Donald Ray Moore

Donald Ray Moore, 65, of Kansas City, MO passed away May 11, 2015 after a long, courageous battle with colon cancer.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, Raytown, MO.

Mr. Moore was born August 25, 1949 in Trenton, MO to Willa Irene Ferris.  In his youth, he traveled the world with his mom step-dad, Ronald Persell, and brothers.  At the age of 18 he enlisted himsef in the US Army.  Donald fought in the Vietnam War.  He was active duty from 1967 to 1969.  After his time in the Army he moved to Kansas City, MO and began his career at Lipton, retiring in 2006.  During his time at Lipton he met Thelma Jones, who to this union three children were born: Tamara Ann Moore (1985), Sena Raye Moore (1989) and Ronald Allen Moore (1994).

Donald was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer with mets in his liver and lymph nodes in early 2012. He was given one year and 6 months to live but defied all odds and lived for many years after. ¬†He referred to himself as the “Golden Boy” and poster child for colon cancer. ¬†Through all the chemo and radiation he fought until the end.

Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Willa Irene Persell and his brother, Garland “Sam” Dean Moore.

His survivors include his children: Tamara, Sena and Ronald; the love of his life, Thelma Jones; his father, Ronald Louis Persell; his sister, Ann Minard; his brother, Jerry Moore; an unborn granddaughter; and a host of friends and relatives.

He will be greatly missed!

A special thanks to the Oncology team at the Kansas City VA Hospital led by Dr. Ace Allen, the staff at St. Luke’s Hospice, and the staff at Heartland for providing great service and care to our Dad.

A military burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 12:30 PM sharp.


Visits: 2


  1. Stephen Jackson on May 14, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    My sincerest condolences to the Moore/Jones family. Uncle Don was a great dad and a man who took care of his responsibilities. He will be missed.
    Peace and blessings.

  2. Patricia Powell on May 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Don was a great man who loved his family and made it known. He will be missed by many. Praying for the family, that God comforts your hearts.

  3. Gwendolyn Mitchell on May 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Don will truly be missed! I worked at Lipton with him and he always knew how to make a person laugh. I’m so glad I was able to know him and see him before he passed. I’m praying for his family especially his beautiful children. Please be encouraged, God is with you. If you need anything please let me know.

  4. Clifton Hall on May 15, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Donald was a good man and a good friend. He will be sorely missed as he always treated me with nothing but love and kindness. I saw the love that he had for his family and friends and the example that he set in his life. Rest in peace my brother

  5. Williams family on May 26, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Condolences to the Moore family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says Jehovah God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

  6. Diamond on May 31, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that God is not the cause of this sadness. But He WILL soon fix it. Soon He will fulfill the promise made to us in John 5:28&29, and Revelation 21:3&4. I sincerely hope you find comfort in these scriptures about our future here in Earth…

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