Earl Joseph, the son of Leonard and Josephine (Schauls) Moore, was born Jan. 29, 1922 on the family farm in “Sand Cove” in rural New Albin. He graduated from New Albin High School in 1938. Earl was united in marriage with Kathryn “Kay” Bridget Welsh on June 12, 1944 at St. Mary Lycurgus Catholic Church, Waukon, Iowa. Kay preceded him in death on March 15, 2012.
Earl eventually took over the family farm and he and his wife, Kay, raised their six children on the farm. Earl had a passion for his family, farming, traveling, dancing and baseball. On the farm, Earl raised Angus and Charolais cattle, pasturing them on his father’s farms in the Winnebago Valley. He spent many years working with his dad, L. F. Moore, and neighbors maintaining the Upper Iowa River to prevent the yearly floods in the 1950s. The highlight of this effort was obtaining the money from Washington, D.C to straighten the Upper Iowa River in 1957-58. There was no major flooding from that time until 2008. Earl also worked to fund the New Albin landing in the Minnesota slough. He took Congressman Len Wolf in his boat to tour the landing site. Earl sold Archer Petroleum for more than 30 years and after retiring from farming, he continued to stay busy with selling Watkins feed and working at Wonder Wash in La Crosse, Wis. Earl and Kay traveled within and outside the U.S. Highlights of their travels included trips to Washington, D.C., where they were honored to meet JFK and seeing Pope John Paul II at Living History Farms in Des Moines, Iowa. They also journeyed around the country in their RV, made trips to Hawaii and Ireland and attended many of their grandchildren’s sporting events. Family often accompanied them on their trips as family was at the center of their world. Their son, Kerry, was a pilot and flew them on many of their trips. Earl especially had a love for baseball, playing competitively until he was in his mid-30s and later watched several of his grandsons play. It was not unusual to hear Earl chattering during the baseball games, especially if he didn’t agree with “blue.” It was very hard on Earl when Kay passed away; they were an inseparable pair. From working hard, farming and raising their family, to gardening and dancing, they did everything together. They especially loved dancing and frequented Howie Sturtz Orchestra dances. Earl was extremely close to his brother, Arnold, and his family and the Patsy and Mary Welsh family.
Earl is survived by his children, Sheryl (Joel) Gilbertson, Melrose, Wis.; Mary Jo (Ron) Moore, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Marlene (Roger Valley) Duffy, Lansing; Don (Marilyn) Moore, Eitzen, Minn.; and Remi (Marti) Moore, Lansing; one daughter-in-law, Robyn Moore, Lakeville, Minn.; 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Dolly Moore, Starkville, Miss.; his sisters and brothers-in-law: Leona Welsh, Caledonia; Robert and Mary Lou Cota, Harpers Ferry, Iowa; Lloyd and Betty Welsh, Essie Welsh and Sarah Welsh and Jerry and Marilyn Welsh, all from Lansing; Bernard and Carolyn Welsh and Robert Heffern, Waukon; and Robert and Ida Gonsalves from San Jose Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Kay, Earl was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph; his son, Kerry Moore, who died in 2004; his parents; his brother, Arnold Moore and a son-in law, Kenneth Imhoff. Also sisters and brothers-in-law, Robert Welsh, Billy Welsh, Daniel Welsh, Cliff and Alice Armstrong, Bernadine Heffern, Jean Welsh; and a niece, Sheri Payne.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Albin, Iowa with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. with an 8 p.m. scripture service at the New Albin Community Center in New Albin. There was also a one hour visitation before Mass time at the church on Thursday. Burial followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, New Albin.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Kee High Baseball/Softball Complex Project, care of Jake Imhoff, New Albin Savings Bank or to a charity of choice.
Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.
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