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Don Moore

Born: Tue., Oct. 28, 1952
Died: Sun., Jan. 13, 2013


12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 17, 2013
Location: Hite Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 18, 2013
Location: Kendallville Event Center

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Noble County Council president and prominent Kendallville businessman Don Moore, age 60, died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, after suffering a heart attack and a fall at his home late Saturday night. A native of Middlebury, Moore came to Kendallville in 1978. He was president and general manager of radio stations WAWK 1140 AM and 95.5 FM ‘‘The Hawk,” owning the Kendallville business since 1991.  He was also the owner of Don Moore Productions and Minuteman Mowing Services.  Don was born in Elkhart, Indiana on October 28, 1952 to the late Devon  Moore and Iona (Eash) Moore.  He graduated from Northridge High School in 1971 and graduated from Career Academy Broadcasting School as its valedictorian in 1972.  He entered the United States Army and served his county during the Vietnam War as an intelligence analyst from 1972 to 1974.  He went on to graduate from Youngstown State University with a degree in broadcasting in 1976.  He worked at radio stations in North Carolina and Ohio before coming to Kendallville.  Moore was involved with the Kendallville Jaycees for many years and was a board member from 1978 to 1993. He received the Jaycee Presidential Award of Merit and the Jaycee of the Year honor.  Moore joined the Noble County Fair Board in 1991, serving as a member of the advertising and public relations committee and did much to promote the fair and its events. He was well-known as the public address announcer for the fair parade and the demolition derby each year.  Moore played a key leadership role in the Kendallville Downtown Business Association, and was involved early on with the Apple Festival of Kendallville Main Street Village in the downtown business district.  When the effort to continue the Fourth of July Fireworks show in Bixler Lake Park nearly fizzled, he was the one who took charge. He alone raised $8,000 annually for several years to keep it viable.  Moore was recognized by the Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year in 1998.  Moore was elected to the Noble County Council as a Democrat in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He was re-elected as president of the council Jan. 7, 2013.  He married Cynthia Diane (Moore) Moore on January 15, 1998 at Shook’s Restaurant in Kendallville. Don was a proud member and four year past Commander of the American Legion Post #86 of Kendallville. He served on the board of directors for the Kendallville Chamber of Commerce, Noble County Visitors Bureau, and the N.E. Indiana Solid Waste District.  He was a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, organized and promoted the Kendallville Home and Garden Show and the Kendallville Gun and Knife Show.  He was a past member of the Kendallville City Council, Chamber of Commerce president, Downtown Kendallville Merchants president, recipient of President Clinton’s Golden Rule Award 1994 for Community Volunteerism, Jaycee of the Month numerous times and tireless advocate of the Noble County Humane Society in Kendallville.

Survivors include:
His wife Cindy Moore of Kendallville.
Son, Don Moore, Jr. and his wife, Leah of Kendallville.
Daughter, Diana Renee Moore of Fresno, California.
Stepson, Joe Buckey of Elkhart.
Brother, Ronald Moore of Elkhart.
Brother, Gerald Moore of Alabama.
Sister, Vickie Moore of Elkhart.
Several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Don will be Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street in Kendallville.
Funeral services will be Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Kendallville Event Center, 615 Professional Way with burial at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Noble County Humane Society or Kendallville Fireworks, checks may be made payable to the City of Kendallville with “Fireworks Fund” in the memo.
Casketbearers will be Don Moore, Jr., Joe Buckey, Barry Haines, Nobert Franks, Terry Wagner, and Bill Auker.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street, Kendallville, Indiana  46755

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Dan and Cindy Lash
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
Cindy and I would like to express how much we will miss Don. It will never be the same going into the radio station and not being greeted by his smiling face and well aimed insult. Don loved my wife's apple pies and she was going to bake him another one before this happened.

Pastor Dan and Cindy Lash

Robin Haines
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
To know him was to love him....a man with more gifts than anyone I know. The gift of gab, endless energy, outstanding ideas , a master salesman, and a wonderful husband father and friend. My husband and I have lost a very dear friend as we all have. God bless and keep you Cindy Donnie and Dee Dee.
Love, Robin and Barry

David and Lori Preston
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Don and Leah ~ Dave and I want you to know that we are so sorry for your loss and that we are thinking about you. Your dad was truly a great guy, with the most fun personality, and you are blessed with that same personality. :) Dave, i know, will always remember the golf outings with your dad as a team mate, they always had a blast. Just such a shock that this happened so early in his life. Treasure all of the memories that you have of your dad, no one can ever take that away from you. And please know that we are here for you both, if you need anything at all. Even if it is just to come out and sit by the fire and talk. :)

Lori and Dave

Robin Shonk
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Don used to come in the Albion New Era when I worked there and usually had a smile and some wise cracks. In the summer time he'd bring boxes of Buster Bars and Dilly Bars from DQ for the whole building. He was a generous man who will be missed by many. Doing business with him was always interesting. He sure was a go-getter. Rest in peace my friend.

