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Lawson P. “Bud” Moore, June 30, 1933 – July 21, 2021, was born in LaMonte, Missouri to Pete C. Moore and Mary Anna (Finch) Moore.

He graduated from LaMonte High School in 1952 and left immediately for the US Air Force.

He served his country in Korea, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Philippine Islands, Formosa, Indochina, Guam, Midway Islands, Hawaii and California.

He was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant in May of 1956.

After returning to the states, he returned to the Kansas City area, finding the love of his life, Rose Ann Mergen, to whom he was married for 58 years.

He was baptized in the Catholic faith in 1962.

After retiring from General Motors in 1995, he enjoyed working on the farm with his cows, fishing with his son, Michael, and spending time with his family.

Bud was a member of the NRA, the United Auto Workers Local #14, and the Knights of Columbus.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Rose Ann Moore of Kingsville, MO; two sons, Michael A. Moore and special friend, Jan Choate of Holden, MO, Harold K. Moore and wife, Michelle of Pleasant Hill, MO; two daughters, Wanda M. Thomas and husband, Edward of Kingsville, MO, and Rebecca A. Taff and husband, Layne of Calhoun, MO; eight grandchildren, Shelbi Smith, Nicholas Moore, Lauren O’Hare, Alexandra Thomas, Emma Moore, Alexander Moore, Sierra Taff and Shianne Taff; one great-granddaughter, Delilah Schley; one brother, James W. “JW” Moore and wife, Pok Sun Moore of Hampton, VA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete, and Mary Anna Moore; and one sister, Blanche “Maxine” Thompson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holden, MO with Father Curt Vogel officiating.

A visitation was held at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church prior to the service.

Pallbearers were Michael Moore, Harold Moore, Layne Taff, Ed Thomas, Alexander Moore, Robert O’Hare and Nicholas Moore.

Honorary pallbearers were JW Moore and Jeremy Schley.

Interment with full military honors, provided by the Holden VFW Post #5844 and the Holden American Legion Munday-Hancock Post #90, took place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Holden, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Campbell-Cast Funeral Home, Holden, MO.

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