|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1922|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 1993|
RICHARD GERALD MORAN was born Oct. 10, 1922, his parents were Patrick John Moran and Mary (Mae) Hett. He graduated from Calumet High School and in 1942 began working for the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad at their corporate headquarters in Chicago.
He was a veteran of World War II and was inducted into the US Army in 1943. He was a Sergeant in the 8th Army Area Comd., under Leland E. Rice, Capt. He participated in the New Guinea and Southern Philippine Battles and Campaigns. He earned a Victory Medal, an Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Battle Star, 3 Overseas Service Bars, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Award. He was injured in the Second Battle of Leyte in the Philippines and was sent home; he recovered and returned to service and was honorably discharged November 24, 1945.
Dick returned to his job with the CB&Q (Burlington Northern) and worked there faithfully for 40 years as a freight claim supervisor. In 1948 he married Virginia Louise Parkhurst whom he met at the CB&Q prior to the war. They had one daughter. He was a devoted son who loved to drive his mother down to Lincoln, IL to visit her oldest son, Robert and his family. He became a devoted grandfather in 1981 and again in 1984.
His retirement was spent enjoying his grandsons, his daughter and her husband, his nieces and nephews, his great nieces and nephews and the neighborhood kids who all called him Uncle Dick. His favorite pastime was attending his two grandson's soccer and basketball games, watching his favorite college football team Notre Dame, playing pinocle with his wife, sister Marian and brother-in-law Ray Mueller and "making the rounds" as he called it, visiting relatives and friends. He loved company and would turn off the tv, offer a snack or beverage and sit and visit with anyone who dropped in. They entertained the entire family every Thanksgiving and invited anyone who didn't have a place to go.
In the later years he spent his time caring for his wife who became paralyzed in 1986 with Multiple Sclerosis. Richard had quadruple bypass heart surgery in 1986 and in 1992 had a serious heart attack. He passed away in 1993.
Personal message from Richard: "Never let fear hold you back" and "God love you as I have loved you".
We are all sacred links in the eternal circle of life.
Patrick John Moran (1888 - 1960)
Mary Hett Moran (1891 - 1977)
Virginia Louise Parkhurst Moran (1924 - 1995)
Lincoln Memorial Park
Plot: MAB 45-5
Created by: Cathy Truesdale
Record added: Dec 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81583112
"Never let fear hold you back from doing something worthwhile." Richard Moran|
Added: Apr. 1, 2014