INDIANAPOLIS — William Bert Moore, 79, died Saturday, June 28, in Indianapolis after battling congestive heart failure the last few years. Born in Washington to Charles and Inez (Wise) Moore, he graduated in 1953 from Washington High School. Bert had a lifelong love of music that began when he played trumpet in the high school band.
While in high school, Bert began working at radio stations WAMW and WFML where he met his wife of 53 years, Washington-native Emily, whose maiden name was also Moore. Bert served as deejay, announcer, and farm director. As a deejay, he spun the top hits of the Big Band Era and continued to love that music throughout his life as well as tunes from the Rat Pack. He had an extensive record collection, and he and Emily shared many happy memories attending the shows of the big music acts of the day, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Les Brown and his Band of Renown, Engelbert Humperdinck, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and many more.
From 1954 to 1962, Bert served in the U.S. Navy and Reserve. He was stationed in Bermuda and Norfolk, VA, where he was an air traffic controller. Bert continued his government career with the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller in Indianapolis until retiring in 1994. With the FAA, he also did voiceovers for training and orientation videos.
Bert loved all sports, but especially auto racing. For many years he enjoyed taking his family to the Indianapolis 500 and festivities, including the parade and qualifications. He also followed Formula 1 races closely and said the one good thing about the many hospital stays he had during his later years was watching the Speed Channel. He also had season tickets to the Indianapolis Colts for several years and continued to support them.