Leon “Lee” Eugene Moore, age 90, passed peacefully in his sleep on June 5th after a three-day experience with Leukemia. Lee was born in Janesville, WI to Carl and Wilhelmina (Krause) Moore. He attended Janesville schools and Milton College. He was an Eagle Scout and Chevalier in the Order of DeMolay. Lee served his country in the US Navy during the Korean conflict. When returning to the states he worked at Fisher Body / General Motors in the accounts payable department for 38 years.
Lee was a member of the Masonic Lodge #55, Janesville, Veterans of Foreign Wars #1621 Janesville, Elks Lodge #2688 Destin and American Legion #296 Destin.
Lee met his life partner Geraldine “Jere” Stone while working as a lifeguard at Camp Rotamer. They married in 1955 at Cargill United Methodist Church. Jere passed in 2015.
Lee and Jere enjoyed entertaining family and friends at “Hyatt House” in Janesville, the family cottage on Lake Koshkonong and their warm-weather house in Destin, FL.
Lee’s adventures didn’t always turn out as planned. After joining the US Navy, he quickly learned that he suffered from sea sickness and was assigned to the nearest port, Trinidad. His first and last sailing trip on Lake Koshkonong resulted in a capsize with the mast stuck in the mud. His sunset pontoon cruise with Jere ended with a lost prop and having to swim / walk a mile back to shore. Loving warm weather, his trips back to Wisconsin became shorter as the August weather was too cold and proclaiming that “I’m going back to Destin, today!”
Lee’s greatest moment was the love and in-home care that he provided Jere during her decade-long affliction with Alzheimer’s. Lee’s only ask in life was to care for his wife and later, to pass in peace in his own home. He accomplished both. His last words were, “I’m not afraid, I’m just tired.” Bravo Dad, job well done.
Lee is survived by two sons, David (Karen) Moore, Janesville WI, and Todd (Barbara) Moore, Edgerton, WI; daughter, Melissa (Joe) Viola, Janesville, WI; 3 sisters; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Lee was preceded in death by his wife, Jere; infant daughter Paula and brother Lyle.
Services and internment will be at a later date in Janesville, WI. Schneider Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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