Oct. 1942 – Sept. 24, 2019
John was born in Wheeling, West Virginia to Arch Moore and Josephine Coatsky Moore. He was the youngest of six children including his twin brother Tommy who died in infancy. John had two sisters Betty and Dolores and two brothers Bob and Arley.
A graduate of Wheeling High School, John excelled at football. His athletic spirit lasted forever; he enjoyed tennis, bicycling, hiking, walking the dogs and working on his old beater cars with his Island buddies.
John met his future wife, Jo Ann on a blind date in 1959 when they were both 16 years old. He had her at the first wink of his sparkling blue eyes and funny crooked smile. They were married in the Church of Christ in Shadyside, Ohio at the age of 19. The day after their wedding, they took a Greyhound bus to start their new life together in California.
John and Jo Ann were blessed with two children; their son John Jr, was born in 1964 and daughter Jody in 1970. John was a devoted, loving husband and a great father. They settled in Cerritos for twenty years, where John had a long career with Chevron, he also had a Chevron dealership in Bellflower, Calif. As the children were growing up, the family went on many camping adventures to Ojai and to the Kern River Valley. John’s strong family values, morals, love of camping, pets, hunting, fishing and respect for nature are legacies that John handed down to his children and grandchildren. John was a true role model.
In 1990 they relocated to Ventura County where Jo Ann was a radiography professor at Moorpark college and John opened up his own auto-repair shop “Metric.” Working on his old beater cars finally paid off. He was friendly, honest and had many loyal customers that relied on him to fix their cars and sometimes to just shoot the breeze. During that time, he restored a 1967 Mustang; he had fun displaying his pony car in Santa Paula car shows.
John was a very humble man; when asked what he did for a living, he simply replied “I crank a wrench.” Truth be told, that man could fix anything except a broken heart and the crack of dawn.
In 2004, John and Jo retired and made their home in the Kern River Valley.
John loved barbequing at family get togethers, fixing broken things, neighborhood potlucks, Elks fish & chips, leather jackets, Stetson hats, rescue dogs, thrift stores, the 2nd amendment, and bragging on his kids and grandkids who called him “Papa.”
John’s favorite part of every day, summer, winter, rain or shine was the morning ritual of having coffee with his bride of 57 years, as they sat on their patio swing, chatted with neighbors passing by while enjoying the mountain and lake views and growing old together.
After a long, courageous battle with chronic kidney disease, John was lifted up and peacefully passed away at home as he was surrounded by his loving family and faithful pets.
John is survived by his wife Jo Ann, son John Jr. (Jean), daughter Jody (Mike), brother Arley (Jeanne), four grandchildren, Michael, Donna, Mikey and Justin, two great grandchildren, Beni and Emily, mother-in-law Evelyn, brothers and sisters in- law, nieces and nephews, in W.Va., Ohio, Calif., and Ariz.
The family expresses their deep gratitude to Optimal Home Health and Hospice, Alex and Anna, Sienna Wellness, Dr. Finstad, Dr. Spohn, Brenda and staff, Lab Corp, KRV Paramedics, KRV Hospital, John Kuttig, and Sanderling Dialysis for their compassionate care. Special thanks to good friend James, neighbors, friends and family for prayers and unfailing support.
John didn’t want a funeral; he requested a happy get together of family and friends. The family will announce a celebration of John’s life at a future date.