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Gail Edward Moore

September 10, 1936 May 20, 2014
Gail Edward Moore
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Obituary for Gail Edward Moore

Worthington, MN


      Gail Edward Moore, 77, of Worthington, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Sanford Worthington Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

      He was born September 10, 1936, in Reading, Minnesota.

      On September 11, 1954, he married Norma Jean Hinton at the First United Methodist Church in Worthington, Minnesota. Together they made their home in Arizona for several years; then back to Minnesota where they resided at their current resident east of Worthington.

      Anyone who knew Gail would say; that man knows and can do just about anything, a Jack-of-all Trades. He had a strong work ethic starting at an early age; from working with his father as a well digger; to being a plumber here in town for several years. Truck driving was his next adventure working for Worthington Tractor Salvage. A Field Superintendent for Clark-Taylormade was his next calling; so if you happened to see a white grain tank most of you will think of Gail. After the kids were grown, he and Jean decided to travel and see the country driving team for EW Wylie. Three semis later, he was offered a job working for Hanson Manufacturing (formally Clark-Taylormade) as the R & D Manager. There he installed Hi Roller conveyor systems around the world. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to whoever needed it. He was the most loving, caring, and giving man to everyone. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.

      He had a passion for Antique Tractors, which was his way of spending time with family and making new friends. Gail and Jean traveled to many shows where he demonstrated his World War II U.S.Trac Crawler and Scraper that he restored. He was an active member of Prairie Reapers and Florida Flywheelers. He and Jean spent their winters at the Flywheelers Antique Engine Club in Fort Meade, Florida. There Gail was known as "Mr. Social" by everyone; he never met a stranger. He had that special way with people, always making them feel at home.

      Gail is survived by his wife, Norma Jean and Five Children: Steven (Virginia) Moore, Worthington, MN; Susan (Dan) Poss, Worthington, MN; Scott (Pamela) Moore, Radnor, OH; Shannon Moore (Amy Granholm), Worthington, MN; Sherri (Greg) Chonko, Jackson, MN. Eleven Grandchildren: Melissa (Jesse) Somnis, Sioux Falls, SD; Joshua Moore, Worthington, MN; Kristina (Jed) Breuker, Worthington, MN; Leslie (Loreena) Poss, Niverville, MB; Kaley (Stephen) Aleshire, Delaware, OH; Katelyn Moore, Radnor, OH; Alanna Moore and Jamie Moore, Worthington, MN; Cody Chonko, Nikki Chonko, Casey Chonko, Jackson, MN. Five Great Grandchildren: Corin Somnis, Rylan Somnis, Tate Somnis, Sioux Falls, SD; Aleigha Breuker, Jace Breuker, Worthington, MN. Five Siblings: Doyle (Ruby) Moore, Worthington, MN; Allen (Mary) Moore, Brooklyn Park, MN; Lloyd (Diane) Moore, Warsaw, IN; Neila (Bob) Dick, Munford, TN; Mary (Joe) Chambers, Alpha, MN.

      He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Moore and Linnea Ruth (Jenkins), infant brother, Larry Moore and brother, Robert Moore.

      Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., with a luncheon to follow, at the First Baptist Church, 1000 Linda Lane, Worthington, MN, with Pastor Jonah Beckermann officiating. A private family burial will be in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worthington.

      Visitation will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home, 1225 Ryan’s Road, Worthington, MN, and also on Saturday, May 24, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church.

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