Obituary Notice: Edgar A. “Bud” Moore Jr., Local Popular Entertainer

Edgar A. "Bud" Moore Jr. (Photo provided by the Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home Inc.)

Edgar A. “Bud” Moore, Jr., 91 of Clearfield died on Monday, April 26, 2010 at Clearfield Hospital.

He was born on Sept. 22, 1918 in Clearfield, a son of the late Edgar A. Sr. and Margaret (Barry) Moore.

Besides being a musician and entertainer all of his life, Mr. Moore took over the family plastering business, “Moore Brothers Plastering” from his father.  Later, he worked as an Operator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and then retired as a union representative for the AFSCME Union.  Since faith was very important to Mr. Moore, he promoted it through his radio program, “Cells of Christ” which aired for 30 years.   He also founded the annual Clearfield Rosary March and was the founder of the “American Folk Musicians” music union that is still in existence today with state headquarters in Connecticut.  During the 1950’s, he hosted his own music TV show which aired on the WFBG Altoona station.  Along with his television career, he and his band, “Bud Moore and His Hillsdale Hillbillies” held nearly 1,000 broadcasts over numerous radio stations in Pennsylvania and New York.  Along with his sons’ band, the Moore Brothers, and his band the Hillsdale Hillbillies, he entertained audiences for over 75 years throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

Mr. Moore was an Eagle Scout and belonged to one of the few mounted scout troops in the world.  He graduated as salutatorian from St. Francis School, class of 1935.  He also served in World War II as a 1st Lieutenant with the US Army and prior to that served three years in the National Guard

He is survived by his wife Caroline F. (Marcella) Moore, whom he wed Dec. 6, 1943 in Phoebus, VA,

Fourteen children:

        Carol Moore Gormont and husband Jeff                                                      

        Edgar ‘Buzz’ Moore III                                                                           

        Robert Moore                                                                                          

        James Moore                                                                                           

        John Moore and wife Jennifer

        Thomas Moore

        William Moore

        Joseph Moore

        Anne Moore Coulter and husband Albert

        Margaret ‘Peggy’ Moore Wooster and husband Mark

        Michael Moore and wife Janie

        Patrick Moore and wife Tonya                                                           all of Clearfield

        Teresa Moore Gormont and husband Richard                            Houtzdale

        Richard Moore and wife Linda                                                            Clearfield

Forty-four grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild,

and two sisters:

        Barb Ruffner and husband John                                                        Buffalo, NY

        Nina McCracken and husband Ward                                                Woodland

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Barry Moore, four brothers Bob, Danny, Jerome and Barry Moore, and four sisters Maxine Broad, Phyllis Schnarrs, Rosalie Brown, and Margaret Moore.

Mass of Christian Burial will be said at St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. with Msgr. Henry L. Krebs as celebrant.  Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Clearfield.

Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the members of the Clearfield American Legion and VFW Posts’ Honor Guard.

Friends will be received at the Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, Clearfield on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 9-9:30 a.m.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Saint Francis Church, Endowment Fund, 212 S. Front St., Clearfield PA 16830. 

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