David Alester Moore

July 14, 1933 ~ February 9, 2020 (age 86)


David Alester Moore, age 86 died on Sunday February 9. 2020. He was born July 14, 1933 in Coquille, Coos County, Oregon. His parents were Helen (Detwiler) Moore and Joseph Moore. Helen died when David was 4 years old. Joseph subsequently married Molly (Mildred) Hertel, and she was David’s loving Step-Mother until her death in 1997. David grew up in Coos and Douglas Counties in Oregon. He was a descendant of Oregon Pioneers, with his maternal 3rd Great Grandfather and Grandmother having immigrated to Oregon via the 1852 Oregon Trail. His lineage includes Pilgrims, Revolutionary War Veterans, and his paternal Great Grandfather was a Civil War veteran. He entered the US Army in 1956, and was assigned to Germany in the late 1950’s where he met his wife, Hannelore Schönauer, a German native. They married in 1959. His tours of duty took him to Germany, Vietnam, and Korea. He retired at the rank of First Sergeant from the 501st AG Company, 1st Armored Division in 1978. He then had a successful civilian career and retired from The Bailey Company in Golden Colorado. He later settled in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 2007 where he developed a close circle of friends and acquaintances with whom he enjoyed spending time. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Peter (Laura) Moore. He is survived by his wife Hannelore; his daughter Elizabeth (Ken McLaughlin) and son Edward (Tracey); Elizabeth’s children Leigh Anne and Mira, and Edward’s son Andrew Michael; his sister Leila Moore; in addition to great grandsons and multiple nieces and nephews. He will be laid to rest in Reedsport (Oregon) Masonic Cemetery with his parents.  

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