Dawn (Bordner) Fulk
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
I worked at the radio station years ago with Don, Mike and Steve. I remember the good times we always had. Don, always the jokester, instigated many times by "Stevie". He always had a smile and was ALWAYS planning something!

Everyone that knows him, knows the effort, time and patience he used to bring a FM station to the community that he loved.

My deepest sympathy to his family and my condolences to the WAWK staff as you work your way through this difficult time.

What a great legacy he has left behind!

Jeanne L. Keiser
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Sending my deepest sympathy in the loss of husband and father. He will certainly be missed by all residents of Noble County.

Jack and Jeanne Keiser

Lester Mast
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
My condolences and prayers to you in your time of grief.

Bob Britt
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
My condolences to Cindy and family in the loss of Don. I have known Don for over 25 years as a fellow broadcaster. Always a joy to see & talk to Don. He was such an asset to the community of Kendallville. He will be missed!

Bob Novy
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
It is with deep sadness that I note the passing of Mr. Don Moore. My sincere
condolences to Don's family. I will always treasure the opportunities Don
gave me to broadcast East Noble, Garrett and Churubusco sports. I will
always in particular, be forever grateful to Don for his support and
encouragement during those great East Noble Knight baseball seasons.
Kendallville and Noble County will truely miss this outstanding civic leader.

sue huff
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
I am so saddened at the death of Don. Next summer won't be the same without him on his tractor cutting my grass. My thoughts and prayers go to Cindy and all of the family. He was a very special person.

crystal jaquay- Jagged Edge Hair Salon
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
All the girls at Jagged Edge, have been touched in some way by Don and his wit. A will all miss cutting his hair, he liked us all, so all of us got to cut it at one time or another. Most of all we will miss his kind heart and the way he loved his wife. Thank for the memories!!!

Cindy Tremaine Heileman
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
My Sympathy to you Cindy and to all the children! Don was one of a kind, and he cannot be replaced in this community, or in our hearts. Praying for all of you to have strength during this time.

Kathy Matson "Nuse Ratchet"
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Cindy, My heart breaks for you. I Know what you are going through. Im so Glad I got to give Don a hug on thursday. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Don is now in heaven with our God. He is still watching over you.


Karen Rhodes Heesacker
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Our condolences to the Moore families. My memories of Donnie are from childhood/high school, so they are good and kind. Our sympathy, Karen; Luke, Andrew and Alice, Rachel Heesacker/Denver, Colorado/Jan.15,2013

Todd Allen Herendeen
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
So sorry to hear Don passed. Great man, I appreciated everything he did for m e and the community! Prayers to your family. God Bless!

Larry Dietrich & family
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
I can only say how sad this is and that we are all so sorry. We are keeping Don,s family in our prayers. We thank you for sharing your husband, father, brother and son with all of us here in Kendallville, Don was truly a friend to all and he did indeed care about everyone here and proved it over and over. may God bless you and comfort you.

Joan Robinson
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family. Don was a pillar in the community and showed us all how effective one person could be.

John, Megan and Arron Brazzell
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
To the entire Moore Family we want to express our sincere sympathy in Don's passing. Don was a amzing guy with a huge heart and this is a loss that is suffered county large. Many people come and go but only a few make a large impact on life, Don Moore was one of the few.

Mari (Frederick) Bowers
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Dearest Cindy,
I am so sorry to hear about Donnie. What great memories of him through junior and senior high. He has left a legacy in his great example of helping your community. One of the nicest and most friendly guys ever. My prayers are with you.
In love, Mari (Frederick) Bowers

Mark Evans
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Don was a "Broadcasting Brother." I was fascinated by his great love for the business and his community. He always had a great story to tell and went out of his way to say "Hello." My sympathies to his family. He will be dearly missed by all he knew.

Paige Peppler
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
My condolences to Cindy and the family in the loss of Don. He was a great guy and will be missed dearly.I met him several years ago when he worked for WBTU.

Gary Mack
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
My condolences to Don's family. He was a great guy and, hands down, the best radio partner I ever had (WBTU/Mack & Moore in the Morning). We used to close every show with this old classic...Happy Trails, my friend. You are forever loved and will be missed.

Jeff Archer
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
As a young ad man at Rock 104, Don taught me what it means to be professionally courteous. This lesson has served me long and well. Though I didn't see Don too often in recent years, each encounter generated a smile and another fond memory. See you on the other side, old friend.

Janeie Meyer
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
I will miss Don and the zingers we shot at each other. Gone too soon. Thoughts to the family, hoping that memories and time will see you through.

