Russell Lynn “Rusty” Moore of Baxter Springs, Kan., died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. He was 62.
Mr. Moore was born Oct. 25, 1947, in Baxter Springs to John Byron and Geraldine “Jerry” (Moyer) Moore. He lived in the Baxter Springs area most of his life. He graduated from Baxter Springs High School in 1965.
He held several jobs in the area over the years, including Hormel Meat Company in Miami. He was currently working as an assistant funeral director with Derfelt Funeral Homes in Galena, Kan., and Baxter Springs, a position he held for the past 14 years. He was a member of Bethel Community Church, Baxter Springs, where he was formerly a board member and sound technician. He actively attended the Baxter area men’s prayer breakfast. He performed several comedy routines including the characters of Edsel Dudd and Elvira Goodbody while at the Kountry Kuzins Theater in Grove and Cal Pyle with the Goodtime Jubilee performers.
He married Janie Heatherly on March 17, 1967, in Cardin. She survives.
Additional survivors include one son and his wife, Sean V. and Tonya Moore of Tulsa; one daughter and husband, Heather Lynn and Matt Derfelt of Carl Junction, Mo.; two brothers, John B. Moore of Ardmore and Tom L. Moore of rural Baxter Springs, and five grandchildren, Holly Moore, Devon Moore, Aaron Moore, Maegen Derfelt and Mylas Derfelt.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Community Church in Baxter Springs. Pastor Mark Kerr and pastor Audie Tash will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel in Baxter Springs.
Memorials are suggested to the Rusty Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.