John A. Moore, 79, of Butler, PA passed away peacefully on Friday May 22, 2020.
John was born on Nov. 24, 1940 in Butler, PA as the oldest of 8 children to John L. and Genevieve (Spohn)
John was a 1958 graduate of Butler High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and
completed boot camp at Parris Island, SC, advanced infantry training at Camp LeJeune, NC, shipped out to
Camp Pendleton, CA and then on to Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. His unit participated in the new
Marine trans placement battalion program and subsequently became a member of the Third Marine
Division Force 1 in Readiness. His Battalion embarked aboard ship as the First Provisional Landing Team and
a part of the Seventh Fleet Amphibious Strike Force. Returning to the States, John reported to 2nd Recon
Battalion at Camp LeJeune. He was released from active duty after serving with H&S Company as training and testing instructor at Quantico, VA.
John married the love of his life Audrey M. Graham on July 1, 1961 and they were together until her
passing on Dec. 25, 2019. They were both members of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church.
John’s truck driving career spanned over 35 years at American Hardware – ServiStar. In his retirement
years, John was actively involved with numerous organizations including American Legion Riders and
volunteering at the Butler VA. He was a dedicated member of the Bantam Marine Detachment #743 of the
Marine Corps League and held many positions in that organization including serving six terms as the
Detachment Commandant. He was integral in the Toys for Tots, scholarship programs, and was devoted to
providing ceremonial Honor Guards for fallen veterans. John was instrumental in initiating the Missing in
America burial program that ensures unclaimed veteran remains are honorably interred. Some of the
awards that he received included: Legion of Honor Award by the Chapel of Four Chaplains in 2006; Bantam
Marine Detachment “Marine of the Year” in 2007; Butler County Veteran of the Year in 2014.
John’s interests included riding his motorcycle, tennis, boating at East Brady, NASCAR, reading, keeping up
with the latest in politics and attending his grandchildren’s numerous events.
John (known as “The King” by his sisters) is survived by his mother Genevieve Moore; and siblings Margie
Fogle; Richard Moore; Doris (Mike) Shook; Karen (Rick) Fitzpatrick; Alfred Moore; and Elaine (Ron) Salkeld;
3 children, Troy (Eileen) Moore of Woodbridge, VA; Maria (Paul) Blose of Butler, PA; and Jamie Moore of
Pittsburgh, PA. He was the proud grandfather to 5 grandchildren Jonathan Blose of San Diego, CA; Taylor
(Amber) Blose of State College, PA; Mikayla Moore of Arlington, VA; Marlee Moore of Manassas, VA; Adam
Blose of Butler, PA, and 2 great-grandchildren Josephina Blose, and Nolan Blose of State College, PA. He is
also survived by numerous nieces, and nephews.
In addition to his father John, and his wife Audrey, he was preceded in death by his sister Mary Ellen (Zane)
A private Catholic Mass will be held to celebrate John’s life with interment to be at National Cemetery of
the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA. Arrangements by the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham Street, Butler.
If interested in donating, John was passionate about the following local organizations:
#1. Butler County “Veterans in Need Funds” at 143 Denny Rd, Valencia, PA 16059
#2. “Butler Marine Detachment #743 Scholarship Fund” c/o Chairpersons George or Tina Zacherl at 535 Fisher Rd, Cabot, PA 16023
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