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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Moline Teacher Robert Moore Dies

Robert Moore - Quad Cities Online:

Robert L. Moore, 78, of Moline, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Bickford Cottage of Moline.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be at Moline Memorial Park. Military honors to be conducted by the Moline American Legion Post No. 246. Memorials may be made to the family to be used as a memorial fund to be established at a later date.

Robert was born on June 5, 1934, in Moline, the son of Alma Gerken. In 1946, he was the Grant School spelling bee champion. He married Diann Bloome at First Congregational Church on June 12, 1971.

He graduated from Moline High School in 1952, Moline Community College in 1954 and Augustana College in 1956. Then he attended classes at Northern Illinois and University of Iowa. In 1972, he received his master's degree from Marycrest College. He started his teaching career in Lanark followed by Chadwick, Sterling and Glenview Middle School. In the fall of 1963 to the spring of 1990, he taught American history and geography at Moline High School. Bob was the MHS sophomore baseball coach from 1964 to 1983. From 1965 to 1990, Bob was "the voice of Wharton Field House," where he also announced football games for a 10-year period. From 1964 to 1982, he worked for the Moline Park Board and Dad's Club baseball and softball programs, where he scheduled all the games and umpires. He played slow pitch senior softball, and his 1974 team went to the National Senior Olympics in San Antonio, Texas. He umpired high school softball and baseball games until the age of 70 in both Iowa and Illinois. Bob was an avid Moline basketball fan and tennis player and, while he loved the golf courses, they were not so fond of him.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Diann Moore, and daughter, Ashley Moore.

He was preceded in death by his mother; aunts and uncles, Frances "Fanny" Gerken, Lillian Gerken, Ben Gerken and Ernest Gerken.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting his obituary at

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