James “Jim” Neill Moore, 96, of Rushville, passed away at 5:29 AM, Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Bickford Cottage in Macomb.
He was born on December 18, 1924. His parents were Jesse and Fanny (Bates) Moore. He married Edith Ellen Hipple on June 16, 1962 at the First Methodist Church in Rushville. She preceded him in death on July 24, 2013.
Jim is survived by his son, David James Moore of Rushville, three granddaughters: Carissa (Zac) O’Donoghue of Lincoln, Breanna (Kooten) Johnson of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Riley Clay (fiancé Nic Cox) of Rushville, and two great-grandchildren: Murphy and Rudy O’Donoghue.
Jim graduated from Rushville High School in 1942. He was a life-long farmer who lived in the same family farm house his entire life. His dad died when Jim was nine years old; therefore, Jim became the man of the farm at a very young age. He and his mother, along with hired hands, farmed the family farm. His dad’s Shire show horses were award-winning, but many had to be sold after his dad’s passing.
As a young man, Jim enjoyed pitching in fastpitch softball. He was also an avid bowler, playing on two different leagues. He enjoyed helping his son raise and show purebred Hampshire hogs. Jim also coached his son’s flag football team. Jim was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan, so 2016 was a great year for him.
Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was president of Health Insurance Association (HIA) for many years.
His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and attending his son’s and granddaughters’ sporting events. He was an animal lover and usually had a dog in the truck with him when he went to town for coffee with his buddies.
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 21, 2021, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with David Haney officiating. Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to the Schuyler County Humane Society or the First United Methodist Church in Rushville. You are invited to share your memories of Jim, leave condolences and view his memorial video at www.woodfh.net.