Harold & Jeri Gussman
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Our thoughts of love and sympathy are with your family. We will miss you more than words can express. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Thank you for your smile and conservations.
Harold & Jeri

Jennifer Kurtz Foster a.k.a.: Lynn Micheals
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Cindy and kids,
I am so sorry for your loss. What a great man Don was. He took me under his guidance and taught me much about radio and being involved in the community. Don used to take me to the V&A Restaurant when he was spinning records on the weekends there. He was always keeping a watchful eye and training me to be a better radio announcer.
What a gift he was to the Kendallville/Noble County community with his never-ending energy to build better and stronger than the day before. As many have said, Don will be sorely missed. No one will ever come close to doing what he accomplished in everything he did.
God bless you all and give you strength. My heart aches that I cannot be there to celebrate Don's life with you. There are just not enough words...


Hertha Meyer
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Your loss is shared by many. I'm recalling all the good natured teasing with all the WAWK guys when I'd call with a request to play a favorite song. The guys finally gave me a copy of Chariots of Fire! How Don teased J.C.Dover when he moved from GA and his parting gift from there was a snow shovel! We shared many interests - Home and Garden Show, Apple Festival Village, county tourism bureau, the beginnings of the Noble County Park Dept. He was passionately INVOLVED in the community. And now he is passionately involved in God's world. How wonderful for him! The hug between them must have been stupendous!

Deb & Randy Sexton
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Cindy & family, so very sorry to learn of Don's passing. Always enjoyed having him come into office with his great wit & comments. Such a wonderful leader of our community who will be greatly missed. Thinking of you & praying for strength to endure your loss.

R & T Monuments (Ron & Tracy Stanley)
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers are with The Family. We are so sorry for your loss. Don will be greatly missed by us and as well as so many. He touched so many lives and was a great blessing to Our Community. We will always remember his sense of humor and will never forget his faithful headbands!

Cathy Batcheller
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
My prayers are with your family thru this difficult time. Don was a great man and he will be missed.

Larry and Lori Browand
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Our condolences and prayers to the Family. He will be greatly missed, he was an asset to Kendallville and Noble County. May God Bless the Family in this time of loss.

Rick Anderson
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Thank you Don for serving us with honor. God Bless the Moore family in their time of need.

Kayla Preston
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
I am so sorry about your lose ....we love you and your father was a great man and his memory will live forever..

Miros and Theresa Maszczak
   Posted Sat January 19, 2013
We are praying that our Holy Father will bless and guide our niece and nephew, Diana and Donnie, as they mourn the loss of their father.

   Posted Sun January 20, 2013
Dad -
In the past week, when i've been able to sleep, i have dreamed about better times, when we were closer. I hated that we were so different and truly relished those things (jokes, shared beliefs, music, inside jokes that became tradition - e.g. you always giving me a can of spam for christmas even though you know i wouldn't even eat it if i wasn't a VEGETARIAN!, mutual irritation when someone loudly chomps on gum...) that connected us. Honestly, i think that there are many ways in which we are very similar...perhaps that's what made our relationship difficult.

I really wish i had a chance to say goodbye in the way that i needed. That was taken away from me and i can never get back. I'm trying to make peace with that.

I miss you so much. The person i need to comfort me with this loss, is you. Knowing that's not possible, i feel lost and alone.

There was something i wanted to tell you today. If you were still here, I probably would have texted it to you - just to piss you off ;)

You were much loved by many and my condolences to all - family, close friends, acquaintances, business associates...

Your heart worked too hard for too long - you used up all the beats you were given in just 60 years! Wow, you've been busy. I wish you had a break before you left this world. I hope you are resting now peacefully, now.

If i can ever find some suckah to marry me, i'll tell your grandkids about you. However, I'll have to wait till they are older to tell them most of your story. ;)

I love you, Dad.


Susan Derr
   Posted Mon January 28, 2013
My deepest sympathies to Don's family and his many friends on his passing. I regret that I was out of town at the time of his funeral and, therefore, unable to attend. I first met Don in the mid-80's when I was the PR Director for Northeastern Center in Kendallville and he was my ad rep for WAWK. Later I spent 15 years in the radio business myself and often crossed paths with Don. He was a shining example of how small-town radio can have a major impact on a community!

Scott Epton
   Posted Thu February 14, 2013
I have just recently found out about the passing of Don. Although I never was able to meet Don in person I 've had the extreme pleasure of doing business with him for the past 3 years. Don was a man of integrity which hard to find in a business partner these days and more than that Don would make me laugh throughout all of our negotiations a very rare quality in a person when it comes to business and dollars. I will truly miss Don and our little negotiating sessions but I am honored have had the pleasure of having Don touch my life. Rest in peace my friend.

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