Roderick's Story

FARMINGTON - Roderick Michael "Rod" Moore, 88, passed away on April 18, 2016, at the Sandy River Nursing Home in Farmington. He was born March 17, 1928, in Abbot, the son of Gayland Moore Sr. and Ione (Bennett) Moore.

Rod attended Abbot Elementary School and graduated from Guilford High School in 1946. He enlisted in the US Air Force in December 1951, and told family and friends "Alaska, here I come, and college when I get out." During his Air Force service, Rod was stationed in the remote Alaskan villages of Nome, Gambell, and Unalakleet. In Unalakleet he met and married Margaret Christine Anawrok. Discharged from the Air Force in September 1955, Rod enrolled at the University of Alaska, receiving his BS Degree in Civil Engineering in 1960. He also earned a Master's Degree in Engineering Management in 1970.

While in Alaska, Rod enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing with his family. The family went on extended camping and hunting trips every year, and Rod was fortunate to harvest many moose and caribou during his time there. In 1974, Rod and his family left Alaska as he accepted a position in Washington DC at the Federal Railroad Administration, where he worked until his retirement in May 1987. Upon his retirement, he moved back to Maine, settling in Farmington. Rod enjoyed 29 years of active retirement that included hunting, fishing, and exploring. He explored hundreds of miles of forest service roads and logging trails in the north central Maine area over the years, keeping detailed notes of his explorations.

He was preceded in death by both parents, his brothers, Gayland and Carroll Moore, and his sister, Mary Moore Campbell. He is survived by two daughters, Sharon John and Kathy Leonard, both of Anchorage, Alaska; two sons, Michael Moore of Frederick, Maryland and Robert Moore of Eldersburg, Maryland; sister-in-law, Joyce Moore of Abbot; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and extended family members.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00am Friday, May 20, 2016, at the Elmwood Cemetery in Guilford.

Those who wish to may make gifts in Rod's memory to the Abbot Historical Society, Abbot, ME 04406.

Arrangements by Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft.

Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
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