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Obituary for Ernest "Ernie" Raymond Moore
Ernest "Ernie" Raymond Moore passed away on October 8, 2021, after a brief illness. He celebrated his 90th birthday this summer.
Ernie was best known and recognized in recent years by his favorite toy: a yellow and black '63 Chevy Nova convertible, with a big stuffed yellow and black 'bee' passenger in the back. After retirement, he showed off his car in Fiesta Days parades, as well as at numerous car shows throughout Northern California. He enjoyed the attention and was always ready to strike up a conversation.
Ernie, the middle child of three, was born in Kansas and spent his first years growing up in Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri. The family moved to Southern California during WWII, then moved north soon after, settling in Vacaville. He graduated from Vaca High in 1950, when the high school was still next to Andrews Park.
Ernie had always been a hard worker, even before graduation, delivering newspapers on his motorcycle before school. Motorcycles, more specifically riding motorcycles, was an early passion. Whether doing wheelies in the train tracks as a teenager, giving him his first broken leg of many (yes, truly IN the train tracks) or racing in scrambles and flat-track events, Ernie lived for machines. He was a mechanic and a craftsman at heart.
His mother, Marguerite, was a creative homemaker and his father, Cal, was a sheet metal worker, a profession which Ernie learned during his time in the Marine Corps and performed right up to retirement.
Ernie was extremely proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed in San Diego initially, and his tour of Korea during the Korean War in the early 50's impressed and influenced him greatly. His acquired skills and knowledge in metalworking served him well in the field and in private life.
Lifetime learning was important to Ernie. He took courses at Solano Community College and even gave some courses. In the mid 70's, after earning his Private Pilot's License, he started building a lightweight, single-engine airplane out of wood.
He had done so many things in his long life and had just as many stories to tell. He will be sorely missed. Ernie is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jacqueline, and was blessed with three daughters (Stormy Haust, Germany; Joelle Sonnichsen, Oregon; Rebecca Locarnini, Vacaville) and five grandchildren.
Visitation hours are 5 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at the McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville. The memorial service for Ernie will be held the next day, November 3, at 10:30 am, with doors opening at 9:30 am. Please note that facial masks are required while in the McCune Garden Chapel. The military memorial service and interment at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery will be held directly thereafter at 12:30 pm.