Melvin T. “Mel” Moore was born Sept. 18, 1919 in Brookfield, Mo., and was living in Noblesville with his wife, Pat, when he died Aug. 10 at the age of 96. He was the son of Guy and Emily (Freeman) Moore.
Mel was a World War II veteran, proudly serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific throughout the entire war. He had a colorful life as a farmer, salesperson, square-dance caller and retired as a real-estate broker. Mel had been awarded the title of Honorary Kentucky Colonel and was a published author. He was very active in the Toastmasters organization for the past 25 years, where he had earned the highest educational award, Distinguished Toastmaster, three times. He enjoyed mentoring new members and clubs, as well as participating in speech contests. He belonged to various Toastmasters clubs, including ones in Fishers, Noblesville and Indianapolis. Mel was a 65-year member of the Masonic order, with his final home at Lodge No. 57 in Noblesville. He had been a member of Clarksville Christian Church for 10 years.
Mel is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pat Moore; children Norma Fewell of Kokomo, Ind., Edmun Whaley of Poland, Ind., and James Whaley of Carmel; grandchildren Deborah Williams of Franklin, Ind., Michele Glidden of Eminence, Ind., Jason Holmes of Coatesville, Ind., Leia Beedham of Greentown, Ind., John Fewell of Westbury, N.Y., Christopher Whaley of Poland, Ind., and Jennifer Whaley of Indianapolis; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Karl Moore and brother Vernon Moore.
Memorial contributions may be made to Noblesville Masonic Angel Fund, 295 S. Ninth St., Noblesville, IN 46060; or Clarksville Christian Church, 16600 Lehr St., Noblesville, IN 46060; or Salvation Army, Memorial Program, 3100 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208