John Paul Moore, Jr.
After a long life of loving God and serving others, John Paul Moore, Jr. 91, went to be with the Lord on June 1, 2013 in Wichita, Kansas. John was born on September 25, 1921 in Topeka, Kansas, to John Paul Moore, Sr. and Dorothy Louise Moore. John was the eldest son of seven children, Dorothy Cornish, Rita Mueller, Thomas Moore, Patricia Haines, James Moore, and Gerard Moore.
John attended Holy Name grade school and was in the first graduating class from Capitol Catholic High School in 1940, later to be known as Hayden High School. He supported his mom and helped raise his siblings after the sudden passing of his father in 1950. John graduated from Creighton University in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree from their School of Commerce.
John married the love of his life, Doris Ruth Birt on September 30, 1961. Doris was a widow with young children. John adopted Doris’s kids and became an instant father to Carol and Tom Birt. In July of 1962, they welcomed Mary Ann (Moore) Burris to the family.
John worked 23 years as Secretary/Treasurer for Seltsam Hanny Company, an investment banking firm. He then worked as Senior Vice-President and Trust Officer at Topeka Bank & Trust for 17 years before he retired. He served his country in World War II as a navigator and bombardier on a B-17 Flying Fortress for the 8th Air Force in the European theatre. John was an active member the Topeka Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 1650) and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. John was a founding member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4254. He invested his time and treasure to support the church and schools he attended. He also was a member of Shawnee Country Club.
John is survived by his children, Carol Birt, and her daughters, Anna and Yelena Birt, Thomas Birt, his wife Isolde, all of Lawrence, Kansas and their children Henry and Adrienne Birt; Mary Ann Burris, her husband Brian, and their son Kyle Burris, of Wichita, Kansas. John is survived by his siblings, Patricia Haines, Topeka, Kansas and Gerald Moore, Coos Bay, Oregon.
John will be remembered as a devoted father, fun-loving grandfather, loyal friend, meticulous worker, proud Irishman, trusted advisor, devourer of anything sweet, as well as a do-it-all handy man. John took great pride in being among those from the “Greatest Generation.”
A prayer service will be held at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Monday, June 10 at10 a.m. A sharing of memories will follow in the parish fellowship hall immediately following the service. John will then be buried with full military honors at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Parsons KS.
Memorial contributions may be made in cash for Mass intentions for John, by check to the Lion’s Club or a college fund for John’s grandchildren made out to Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home sent in care of the funeral home 2801 SW Urish Rd, Topeka KS 66614. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com
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