OSKALOOSA — D. Jim Moore, 84, of Oskaloosa and formerly of rural Thornburg, passed away the evening of Jan. 14, 2014, at the Oskaloosa Care Center in Oskaloosa.
David Jim Moore, son of Clair and Elizabeth (McKay) Moore, was born Sept. 22, 1929, in rural Thornburg. He was born in a house across the road from White Oak Church, the church he attended all his early years. Jim graduated from Thornburg High School in 1947 and then joined his father full time on the farm. On Sept. 22, 1949, Jim was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Greta Lou McGimpsey, at the Thornburg United Methodist Church. Jim Joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951; he was stationed in Texas and served for more than three years. He came home on a three-day pass to purchase his first farm. To do this, he mortgaged everything but his wife and furniture, and this was because the banker wouldn’t let him. After his discharge, Jim returned to the farm and lived there until ill health required a move to the care center in 2012. In addition to farming, Jim also got his Real Estate License in 1961 and was a Realtor for many years. He spent more than 50 years as a Mason and Shiner and attended the White Oak Presbyterian Church. He served for several years on the Keokuk County Conservation Board. He was a Tri-County School board member and was serving as president of the board at the dedication of the new Tri-County School house in 1966.
Jim loved his family, farm and community, he invested his time and talents generously and wasn’t afraid to share his “wisdom” on how things should be done. He was a loving “Poppy” and so proud of Xan’s accomplishments and Jace’s athletic endeavors and service in the military. Although he knew he would not be there to see his youngest grandchildren grow up, he was thrilled to be “Poppy” to them as well.