On Sunday, May 2, 2021, his family and friends, along with the larger community, lost an amazing man. Michael Raymond Moore (59) of Pulaski, Wisconsin, born September 9, 1961, in Pennsylvania, lost his valiant four-month fight against cancer. His wife of almost 37 years, Becky (Powers) Moore, who’s lost her best friend, and his three children Raymond (Caitlin) Moore, Luke Moore, and Annie Moore along with his two grandsons, Finnegan and Eamon, will do their best to move forward with grace as they learn to live without Mike’s love of life, optimism, and constant smile, but it will be hard. He had a bigger-than-life capacity to love and was incredibly generous with his time, his friendship, his talents, and his commitment to help wherever needed. He was a problem-solver who knew he could fix anything, often saying, “I won’t let anything mechanical outsmart me,” which was an adage for never giving up on anyone and anything that needed his special attention.
Mike firmly believed in education, earning his Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology and his Masters of Science Degree in Agricultural Extension and Education from Michigan State University. He continued this love of education by volunteering in many educational programs related to his children and especially within his strong commitment to quality leadership. Some of the many ways he gave back to his community can be seen in his involvement in a variety of programs.
He’s been involved with American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers, Maple Grove Countryside 4-H Club (leader of electricity & small engines), Shawano County 4-H (county fair superintendent for mechanical sciences), Pulaski FFA (coaching & judging), Pulaski FFA Alumni, Maple Grove Zoning Board (member & president), Shawano County Planning & Zoning Committee, Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program (member & board member), Leadership Green Bay (member, curriculum committee, president), Pulaski Polka Days Food Stand, Chute Pond Snowmobile Club (trail clean up), and NWTC Advanced Consumer Auto Class.
He’s earned some powerful awards such as the Blue & Gold Award from Pulaski FFA (2005), the highest award given from a chapter to anyone who’s contributed to agricultural education and provided outstanding service; an Honorary State FFA Degree from Wisconsin (2008); the Daniel Whitney Award (2014) from the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce for the outstanding Volunteer of the Year; and the Leo Frigo Award (2015) from the Leadership Green Bay program, which is “bestowed on an esteemed volunteer,” for making “a significant, continual contribution to the program and to leadership in the community.”
He also believed in the mission of Red Cross by giving blood regularly since he was 16 and then giving platelets (a 2-3 hour process) every 3-4 weeks since 2017 in honor of family members who’ve fought cancer.
The day he passed away, Mike was awarded the Energy Educator of the Year Award from the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) to honor his years of supporting and promoting Solarwise and Solar Olympics in local high schools in the Wisconsin Public Service territory.
But those who knew and loved Mike, knew he loved FUN! He tried to find joy in every day and played as hard as he gave generously. Along with hunting, fishing, boating, gardening, and tinkering in his shop, he adored snowmobiling and had long-winding, funny stories of his many escapades with his snowmobile buddies to share. He even convinced his wife to take up this sport.
Mike had a simple but powerful faith and helped where he could at his parish, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Pulaski, including school board member for ABVM school, Religious Education teacher, Eucharistic Minister, and Knights of Columbus, especially enjoying working at the Polka Days Mass under the tent. Mike never doubted that he was loved by God. He believed that “to much is given, much is expected”, so he gave and gave whenever and wherever he was asked to help or where he saw a need.
Other members of his family who will greatly miss Mike are his mom, Peggy Moore, brother Tom Moore, sisters Jo Ann Moore, and Kathy Titus; Becky’s brothers Tim, Tom, John, and Joey Powers, along with their spouses and children and grandchildren. Those in heaven waiting to greet him include his father, Tom Moore; his in-laws, Larry and Pat Powers; his sister-in-law, Cindy Moore; and his sister-in-law, Leslie Powers.
In lieu of flowers, consider donating in his name to American Red Cross, Leadership Green Bay, or Pulaski FFA Chapter.
Guests will be required to properly wear a mask and respect social distancing guidelines. Masks will be available for anyone who does not have one. Friends are invited to gather with the family at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 119 E Pulaski St., Pulaski from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 9. The Wake Service will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. The visitation continues at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 10. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Fr. Patrick Gawrylewski, O.F.M. presiding. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
The Mass will be livestreamed on the parish FaceBook page, https://www.facebook.com/Assumption-BVM-St-Stanislaus-St-Casimir-Parish-Family-89119956934
Since it might not be possible to be with the family in person, you are welcome to send any cards of condolence to the funeral home (make sure you put the family’s name on the outside envelope and your return address) and we will forward your cards and messages to the Moore family.
Marnocha Funeral Home P.O. Box 356 Pulaski, WI 54162