Wayne Moore celebrated his 95th birthday this March at a restaurant in Walla Walla, Wash., with his family.
Wayne Erland Moore was born in Blue Earth County, Minn., near Mankato, on March 8, 1920. He was the second of four children born to Louis and Lillie Moore.
Wayne attended Union College in Lincoln, Neb., and planned to graduate with his class in 1944. However, he married Annabelle Evans in 1944 and commenced his church service career in Brownwood, Texas, at that time. He worked as a literature evangelist, school teacher and pastor in that community.
Returning to Union College, however, he did graduate in 1946 with a degree in theology. He and Annie then moved to Pendleton, Ore., worked at Harris Pine Mills and awaited a call. It came from the Upper Columbia Conference in 1948. During the ensuing years, he and Annie had two sons.
Wayne and his family remained in the Upper Columbia Conference for 14 years, where he pastored churches in several locations. They moved to the Montana Conference in 1962, and he and Annie continued as a pastoral couple there until 1982. During the 1966–1967 years, Wayne served the Montana Conference youth and education department. After retiring in 1982, Wayne remained highly active; he worked on a ranch, was a builder and also continued to preach regularly.
Annie died in 1994. Wayne married Margie Wiegand in 1996, and she passed away in 2008. Wayne moved to College Place, Wash., in 2009 to be near his sister, Dorothy Brock, his son and grandchildren.
Wayne's family includes Carlton Moore of Walla Walla, Wash.; Clayton and Denise Moore of Sacramento, Calif.; and 3 grandchildren.