Col. Neil James Moore

August 31, 1946 ‒ July 28, 2010

Delaware, Ohio

Col. Neil J. “Jim” Moore (Ret.), 63, of Delaware, unexpectedly flew home to be with his Lord Wednesday afternoon, July 28, 2010. He was born on August 31, 1946 in Massillon, Ohio to Margaret and Ralph Moore. Jim had three passions in life; family, flying, and the city of Delaware.

His kids were always his first priority and he held his grandchildren close to his heart. The inconvenience of distance or a busy schedule never kept him away from his grandchildren, and there was no sacrifice too big for his kids.

Jim was an aviator with a lifetime of experience. He enjoyed sharing this passion with friends, family, and colleagues, as their pilot for tours, trips, and fly-ins to regional airports. He used many of these flights to look over the city he loved so much.

He was active member of Delaware Bible Church and a dynamic figure in the Delaware community. He epitomized a “citizen-public servant.” As a councilman for the past 11 years, he served his community with unparalleled passion. He was a tireless advocate for the airport and its economic development potential; he served as chairman for the airport commission and was on the Finance Committee; he helped negotiate the city-County 9-1-1 agreement and, most recently, worked on a Fire-EMS levy plan. A retired colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard, Jim was instrumental in helping arrange the partnership between the City and Guard for the Training Center to be built on the City’s west side. Jim also spoke out for the city’s public safety forces, always working to make sure fire and police had the necessary resources.

Survived by his children, Lance (Danielle) Moore, Worthington, Gabriel “Gabe” (Dawn) Moore, Lake Zurich, IL, Kristen Moore, Upper Arlington; his grandchildren Rylee, Hayden, Peyton, Connor, McKenna, & Bella; former wife and mother of his children, Carol “Casey” Moore; his brothers, Phillip (Karla) Moore, North Pole, AK, David (Peggy) Moore, Reynoldsburg; The Collins Family, Prospect, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Joshua Moore, his brother, Ralph Moore, and his parents.

Visitation will be held from 3 PM – 8 PM; followed by a Masonic service at Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 West William Street. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday at Delaware Bible Church, 45 Belle Avenue. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim or Josh’s name to Lifeline of Ohio and The Gideons. Donations may also be made at any Delaware County Bank branch or mailed to, “The Delaware Community Outreach Center Project,” P.O. Box 1001, Lewis Center, OH 43035-9814.

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