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Donald W. Moore
November 29, 1932 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Donald Wesley Moore, 91, of Peoria, IL formerly of Washington, IL, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2024, at the Loft in Eureka, IL. Don was born on November 29, 1932, in Chicago. He was the son of Frank and Gladys Blumenshine Moore; his family eventually moved to Washington in his younger years.
Surviving is one nephew, Edward "Ted" (Katharine “Katie”) Litchfield of Palatine, IL, one niece, Traci (Rutcherd) Johnson of Lisle, IL, and other extended family. His parents and one sister, Barbara J. Litchfield, preceded him in death.
A proud graduate of Washington Community High School in 1950, Donald's quest for knowledge led him to further his education at Browns Peoria School of Business in 1952. His career began in bookkeeping, but his passion for History prompted him to return to academia, enrolling at Eureka College in the fall of 1960. There, he majored in History, graduating in 1964, having recognized the potential in teaching over accounting.
Donald's life was also marked by a notable service period to his country. In February 1953, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and underwent basic training at Fort Ord in California. Subsequently, he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as a clerk typist in the Engineering division of the 4th Army Headquarters. His dedication and hard work earned him an honorable discharge in February 1955.
Although he aspired to teach after graduating college, the path led him elsewhere when no teaching positions were available. Through the recommendation of a friend, Don Speck, Donald joined WABCO, which eventually became Komatsu. As an account clerk in the Engineering Division, he became a vital liaison between engineering and accounting departments. Donald's career at Komatsu was marked by diligence and integrity until his retirement at 65 at the end of 1997.
Donald's personal life was rich with interests and community involvement. Following the death of his mother, he moved to a condo in the Twin Towers in downtown Peoria in 1994. An avid sports enthusiast, he took great pleasure in golfing and was a committed baseball fan supporting the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs. He seized every opportunity to attend games, whether embarking on tours to see his favorite teams play or cheering on the local Peoria Chiefs.
A devoted member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Washington, Donald served on various committees and took pride in his role as an usher. His commitment to his faith and community was unwavering and served as an inspiration to many.
Travel was one of Donald's main interests; he explored the United States extensively, including visits to Hawaii and Alaska, primarily by bus and train. His international travels took him to every continent except Antarctica, which he admired from a cruise. Donald relished the experience of different cultures and landscapes, often participating in half-day or full-day tours overseas and across the United States. Europe is one of his longest and most memorable destinations.
Donald Moore's life was characterized by his wisdom, friendliness, and gentleness. These qualities shone through in every facet of his life, from his military service to his professional career and community and church involvement. His love for sports, passion for travel, and dedication to his faith painted the picture of a man who embraced life enthusiastically and gracefully.
As we bid farewell to Donald W. Moore, we celebrate the remarkable journey of a man who lived fully, served faithfully, and loved his community deeply.
A graveside service is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Glendale Cemetery in Washington. Pastor Charlie McDonald will officiate. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice. To share a memory or send a condolence to his family, visit www.masonfuneralhomes.com.