Charles Donald Moore

Charles Donald Moore

PENDLETON, ORE. - Charles D. Moore, 80, a former resident of Long Beach, died Dec. 4, 2005, in Pendleton, Ore. The son of Donald and Florence (Galley) Moore, he was born Jan. 16, 1925, in Eugene, Ore. He grew up in Eugene and later in Portland where he graduated from high school. In 1942 he married Virginia Atkins.

Mr. Moore worked in the grocery business in Portland until being inducted into the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served as a machinist mate aboard the USS Point Cruz, a submarine chaser, in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre.

Following his military service he began a career with Safeway as a store manager, initially in Astoria and later in the Portland-Vancouver area, retiring after 37 years. Having maintained a summer home in Long Beach for a number of years, he retired here 25 years ago and then five years ago moved to the Pendleton-Pilot Rock, Ore., area to be near family.

Mr. Moore worked as a funeral assistant at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach for more than 25 years. He was a lifetime member of Long Beach Elks. No. 1937 where he had been named Tall Elk of the year several times and was also a 60-year member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. For a number of years he coordinated the annual Christmas Basket for Long Beach Elks among his other volunteer community endeavors.

He enjoyed fishing, duck hunting and berry picking. He also stayed busy helping friends and neighbors, cutting firewood, mowing lawns, painting, doing odd jobs or just picking up their mail.

He and LaVonne Walkup were married in Astoria in 1946 and she died in 1999. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Karen and Art Falk of Pilot Rock, Ore.; grandson Dennis and wife Jodi Falk of Union, Ore.; brother Gordon Moore of Eugene, Ore.; two nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece Sharon Bowens.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach. Concluding graveside service and vault interment at Ilwaco Cemetery will be followed by a luncheon reception at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital or the Long Beach Tall Elks in care of Penttila's Chapel, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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