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  • Obituary: Warren Keith Moore, 91, a native of Wellington

  • Warren Keith Moore, 91, a native of Wellington
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  • Warren Keith Moore
    Warren Keith Moore, 91, a native of Wellington, died Saturday morning, July 26, 2014, in Marshall, Mich., after a short illness.
    Keith was born February 11, 1923, in Wellington, the youngest of nine children of Clyde F. and Nora M. (Brann) Moore.
    After graduation from Wellington High School in 1941, he entered Southwestern College, Winfield, with a music scholarship. His studies were interrupted by World War II. As a student, he was enrolled in the V-12 Navy College Training Program, then attended midshipmen’s school in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
    Keith and Mary Margaret Felt were married July 2, 1944, in Wellington, just days after he was commissioned as a naval officer. After further training, he spent the rest of the war in the Pacific theater as torpedo officer aboard the destroyer USS Chauncey.
    After being released from active duty, he returned to Southwestern College, graduating in 1947. He then undertook graduate studies at Kansas University, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in mathematics in 1951.
    In 1952 Keith joined the faculty at Albion College, Albion, Mich., where he remained for his entire teaching career, appreciated as a mathematics teacher by students and respected by faculty colleagues, until his retirement in 1986.
    An accomplished musician, Keith played oboe in the Albion College orchestra and for years sang in the Albion College Choral Society and in the choir of the Albion First United Methodist Church.
    For most summers of his adult life, he and Mary Margaret, and their children when younger, returned to Kansas were Keith oversaw the wheat harvest and assisted with field work on the family farm. In 2011, advancing age prompted Keith and Mary Margaret to move from their Albion home of 59 years to Maplewood of Marshall.
    Keith is survived by Mary Margaret, his wife of more than 70 years (they had been friends since childhood); one brother, Philip D. Moore, of Wellington; three sons and their wives, David (Allie) of Albion; and Donel (Polly) and Tim (Pati Scobey), both of Concord, Mich.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Marianne and Sarah, died in 1988 and 2012.
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    A memorial service is planned in Wesley Chapel of the Albion United Methodist Church Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m.Memorial contributions may be made to the W. Keith Moore Endowed Scholarship at Albion College or the Albion First United Methodist Church.Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guest book at www.kempffuneralhome.com
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