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Obituary: Dr. Charles Moore

January 10, 2021

 Dr. Charles Moore, 71, of Ellison Bay, Wisconsin and Georgetown, Kentucky, died January 10, 2020 in Georgetown. He was born to Harold J. Moore and Charlotte Lueck Moore  He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1982 with a Doctor of Psychology degree.  In 2007, he was appointed by Governor Thompson to the Wisconsin Psychology Licensing Board, a position he held from 1989 to 1997. He served as vice chairman of the Board from 1995 to 1997. He served on the La Crosse County Family and Children’s Services Board from 2003 to 2005.  He was granted professor emeritus status by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2007.  He taught at the University from 1982 to 2007.   His professional appointments included the Tomah VA Medical Center, the Mayo Health System Medical Staff, and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare.   At the time of his passing, Charles was employed at Trempealeau County Health Care Center.

Charles is survived and will be deeply missed by his best friend and wife of 49 years Mary Welch Moore; daughters Jennifer Moore of Golden Valley, Minnesota  & Lauren Moore of Georgetown, Kentucky; granddaughters Elizabeth, Maren, & Vivien (Jennifer); a brother James of Sturgeon Bay, WI; brothers-in-law, Patrick (Nancy) Welch of Janesville, WI; Thomas (Mary) Welch of Tomah, WI; Ted (Mary) Welch of Wilton, WI; Tim (Donna) Welch of Wilton, WI; and a sister-in-law Kathleen Harrison of Janesville, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, a beloved daughter Sarah Moore, a niece, Lisa Gray, his father-in-law, James Welch,  mother-in-law and friend Zora Welch , and three very special Labrador dogs, Zachary, Quinn and Reno.

Charles worked tirelessly to take care of his loved ones. In his free time, during the summer months in Wisconsin, Chuck enjoyed swims in Ellison Bay, self-described slow jogs to Gills Rock, evenings spent talking with friends and guests around his neighbor Rick’s campfires, and beach walks with Mary and their dogs. He loved escaping the Wisconsin winters to warmer weather in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. He attended the Kentucky Derby annually, loved spending warm spring and fall afternoons at Keeneland, and came to appreciate the rich history, Southern cuisine, and fine Kentucky Bourbons of the region. He was a hands-on horse Dad who enjoyed years of shared chore and barn time. He gained a lot of horse sense helping care for Trouble I Am and Golden Frontier, a retired racehorse that Lauren was retraining. He was very pleased to see this love of horses passed on to the next generation, through his granddaughter, Elizabeth.

Charles had the gift of gab and enjoyed conversations with everyone from former students to interesting strangers. He designed and built dollhouses, play houses,  decks, window boxes, and anything that he felt his family might enjoy.  He balanced these practical skills with his creative talent, leaving behind beautiful watercolor paintings and drafts of novels. He appreciated classical music, old films, good smoked fish, bourbon, and the Green Bay Packers. 

His granddaughters knew him as Boppa. He nurtured each of them, encouraging their interests and talents, from horse back riding, to swimming, Summer Camp ,and trips to Lambeau Field.  They loved swimming out to him past the buoys on hot summer days and they loved his grilled chicken drumsticks on the charcoal grill. 

Charles was 6’5″ but his absence in our lives feels so much bigger.  He was our rock.  We will look for him in all the places he loved and watch for him at all of our gatherings. And, we will always keep an ear out for his advice and guidance as we try to navigate life without him.

Services were held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wilton, Wisconsin.