John Joseph "J.J." Moore, 79, of Bellfonte, passed away September 20, 2013 in Centre Crest Nursing Home.
His wife, Shirley Moore, died in 2009.
Born in Danville, PA, at Geisinger Hospital on February 6, 1934, he was the son of the late John A. and Marion E. (Middlesworth) Moore.
He was a 1951 graduate of Shamokin High School where he was a 3 year starter on the Shamokin Wrestling Team coached by National Wrestling Hall of Fame Coach, Mal Paul. He was a 1949 district and wrestling champion and a state qualifier.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He volunteered for the Naval Submarine Service and from 1951 to 1955 he served on two post WWII submarines: U.S.S. Sea Owl (SS405) and U.S.S. Grouper (SSK214) until his separation into inactive reserves in 1959.
In 1958, JJ became a member of the Pottstown police department as a foot beat patrolman. He married Shirley Ann "Irish" Reidenouer (Allen) , the love of his life in 1966. In 1968 he was promoted to Detective Sergeant and placed in charge of the Detective Division. In 1976 he was promoted to Captain, in charge of the Uniform Patrol Division. He retired in 1984, after 25 years of Police service. During this time he received numerous awards and citations from the F.B.I. and Pottstown Police. Throughout his police career he attended Penn State University where he received a degree in Police Administration and Community Service in 1977 from PSU, Berks. In 1985 he was hired as a Park Ranger for Montgomery County and stationed at the Green Lane Reservoir and the Norristown Farm Park until his retirement in 2000.
After retirement he and Shirley moved to State College where they attended all Penn State football games, many baseball games and wrestling matches. Both were very avid sports fans. J.J. also enjoyed cooking and golf as a sideline.
He was a member of the Pottstown Police Officers Association, U.S.S. National Naval Submarine Association, Berks County Chapter Submarine Service, Reading, PA, Holland Club Member, Penn State Alumni Association, Bellefonte Elks, American Legion Post 245 State College, VFW State College Post 321, USS Sea Owl Association.
He is survived by his daughter, Jill Allen Burd (Reidenouer), wife of Jere ; granddaughters: Taryn DeVon, wife of Jim Hummel, Tonya Dee McGahey, Karen Fishman and five great grandchildren: Maegan, Makenna, James, Shaun and Ryan. Numerous cousins including John Middlesworth State College, PA, and Billie Goldstein, Phoenixville, PA also survive him.
Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m in Highland Memorial Park Chapel, 701 Farmington Avenue
Pottstown, PA 19464. Entombment will be in the adjoining Mausoleum. Viewings will be held Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Kuhn-Stitzel Funeral Homes, Inc., 423 Main St., Oley, PA 19547 and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the chapel. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnstitzelfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Centre Home Care, Suite 6, 2437 Commercial Blvd., State College, PA 16801