Charlie Alvin Moore
Charlie Alvin Moore, 96, of Medina, passed away Monday, August 4. He was born in Swisher County on Dec. 16, 1917, to Charles Robert and Nannie Mae Moore.
The family moved to Medina in 1934, and Charlie graduated from Medina High School in spring 1935. After graduation, he attended Draughons' Business College in San Antonio and then worked for International Harvester Company.
Charlie was drafted into the military during World War II on Dec. 1, 1941, a few days before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Initially, he helped construct landing fields in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska. During that time, aircraft needed a place to refuel, and the Japanese controlled a large portion of the Pacific.
After Charlie's company returned to the states from the Aleutians, they were reassigned to Okinawa, Japan, to build runways for the big planes to land during the US invasion of Japan. The runways are still being used today.
After the war ended, Charlie returned home to San Antonio, continuing his career at International Harvester Company. He worked there for 32 years until his father's passing necessitated his return to the family ranch near Medina to help with farming and ranching business. Charlie served in that role the rest of his life.
In addition to farming and ranching, he enjoyed all things mechanical beyond his time at International Harvester Company. He was also an avid reader, gardener and conversationalist.
Additionally, through the years, Charlie enjoyed military reunions. In August 2010 the San Antonio Express-News featured a photo and article about him on the first Alamo Honor Flight to Washington, DC, to visit the World War II Memorial.
As a young man Charlie was baptized into the Christian church and truly led a Christian life. His life's legacy was one of sacrificial and humble leadership. He demonstrated thoughtfulness, loyalty and respect to everyone he met.
Charlie is survived by his sister, Helen Moore Hicks, and LD Moore, who both live in Medina, and by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Clarence F. Moore, Medina Brooks Goodenough and Bill R. Moore.
Services were held Friday, August 8, at Grimes Funeral Home in Bandera. A burial with military honors followed at Oak Rest Cemetery in Medina. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.