Dick H. Moore 1934 ~ 2020

          Dick Hartman Moore was born February 14, 1934, 8 miles south of Anthony, Kansas in the Spring Township, son of Carrol Cecil Moore and Agnes June (Miller) Moore.  He was the third of four children.  He grew up on the family farm, attending Spring Township School before graduating from Anthony High School in 1952. At the age of 7 years old he hauled wheat to the Spring Elevator with a team of horses.  As a kid he also broke his steer and horse, Andy, to ride. 

          On October 21, 1954, Dick was inducted into the United States Army.  He served for two years during which time he was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany) / Sharp Shooter (Rifle) and the Good Conduct Medal.  He was honorably discharged on October 11, 1956.  He kept in touch with all his Army buddies.  He and Bob Morrow were the last two remaining and less than two weeks ago they shared over an hour long phone visit. 

          Dick was united in marriage with Dixie Dee Whaley on June 9, 1957 at the Presbyterian Church in Corwin, Kansas.  To this union three children were born, son, Danny Dick, and twin daughters, Diane Dee and Debra Lee. 

          Dick and Dixie made their home a half mile from where Dick grew up.  Being born and raised on a farm, farming was deep in his heart.  He was very passionate about farming and raising cattle.  His love for riding horses was his enjoyment with family and friends on many various trail rides and also gathering cattle.  A very hard worker, he instilled work ethic and great morals in his children and later grandchildren. 

          A man of honesty, his thoughts were never kept quiet. If he was thinking it, you heard it.  He loved teaching his children and grandchildren the proper way to do things . . . . his way!  His family was of the utmost importance to him.  He loved and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A man of great faith, he was a member of the Burchfiel United Methodist Church.

          The last week of Dick's life was not what anyone expected. Last Saturday he was looking forward to Harvest, feeling determined to drive his combine and later the tractor with his son, Danny, and grandson, Brent.  He so badly wanted to enjoy one more Harvest.  But God had a different plan for him.  He let Dick remain here with us until he and Dixie could celebrate their 63rd anniversary together on Tuesday, before calling him home.

          Dick passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Patterson Health Center, near Anthony, Kansas, at the age of 86.  He is now in Heaven farming the street of gold and watching over all his family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clifford Ernest Moore; sister, Gwendolyn Roderick; and brother-in-law, Tom Kastens.

          Dick will be forever missed by his wife, Dixie; son, Danny Moore and wife, Shirley; daughters, Diane Cashier and husband, Dan, and Debra Blanchat and husband, Randy; his sister, June Kastens; brother-in-law, Elbert Roderick; 6 grandchildren:  Derek Moore and wife, Brooke, Dedra Rathgeber and husband, Josh, Ryan Cashier and wife, Jana, Brent Cashier and wife, Chelsea, Nicholas Blanchat and wife, Britton, and Adriane Blanchat and fiancé, Cletus Wells; 14 great-grandchildren:  Sam and Mila Moore, Hayden, Anden, Rylan, and Kolsen Rathgeber, Carter and Camden Cashier, Braxton and Rhett Cashier, and Aniston, Chase, Briggs and Collins Blanchat; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; many fellow farmers; and a host of friends. 

          Funeral service was held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Anthony United Methodist Church with Reverend Karen Miller officiating.  Granddaughters, Dedra Rathgeber and Adriane Blanchat shared family memories of their grandpa.  Musical selections included "In the Garden," "I Can Only Imagine," "Outskirts of Heaven," and "The Cowboy Rides Away." 

          Burial followed in Forest Park Cemetery, Anthony.  Casket bearers were Dick's six grandchildren:  Derek Moore, Dedra Rathgeber, Ryan Cashier, Brent Cashier, Adriane Blanchat, and Nicholas Blanchat. 

          Memorials in memory of Dick may be made to the Burchfiel United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

          Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003.  www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com

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