Floyd R. Moore Jr., 64

Thursday, March 29, 2007

KOOSKIA -- Floyd R. (Sonny) Moore Jr. was received home to the loving arms of the Lord Monday, March 26, 2007. He passed away peacefully from cancer at the home he built on Clear Creek.

Floyd's life was a beautiful Christian life, filled with devotion to his lord, church, family and many friends. He was a faithful member of Kooskia Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and donated his talent and love with the church remodel.

Floyd was born Aug. 12, 1942, in Grangeville, son of Floyd and Esther Moore of Pleasant Valley, near Clearwater. He was raised on the Moore Ranch at Pleasant Valley and loved to help his father with farming, ranching and taking the cattle to the summer range in Newsome and Iron Mountain, near Elk City.

He attended a one-room country school in Pleasant Valley, grade school in Stites, and graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia in 1961. He served a tour in the Army at Fort Ord, Calif., as a young man.

Floyd married Sandy Reichl April 30, 1983, and he was a gift from heaven for her. They shared a wonderful life, primarily in Tacoma and later in Idaho.

Floyd was a professional tile-setter extraordinaire for both residential and commercial projects. He worked primarily in the Tacoma area for many years, supervising large tile jobs for super malls, swimming pools, libraries, and worked on many famous Seattle buildings as well as the Seattle Bus Tunnel. He was proud of his tile in Spokane's NorthTown Mall and the Spokane World's Fair site, as well as many other malls and projects in Arizona, Portland, Ore., and Hawaii.

After retiring, Floyd and Sandy returned to Floyd's beloved Idaho, where he built them a home on Clear Creek. Their home always welcomed their beloved families and many, many friends. Floyd continued his love of tiling and left his artistic mark on many homes and businesses in the area, including his latest works, a log home in Clearwater and the Jacobs' home in Kamiah.

Floyd loved gardening and his flowers, spent time prospecting for gold and fishing on Newsome Creek, near the cabin he and his father had built. Trips to Red River and seeing the moose was a favorite sport. Floyd loved his chickens, dogs, cats and the many deer that visited their home daily.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Esther Moore.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Moore, at their Clear Creek home; his two sisters, Mayene Miller of Auburn, Wash., and Karol Cleveland of Kooskia; daughters, Richenda Schenk of Tacoma, Marchand Terrill of Gig Harbor, Wash., Vicki Schmidt of Tacoma, Mitzie Green of Tacoma; and sons, Danny Moore of Sacramento, Calif., and Vic Reichl of Gig Harbor. He also had eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as many cousins and numerous friends.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, 407 Seventh St., Kamiah, with the Rev. LuAnn Howard of Kooskia Presbyterian Church conducting the service. A covered-dish dinner to follow at the church. Arrangements are with Trenary Funeral Home, Kooskia.

Donations may be made in Floyd's memory to the Make a Wish Foundation or the Kooskia Presbyterian Church.

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