Robert C. Moore II, 73, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation will be held Saturday, October 21, from 10am-Noon at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, 2827 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 22, at 1pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1360 W. Main St. Burial will follow at Graceland-Fairlawn Cemetery.
Bob was born June 16, 1950, to Robert C. and Marita (Hanger) Moore in Decatur, IL. He was a 1968 graduate of MacArthur High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University in 1972, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the MU baseball team. He earned a Master of Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, an accomplishment of which he was most proud.
In 1971, Bob was named the first Director of Recreation at Progress School (now Macon Resources). He joined Decatur Public Schools in 1976 as a physical education teacher, where he taught at various buildings within the district. The second half of his career, he taught 7th grade science at Mound Middle School. After retiring in 2005, Bob returned to the classroom when science teachers were in great demand. Although he loved teaching in the classroom, his true passion was coaching athletics. He touched the lives of hundreds of young athletes in Decatur and Clinton, IL where he coached boys and girls basketball, football and girls golf over a span of 30 years.
Bob’s family was truly his greatest treasure. He married his high school sweetheart, Sue Jane Hill, and they enjoyed 54 fun and wonderful years together. They had two children, Angie and Matt, and what made them happiest was supporting their children’s love for the game of competitive golf. They’ve continued this passion by cheering on their grandchildren at musical and stage events, as well as countless athletic contests year-round. Together, Bob and Susie have been their grandkids’ biggest cheerleaders.
Bob enjoyed playing golf, bowling with the Retired Association of Teachers, making his annual trout fishing trip to Rockbridge, and “John Deere Therapy.” He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved Fighting Illini football and basketball. He was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder, taught Sunday school, was a junior high youth fellowship leader and sang in the choir. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and was a board member of The Good Samaritan Inn, serving as Chairman of the Building Committee for the newly constructed Good Samaritan Inn in 2009.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Marita, and his in-laws, Bill and Harriet Hill.
He is survived by his wife, Susie; daughter Angie (Chadd) Carver of Rochester; son Matt (Amanda) of Grimes, IA; grandchildren Allie, Maci and Breck Calvert; Grayson and Emmy Moore; Isabella, Liam and Maxwell Carver; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tom and Carole Hill; special niece Tiffany Hill (Ian Johnson) and daughters Ella and Evie; special nephew Trey Hill.
Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Bob will be incredibly missed, and his absence leaves a hole in our hearts. But we rejoice in knowing he is living eternally with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.