Obituary: Wilbur Dean Moore |

Obituary: Wilbur Dean Moore

April 4, 1923 — Jan. 3, 2018

Wilbur “Dean” Moore was born April 4, 1923, to Thomas and Alma Moore in Pipestone County, Minnesota. He attended elementary and high school in that county and graduated from Pipestone High School in 1941.

Following high school, he served in the U.S. Naval Aviation, earned his pilot’s wings and flew four engine patrol bombers. However, since the war ended at about the same time as his training, he did not see combat. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy as a lieutenant.

After leaving active duty with the Navy, Dean attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, for two years, followed by two years at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education. He later earned his master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Denver University.

While attending Morningside College, Dean met the love of his life, Velma (Vel) Lucille Redenbaugh. They were married in Omaha, Nebraska, on Dec. 27, 1948, and were married for more than 68 years, until Velma passed away on June 27, 2017. Five children were born to this union. One (Cherry Lynne Moore) was lost in an automobile accident in 1953 at the age of 2. Surviving children are daughter Merry Trujillo (Kelly) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; daughter Cynthia Vigil of Timnath, Colorado; son Thomas Moore (Shelly) of Greeley, Colorado; and son Douglas Moore (Christy) of Spring Creek, Nevada.

Dean is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren and two sisters, Ann Stueven of Edgerton, Minnesota and Dorothy Tarrant of Durant, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma; daughter, Cherry; parents, Thomas and Alma; brother, Robert; and sisters, Helen Bode and Donna Pantekoek.

Dean served as a teacher for one year in Oak Creek, Colorado, and one year in Springfield, Minnesota. He also served as an industrial arts teacher and guidance counselor for 31 years at Moffat County High School in Craig. He and Vel retired from teaching in 1985 and moved to Loveland, Colorado in 1990. They relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2016.

Next to spending time with his family, Dean’s favorite activity was woodworking. He completed many beautiful projects for family members and friends and also for the churches he belonged to. Dean and Vel were members of the First Congregational Church in Craig for 36 years and of Trinity Methodist Church after they moved to Loveland in 1990. Together, they studied scripture and continued to grow in their faith and relationship with the Lord until their time on Earth was finished.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 18, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Loveland. Interment of ashes will take place in Pipestone, Minnesota, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or to bless someone in need.