Robert Moore Obituary

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Robert D. Moore

May 24, 1923 - June 28, 2014
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Robert D. Moore of Cedar Mill passed away on June 28, 2014 in Portland. A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Mt. Cavalry Catholic Cemetery. He was born on May 24, 1923 in Bend, Oregon. His childhood home at Congress and Kansas Streets in Bend is now the historical landmark, The Robert D. Moore House. Robert (Bob) was an avid skier, golfer and wore out more bicycles than anyone can remember. Bob won the first ski race ever to be held in Bend. Bob started skiing before chair lifts were introduced to Mount Bachelor which meant one run a day. After the passing of his father, Robert D....
Robert D. Moore of Cedar Mill passed away on June 28, 2014 in Portland. A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Mt. Cavalry Catholic Cemetery.

He was born on May 24, 1923 in Bend, Oregon. His childhood home at Congress and Kansas Streets in Bend is now the historical landmark, The Robert D. Moore House. Robert (Bob) was an avid skier, golfer and wore out more bicycles than anyone can remember.

Bob won the first ski race ever to be held in Bend. Bob started skiing before chair lifts were introduced to Mount Bachelor which meant one run a day. After the passing of his father, Robert D. Moore, Sr., Bob moved to Portland at the age of 17.

Then came college at University of Oregon and Notre Dame. After college, Bob set his sights for Sioux City, Iowa during a time when the Four Corners were a hotbed for lumber sales. Following in his father's footsteps, Bob started his own lumber brokerage business. Bob got an itch to move back to the northwest and was a pioneer, becoming one of the first to sell plywood in the United States.

After working for others for some time Bob decided to set out on his own by starting American Pioneer Manufacturing. He made hot water crates for the hot water company, Fowler, in Portland, Oregon. Bob also took on a government contract to make crates for cannons for the war effort in Vietnam. He then moved on and expanded into roof trusses and grape stakes for the new expanding vineyards of California. In addition, Safeway contracted American Pioneer to make wood products for Safeway. Back in the 70's you would have sat on one of Bob's picnic tables made exclusively for Fred Meyer. Expanding once again, he opened a new division, and North American Forest products was born in Yamhill, Oregon where the company processed car loads of different planed lumber for the housing industry. Bob sought other ventures as well with finger joint studs for the southwest states and other specialty items.

In 1955 he met a beautiful young lady named Jeannette at Club Portland. The couple was married in Kelso, Washington in 1957 and together they welcomed two sons into the world. During the 1980's inflation era Bob had no choice but to shut his mill down and start long haul driving all over the country in order to feed his family. After a few years Bob was back in business in Yamhill. He later ventured Jeannette Moore they ventured into the Tole/Decorative wood designs with his wife, Jeannette. After many conventions and travels, Bob retired.

In short time Bob was at it again working at different golf facilities allowing him to seek his passion of golf. In his early years he had the pleasure of working at Portland Golf Club during the 1950s where he saw Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and many other play in the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. During his lifetime, Bob golfed at Neskowin, Rose City Golf Club, Eastmoreland Golf Club, Pumpkin Ridge, and Heron Lakes Golf Club. He also volunteered at many tournaments including the U.S. Women's Open. At the young age of 80 years old he announced he was going to bag groceries for something to do and went to work at Safeway for 5 years. Bob then decided to move to a new adventure: actually retiring.

Bob is survived by his wife, Jeannette L. Moore; son Robert D. Moore, III; son and daughter-in-law, Richard John Moore and Katherine Moore; sisters Mary Kay Parker and Eva Rosenauer; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

91 years of hard work and 57 years of marriage led to a full life. Rest in peace.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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