John Moore, 76, of Decorah, died Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Services were at 11 a.m., Friday, July 11, at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Chad Huebner officiating. Organist was Yvonne  Kuhlman. Soloist was Don DiLaura (“The Lord’s Prayer”). Hymns were “Be Thou My Vision,” “Amazing Grace” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Honorary casket bearers were John’s grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.

John William Moore was born May 3, 1938, in Ottumwa, the son of Homer and Bess (Brown) Moore. John graduated from Franklin High School in 1956, in Cedar Rapids. He went on to attend Coe College and the University of Iowa. While in college, John was a Golden Glove boxer and wrestled for the University of Iowa. While in school his nicknames were “Bill” and Pedie.” He was married to Karen Biba, and they were the parents of Bryan, Craig and Julie. John joined Penney’s in 1960 and then was assigned to stores in Moline, Ill., Evansville, Ind., Lafayette, Ind. and Louisville, Ky., before his transfer and promotion in Decorah. John then was married to Sandy Peotter and together they had Adam and Abigail. While at Penney’s in Decorah, John was active in the Decorah Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and the Elks Lodge. He worked for JC Penney for twenty-six years, retiring in January 1986. After that he went to work for the Fred Carlson Co., and built many highways in the Midwest for 14 years. John was married to Pat Mettille Burroughs April 17, 1993, in Decorah, and Pat’s daughters are Angie and Stephanie. Over the years, John enjoyed picking on people and was always making smart comments. He enjoyed his Irish heritage and “kissed the Blarney Stone.” John also was an avid Green Bay Packer and Iowa Hawkeye fan.  John was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Decorah.

John is survived by his wife, Pat Moore, Decorah; his five children: Bryan (Rosa) Moore, Garland, Texas; Craig (Theresa) Moore, Carrollton, Texas; Julie (Michael) Schlaff, Charlotte, N.C.; Adam (Stephanie) Moore, Rochelle, Ill..; and Abigail (Jason) Cross, Morgan Hill, Calif.; two step-daughters, Angie (Glen) Lansing, Postville and Stephanie (Zeb Holkesvik) Burroughs, Decorah; 15 grandchildren, along with a Cross baby on the way; and four great grandchildren; two brothers, Dick Moore, Cedar Rapids and Jim (Jean) Moore, Rochester, Minn.; one sister, JoAnn Alexander, St. Louis, Mo.; his mother-in-law, Mary Kathleen Mettille, Waukon;  brothers- and sisters-in-law: John (Leona) Mettille, Caldwell, Idaho; Linda Mettille, Waukon; Butch (Debbie) Mettille, Waukon; and Debbie (Tony) Schulte, Spring Grove, Minn.; his little buddy, his dog, Paco; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  

John was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Bess (Brown) Moore and by his father-in-law, LeRoy Mettille.