TULSA, Ok -- Funeral services for Edwin Stanton Moore, Sr., 96 of Muskogee, OK, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Tulsa, OK. Ed, born August 26, 1918, was one of eleven sons of William N. and Leona Moore of Morris, OK, and grew up on the Half Moon Ranch south of Morris.
He attended Euchee Boarding School and graduated from Chilocco Indian Agriculture School in Chilocco, OK, in 1936. He earned both Bachelor (1941) and Master of Science (1952) degrees from Oklahoma State University.
Ed was an outstanding athlete while attending OSU and received numerous awards including All Missouri Valley Conference football team, conference leader in pass receiving, and Honorable Mention All-American. He was a life-long supporter of OSU and a decades-long football season ticket holder. He was also inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame 1991.
He began his nearly 38-year career in education with the Education Division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Chilocco in 1941. In 1954, after holding positions in Arizona and South Dakota, he returned to Oklahoma to teach at Sequoyah Vocational School in Tahlequah. He taught civics, history and coached some football. In 1957 he was promoted and served as school principal until 1971 when he became the superintendent of Sequoyah High School. In 1974 he transferred to the B.I.A office in Muskogee where he served until retirement. He is fondly remembered and respected by numerous former students and employees for his years of service there as teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent.
He received the Meritorious Service Award from the Secretary of the Interior when he retired as the Assistant Area Director (Education) at the Muskogee Area Office in 1979.
Ed was a proud veteran of the United States military where he began his service with the Oklahoma National Guard in 1934. He served in the regular U.S. Army 1944-46 during which time he spent 15 months in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1946 to 1978 and was proud that he entered the Service as a private and retired as a Colonel. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Japanese Service Medal.
In 1940, in Wagoner, Okla., he married the love of his life and wife of 60 years Sally Beaver Moore. She proceeded him in death in June 2000. Edwin was also proceeded in death by all of his brothers.
Ed is survived by four children: Edwin S. Moore, Jr. and wife Linda of Jenks, OK, William Buddy Moore and wife Berniece of Cushing, OK, David G. Moore, Sr. and wife Jean of Broken Arrow, OK and Dr. Kelly R. Moore Wilson and husband John of Albuquerque, NM; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and family.
Ed cherished his family and encouraged strong family bonds. He was a devout Christian, who loved and proudly served his country and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
A visitation and wake was held Sunday afternoon and evening on August 9th at the Bradley Funeral Home in Muskogee. His memorial service was held Monday, August 10th at St. Paulís Methodist Church in Muskogee. A family service followed at Big Cussetah Indian Methodist Church in Morris, Ok. after which he was buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church. In lieu of flowers the family asks you to consider a contribution to Big Cussetah Indian Methodist Church.