Melvin Max Moore


October 18, 1930 - April 28, 2009





Melvin Max Moore was born October 18, 1930, to Walter and Esther (Wetzel) Moore in Jerauld County, SD. His family moved to the Mitchell area where he attended Betts School, Riverside School and graduated from eighth grade in Hanson County. He attended Fulton High School and graduated from Letcher High School.  He entered the US Army in 1952 and served in the Korean War with the 3rd Armored Division. He was discharged in 1954. On December 27, 1952, he married Raeburn Grassel at St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian. He farmed in Sanborn County until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Artesian Saddle Club, was a 4-H leader for twenty-six years, president of the Sanborn County 4-H Leaders Association and served on the Sanborn County Extension Board. On January 4, 1983, he was chosen WNAX “Farmer of the Day”. He was named the Friend of 4-H in 1985, was Outstanding Contributor to 4-H in Sanborn County in 1995, and in 2007 was elected to the 4-H Hall of Fame. He was a slow pitch coach for the “Artesian A’s”, president of the Sanborn County Pork Producers, was Diana Township treasurer, served on the Sanborn County ASCS Board,  was on the planning committee for the Sanborn County Veterans Memorial and was a member of the Mitchell Moose Lodge. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, serving as Commander in 2000, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was recently elected as American Legion District 6 Commander from Sanborn County.  He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He served as a Sanborn County Commissioner, was county chairman several times and was serving his fourth term at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife Raeburn; nine children: Gordon Moore and wife, Trish of Artesian, Brian Moore and wife, Terry of Artesian, Wayne Moore and wife, Tami of Howard, Mary Marvel and husband, Dave of Huron, Jim Moore of Burke, Nancy Schroeder and husband, Dan of Alexandria, Audrey Spader and husband, Al of Howard, Janice Huber and husband, Don of Alexandria, Susan Neuman and husband, Steve of Brookings; twenty-four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and two brothers, Howard Moore and wife, Myrna of Artesian and Earl Moore of Colo, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Marg Bechen and two grandchildren.

 A Memorial Fund has been established to the South Dakota 4-H Foundation.  


Friday, May 1, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, May 2, 2009
10:30 AM
St. Wilfrid Catholic Church
Woonsocket, South Dakota


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by Katherine Peer Vail on May 11, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family. I know how much my mother and father, Raymond and Merle Peer, enjoyed and respected the Moore family. Mel will be missed.
Posted by Alan on May 1, 2009
Thanks Mel for serving the community so well over the years. It is evident that your accomplishments and contributions made the Artesian area proud and a good place to live. There was always time for family & friends; fond memories are you & Raeburn going dancing on Saturday evening with my parents, Bud & Erma May. God Bless the Moore Family as the loss of Mel.
Posted by Joanie on April 30, 2009
Uncle Mel was a great uncle and very nice man. He always teased me about my high school boyfriend(s) since I spent a considerable amount of time with the family during those years of my life. I'll always remember sitting in the kitchen with Mel and Raeburn waiting for lambs to be born, drinking cocoa and talking; falling asleep on the couch while Uncle Mel watched Johnny Carson. I will miss you. Love, Joanie
Posted by Ashley Schmit on April 30, 2009
I got to go fishing with Uncle Mel and Uncle Earl. Grandpa Howie and Rachelle Moore were along too. We caught quite a few fish that day.Uncle Mel gave me a bad time because Grandpa would help me bait my line and Mel said he shouldn't help me. Grandpa Howie said that he sounded like his mother. Esther Moore would of said the same thing. It was a fun day! I will miss you Uncle Mel!
Posted by JoAn Melchild, Ortonville, Minnesota on April 29, 2009
Mel and Raeburn were such good help to my parents, Lela and Hadley Wise, and they helped me a great deal after the folks passed away. Their door has always been open to me since that time. My prayers go with you, Mel. JoAn Melchild
Posted by Cheryl Schmit on April 29, 2009
Uncle Mel was not only a good uncle, but he was a good neighbor and a great friend. I enjoyed all the times that we played cards and also enjoyed the nice visits on the road. Achievement days will not be the same without him. One of my favorite memories was singing with Mel at my house. I was showing him my new toy ( computerized organ) and he joined along and sang with me for quite a while. It was alot of fun!! I will cherish that memory. Dad, Mom, and Raeburn were there also. He will be greatly missed!!
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