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Don Moore

October 28, 1952 ~ January 13, 2013 (age 60)

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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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 Service Information

January 17, 2013

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, IN 46755

Funeral Service
January 18, 2013

11:00 AM
Kendallville Event Center
615 Professional Way
Kendallville, Indiana 46755

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