rescue for the Chernobyl disaster, John spent time transporting survivors to hospitals for treatment.
In 1982 John and Ellie married and John was blessed with three stepchildren Jay, Patti, and Margie, and six step-grandchildren Brian, Brent, Kelsey, Natalie, Andrew, and Anthony. God opened a door for John to serve in the Southwestern Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is remembered most for the time, love, and care for the people in his life. Yet he still took time for his family who meant the world to him including yearly family vacations visiting 45 out of the 50 states. He had a passion for life and enjoyed running, golfing, softball, working out in the gym, and cars. Even with the loss of his limb and relearning to walk and making adjustments to tailor his lifestyle to accommodate this loss, he stood strong in the face of his struggle with determination, strength, and courage.
In 2017 John returned to Colorado to live at Morningstar at Ridgegate Senior Living. He was well known and loved from the beginning. The adjustment to his new residence was made easier when he started a Protestant Service. His time at Morningstar was characteristic of the man he was. The patriarch of our family, he lived out his final days with his children and grandchildren close by. We will miss you, John; your spiritual legacy will live on. As John would say, “Let Us Pray”.
There will be a Public Viewing on Wednesday, September 29th, from 4 PM-6 PM at Heflebower Funeral Home, 8955 S. Ridgeline, Suite 100, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.
The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 30th, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.
The service will be live-streamed by Heflebower Funeral Services.
Donations can be made in John’s memory to:
John L. Moore Memorial Fund-Payable to John L. Moore
Blossoming Rose www.blossomingrose.org
Pathfinder Church www.pathfinderchurch.com
Trowbridge Community Church www.trowbridgecommunitychurch.com
Condolences may be sent to the family at: 10579 S. Wildhurst Circle, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.
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