KRYPTON — On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, news of the passing of Bradley Moore spread quickly as social media sites were abuzz with condolences and kind sentiments—even before his obituary had been made official. Bradley Moore influenced so many people in his lifetime, but the people who knew his personal story were inspired most of all.
Bradley A. Moore was born June 21, 1941, to the late Walter “Butch” Moore and Edith Claire Phillips Moore Shrontz, and was raised on their family farm near Marianna, Pennsylvania. During the early 1950’s, America faced its worst outbreak of polio, and it was during that time that the young Bradley Moore contracted the deadly disease. He was a patient at DT Watson Children’s Home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for six months and was among the first group of recipients of Jonas Salk’s trial vaccination for polio. Bradley survived, but his left leg, spine and left arm, which was left with only thirty-percent usage, were never the same. Bradley adapted to his disabilities and was able to enjoy farming, fishing and sports much like a normal child. One of his most interesting adaptations was how he was able to catch and throw a softball; he would catch the ball with his right hand, quickly toss the ball into the air, slide his mitt off by placing it under his left arm, then catch the ball as it fell and throw it with his right hand.
Bradley Moore grew to adulthood and attended California University of Pennsylvania where he earned a B.A. in Secondary Education. He began his teaching career during the 1963-1964 school year at the Riverside Christian Training School in Lost Creek. While there, he met and married Elizabeth Howard, daughter of the late A.C. and Margaret Howard of Dunraven. After marrying in 1964, Bradley and his bride moved to Pennsylvania where he taught in the Pittsburgh Public Schools until 1972.
Bradley answered the call from the Krypton Brethren Mission in 1972, and he and Elizabeth moved their family to Krypton. After teaching at Dilce Combs High School during the week, he would wake up at 3:00 a.m. on Sundays and light the furnace at the Krypton Brethren Mission. He would then drive the mission bus and teach Sunday School there. Afterward, he would often drive to teach Sunday School at the Dunraven Elementary, and sometimes he would drive to teach a third Sunday School lesson at the school on Meadow Branch, all as an outreach from the Krypton Brethren Mission.
Many members of the Krypton community remember Bradley Moore delivering packages during Christmastime from the late Margaret Lowery and the Krypton Brethren Mission, driving children to 4-H meetings or Bible School at the mission or delivering meals from Ms. Lowery to Riverside Church Camp at the Red River Gorge. He also served members of his community by performing automotive and gun repairs. All remember Bradley Moore for his wonderful smile and great sense of humor.
Perhaps Bradley Moore is best remembered as “Mr. Moore,” a dedicated Perry County Schools math teacher. He taught from 1972-1995, all at Dilce Combs—with the exception of the year he taught at M.C. Napier. As a school teacher, he never allowed his disabilities to define him; in fact, most of his students and colleagues never knew he had a disability. Several of his students went on to become teachers and school administrators, and many credit Mr. Moore as their inspiration for choosing a career in education.
After retirement, Bradley split his time between his home in Krypton and his family farm in Marianna, where he continued his work as an active church member, song leader, and Sunday School Superintendent at both the Krypton Brethren Church and the Highland Brethren Church in Pennsylvania. He enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as raising a garden, doing mechanical work and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates.
He was laid to rest on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the hillside cemetery of Highland Brethren Church in Marianna, Pennsylvania, where a multitude of Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky relatives and friends gathered to honor him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his step-father, Samuel Shrontz, one brother Brian Moore, one granddaughter Katherine Moore and one grandson, Samuel Moore. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Sue Howard Moore, of Marianna; three sons, Walter “Butch” (Susan) Moore of Marianna, Larry (Melissa) Moore of Morehead, and Travis (Angela) Moore of Marianna; one daughter Valerie Moore Messer of Krypton; one grandson, Corey Messer; seven granddaughters, Abigail Moore, Allison Moore, Emily Moore, Kaycee Moore, Adelyn Barney, Kyleigh Moore and Lexi Moore; one brother Harold Moore of Broadway, Virginia; three sisters Ellen A. Plutch of Marianna, Nadine Mitchell of Broadway, Virginia, and Juanita (Scott) Bradley of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; and sister-in-law Amanda Moore of Williamsport, Maryland. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law in Kentucky and Indiana, as well as other relatives and friends.
Bradley Moore was a servant to the Lord, his family, his church, his students and his community. He is already greatly missed.