Thomas Roland “Dick” Moorman, 88, formerly of Martinsville, slipped away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, surrounded by six of his children, three grandchildren and his wife of 50 years. Dick had been living at St. Charles Healthcare Campus, Jasper, since December 2009.
Born in Batesville Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1925, he was one of nine children of Herman and Loretta (Mollaun) Moorman.
In 1943 he graduated from Batesville High School, where he played center on the basketball team that made it all the way to the IHSAA State Tournament Semifinal. He then went into the Air Corps, serving as a B-17 bomber pilot until 1946. He played basketball while in the Air Corps and as a walk-on for Purdue University, where he graduated with a pharmacy degree. He then married his first wife, Rita Weigel, who died at a young age in 1962 after bearing his first seven children. He married Sally Fitzgerald July 20, 1963.
Dick was employed by Eli Lilly for 37 years during which time he was a district salesman, district manager and finally a department head in sales training.
Dick’s charisma, character and wicked sense of humor live on in his wife; nine living children: Beth Park and husband Ho, Terri Barrett and husband Buddy, Kaye Battles and husband Paul, Linda Vater and husband Jamie, Dave Moorman and wife Tracie, Barb Schroeder and husband Walt, Martin Moorman and wife Leigh, Meg Moorman and Tom Moorman and wife Becki; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He also is survived by twin sisters Betty Ricci and Billy Laugle and brother Ace Moorman.
Dick was also preceded in death by his oldest son, Joe Moorman.
Dick was passionate about his family, Catholic faith (he was a Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree member), countless friends and his beloved golf.
He was adored by his children and grandchildren and seemed to cast his spell on all who met him. He will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Costin Funeral Chapel, Martinsville, from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Martinsville, one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral Mass with Father John Hall officiating. Burial with military honors will be at the church cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Franciscan Friars, Cincinnati.