Don Moore



Noble County Council president and prominent Kendallville businessman Don Moore. A native of Middlebury, Moore came to Kendallville in 1978. He was president and general manager of radio stations WAWK 1140 AM and 95.5 FM ‘‘The Hawk,” owning the Kendallville business since 1991.  He was also the owner of Don Moore Productions and Minuteman Mowing Services.  Don was born in Elkhart, Indiana on October 28, 1952 to the late Devon  Moore and Iona (Eash) Moore.  He graduated from Northridge High School in 1971 and graduated from Career Academy Broadcasting School as its valedictorian in 1972.  He entered the United States Army and served his county during the Vietnam War as an intelligence analyst from 1972 to 1974.  He went on to graduate from Youngstown State University with a degree in broadcasting in 1976.  He worked at radio stations in North Carolina and Ohio before coming to Kendallville.  Moore was involved with the Kendallville Jaycees for many years and was a board member from 1978 to 1993. He received the Jaycee Presidential Award of Merit and the Jaycee of the Year honor.  Moore joined the Noble County Fair Board in 1991, serving as a member of the advertising and public relations committee and did much to promote the fair and its events. He was well-known as the public address announcer for the fair parade and the demolition derby each year.  Moore played a key leadership role in the Kendallville Downtown Business Association, and was involved early on with the Apple Festival of Kendallville Main Street Village in the downtown business district.  When the effort to continue the Fourth of July Fireworks show in Bixler Lake Park nearly fizzled, he was the one who took charge. He alone raised $8,000 annually for several years to keep it viable.  Moore was recognized by the Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year in 1998.  Moore was elected to the Noble County Council as a Democrat in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He was re-elected as president of the council Jan. 7, 2013.  He married Cynthia Diane (Moore) Moore on January 15, 1998 at Shook’s Restaurant in Kendallville. Don was a proud member and four year past Commander of the American Legion Post #86 of Kendallville. He served on the board of directors for the Kendallville Chamber of Commerce, Noble County Visitors Bureau, and the N.E. Indiana Solid Waste District.  He was a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, organized and promoted the Kendallville Home and Garden Show and the Kendallville Gun and Knife Show.  He was a past member of the Kendallville City Council, Chamber of Commerce president, Downtown Kendallville Merchants president, recipient of President Clinton’s Golden Rule Award 1994 for Community Volunteerism, Jaycee of the Month numerous times and tireless advocate of the Noble County Humane Society in Kendallville.

Symbols on the Monument represent the following:The hawk on top of the headstone represents his radio station. The band around the stone represents his Mr. Radio headband, which he wore everywhere.

In the right corner below "Mr. Radio" is a microchip that stores what he was involved in throughout his life. The NFC-RFID in it allows anyone with an IPhone or Smartphone to touch the microchip with their device, and the information will appear on the device. The three choices are camera for a photo of Don Moore,compass for the microchip's location and story for details about his life.

Those without this feature on their phones can manually type into the URL. A small box will appear and the number on the microchip should be typed in. The microchip can hold up to 42 pages, and all files are archived.

The names of all of the cats Don Moore took care of are on the front of the headstone and a porcelain picture of Don holding his favorite cat is on the backside of the stone.

The Humane Society of Noble County's logo is in the bottom right corner, as Cindy Moore was the president of the society.

On the backside, are exploding fireworks are depicted, representing Moore's fundraising efforts for the Kendallville Fireworks Fund.

In the center is a colorful logo of the radio station.

R & T Monuments, 125 S. Main St. designed Don and Cindy Moore's Headstone and is in Lakeview Cemetery, Kendallville, IN.

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