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Dr. Les Moore

March 28, 2013
Estherville Daily News

TERRIL - Funeral services for Dr. Les Moore, 93, of Terril will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at United Methodist Church in Terril with Pastor Michael Shaffer officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Terril with graveside military rites by the Terril American Legion Post.

He died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Spencer Hospital after a month-long illness.

Les and his twin, Leland Arthur, were born to William and Elizabeth Moore on Nov. 17, 1919, on the family farm near Terril. He lived his entire life in the Terril area, with the exceptions of college and military service during World War II. Doc Moore practiced as a veterinarian until the age of 89 while living in the home he built in Terril in 1950.

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Dr. Les Moore

Les and his three brothers, known as "The Moore Boys", played football, basketball and baseball for Terril High School. After graduation, Les attended the University of Iowa for one year before transferring to Iowa State University where he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1942. Les was 23 years old and had been out of college one month when he was drafted and left for the Army in 1942. Les married Mabel Pedersen of Terril in New York City March 19, 1942 and resided in Brooklyn, N.Y. until May 1946. He was a captain in the Veterinary Corps stationed in New York Port of Embarcation and received the American Campaign and World War II Victory Medals.

Following his discharge from the military, Les and Mable returned to Terril, where Les started his veterinary practice in 1946. He and Mabel raised two daughters, Mary and Linda. He was a country veterinarian who cared for all animals but preferred the large animal business. Les was known by most in Northwest Iowa as "Doc Moore".

Les was a member of the Terril United Methodist Church, Kiwanis, a 60-year-plus member of the American Legion and a life member of the Iowa Veterinary Medicine Association. He had also served as a member of the volunteer fire department and mayor of Terril.

Les has been preceded in death by his wife, Mabel; daughter, Linda; his parents and three brothers and their wives: Wayne and Erma, Carlyle and Lillian and Lee and Elenore Moore; and from the Pedersen side, Mabel's parents Theresa and Sam Pedersen, Elvin and Bertha Jackson, Lee and Ardis Blum, Willie Pedersen, and Vernon and Verdene Pedersen.

Left to cherish Les' memory are his daughter, Mary Richards; her husband, Mark; and their two children, Geri and Soren of Shell Beach, Calif.; Miles and Edith Netsch; Iva Pedersen and many nieces, nephews and friends.

While Les always kept his focus on his family, his professional practice and the community, he did enjoy golfing, dancing and classical music. He kept a positive perspective on life and could be found singing as he cleaned his truck and instruments.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Terril Kiwanis or the Terril American Legion. Online condolences may be sent to



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