Russell H. Moore, Jr.

| July 4, 2018

Russell H. Moore, Jr., beloved husband and father, 74, of Oil City, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at UPMC Northwest in Seneca with his wife and daughter by his side.

Born December 12, 1943, in Vandergrift, he was a son of the late Russel H. and Alice Grace Hunter Moore.

After graduating from Apollo Area High School in 1961, he enlisted in the US Air Force where he served in Japan and South Korea during the Vietnam War, working on radar systems for fighter jets. During his time in Japan, Rus learned to speak Japanese.

He continued his education after the Air Force, earning his Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University.

Rus worked for IBM in Youngstown and Raleigh, NC as a computer hardware consultant, retiring after 25 years at age 43 and starting his own company, RUSMO Corporation, where he continued as a computer consultant for another 25 years.

He enjoyed collecting old-fashioned radios and repairing them back to working order and was a HAM radio operator. Rus loved all things related to trains, having spent time as a volunteer for the O.C.T. Railroad and keeping models in his home, including a backyard 8 Gauge set. He completed 23 marathons all over the country, including one in Hawaii and sang in a barbershop quartet, Close A-Chord.

Rus was a member of the VETS Honor guard.

Mr. Moore was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Oil City where he served as an usher and camera operator.

He was active in several Masonic organizations. Rus was a member and Past Master of Petrolia Lodge 363, F. & A M. in Oil City. He was a member and secretary of Cyrus Chapter 236 in Oil City, member of Occident Council NO. 41 in Titusville, and member of Franklin Commandery NO. 44 in Oil City. He was also a member and Thrice Potent Master of Venango Lodge of Perfection, Valley of Oil City. He was a member and Past Sovereign Prince of the New Castle Consistory, Valley of New Castle. Rus served as the treasurer for Acacia Grotto in Oil City and was a member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Clowns. He was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award and the 33rd degree, the highest honor in Scottish Rite Masonry.

On July 25, 1964, he was married to the former Linda L. Zimmerman, who survives, and they celebrated almost 54 years of marriage together.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Michelle Raye Shultz and her husband Christopher of Oil City. Also surviving is a brother, William Moore and his wife Marlonna of Apollo; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Stephanie Moore; a brother, Rowland Moore; and two sisters, Maxine and Patricia Moore.

Friends may call at the Morrison Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 6. 

Funeral Services will be held in Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 7, at noon, with the Rev. Byron K. Myers officiating, with full military honors accorded by the VETS Honor Guard to follow.

The family suggests memorials be made to Grace United Methodist Church.

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