Charles "Lee" Moore

Wednesday, April 11th, 1934 - Saturday, August 8th, 2020
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Charles “Lee” Moore passed away on August 8, 2020 at his home in Hood River, Oregon, with his family by his side. Lee was born in Pine Grove, OR on April 11, 1934 to Earl and Mary Whitecotton Moore. He was 86 years of age at the time of his passing.

Lee was a lifelong resident of the Hood River Valley. He attended schools in Pine Grove, Hood River and was part of the first graduating class of Wy’East High School in 1952.

He married twice. First to Shirley Phillips whom he had three children; Darold, Wes and Becky. While married to Shirley, he worked for Harvey Aluminum in The Dalles and farmed a small orchard adjacent to where he grew up in Pine Grove.

Lee’s second marriage was to Nona Hosman. They also had three children; Mike, Steve and Traci. In 1960 Lee began to farm with his father and brother Allen. He and Nona raised their family in Odell, OR. In 1974, Lee and Nona purchased and operated the Apple Barrel, a fresh fruit and vegetable store in East Portland.

He took hiatus from farming between 1977 and 1984. During this time, he sold the Apple Barrel, purchased a small mobile home park in Hood River and went to work for Stadelman Fruit as a fieldman. In 1984 he and Nona along with son Steve purchased an orchard in Parkdale and famed until 2001.

During Lee’s early retirement years, he and Nona traveled to Yuma, AZ for the winter months where they made many lifelong friendships. Lee enjoyed spending hours tinkering in his shop that had a place for everything and everything was in its place. If you loved history and listening to a long story full of depictive details, then you loved to visit with Lee.

In 2010 Lee returned to the roots of his childhood and began attending church and bible study at Hood River Alliance on a weekly basis. In 2012 during his baptism, Lee declared that he had made a personal decision to live the remainder of his days on earth for Jesus. Those close to him, especially his family, saw how the love, grace and mercy of God can transform a man!

He loved to cook and was an excellent chef. He also loved to use his Trager Grill to cook steaks, prime rib roasts and salmon filets. He enjoyed large family gatherings where he could share his art of cooking.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents and sister Georgiana Sheirbon. He is survived by his wife Nona of 60 years; brother Allen Moore of Pine Grove, OR; sister Louise Rickman of Wenatchee, WA; 6 children Darold (Sue) Moore, Wes (Adele) Moore, Becky (Lee) Gilkerson, Mike (Eve) Moore, Steve (Lilia) Moore, and Traci (Rohit) Fuller; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; cousin Robert Whitecotton of Odell, OR, lifelong friend Nate Arthur of Odell, OR and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00am Saturday August 15, 2020 at Pine Grove Cemetery (2687 Van Horn Drive Hood River, OR 97031) and a reception will follow at the Hood River Fairgrounds (3020 Wy’East Road Hood River, OR 97031). Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, all are asked to wear masks, shields or face coverings per the Governor’s mandate for outdoor gatherings.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee’s name may be made to Heart of Hospice (C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Ave. Hood River, OR 97031).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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Kurt Harter

Posted at 06:38pm
I just learned of Lee's passing. I will miss not seeing his smile and saying hello at church. I loved the part in Lee's obituary about "returning to the roots of his childhood " and attending church, where he chose to live the remainder of his days on earth for Jesus.

Wanda Taylor

Posted at 07:27pm
I so enjoyed seeing Mr.,. and Mrs. Lee at church. He will be missed but rejoice that he s with his Lord and Savior!

Wanda Taylor

Posted at 07:22pm
I am so sorry for your loss but so happy he was a Christian and is now with his Lord and Savior

Melanie (Clark) Bloom

Posted at 03:08am
Mrs. Moore, Traci, Steve, Mike and your whole family: I am so sorry about your loss. I loved Mr. Moore's smiling eyes, they would light up the room. Please know I'm keeping you close to my heart and wish there were something I could say. Fondly, Melanie (Clark) Bloom

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