Lyle Moore, a former Hamilton fire chief and “role model and mentor,” passed away at age 76.
What Happened to Lyle Moore?
Lyle Moore, a former fire chief in Hamilton, was a “tough but fair” leader who oversaw the division until his retirement in 2001.
The Marine veteran and 1964 graduate of Garfield High School passed away on November 18. He was 76.
Tony Harris, president of IAFF Local 20, said, “We appreciate his many years of devotion to the community and his years of commitment to this country.”
He was always a steadfast supporter of us in retirement, and you could always find him at get-togethers for retirees or other activities. His absence will be felt deeply.
Fire Chief in Hamilton Moore was the training officer when Mark Mercer joined the force in 1989, thus he had known him his whole professional life.
Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters’ official FaceBook page announced Lyle Moore’s passing on their page, the message reads,
Hamilton Firefighters are saddened to report the passing of former Fire Chief Lyle Moore. Chief Moore dedicated his life to serving as a military veteran of the Marine Corps serving in Vietnam, returning home, and completing 27 years in the fire service with the Hamilton Fire Department. Working through the ranks and retiring as the Fire Chief, Chief Moore was very active within IAFF Local 20 and our retiree’s association. His commitment and dedication led his son Dave to follow a similar pathway in the fire service promoted to the rank of Captian on Tower 22. The Moore family is well respected with Hamilton Fire and IAFF Local 20.
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Chief Moore’s family and friends during this difficult time. Thank you for all your years of service to this country and the City of Hamilton, Ohio – City Hall.
Who was Lyle Moore?
Moore, who was born in Hamilton on June 5, 1946, graduated from Garfield High School in 1964. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in Vietnam as an infantryman with the 1st Battalion/9th Marine Division.
He honorably departed the Marine Corps in 1967 and enlisted in the Hamilton Fire Department, where he served until his retirement as fire chief in 2001.
While Moore was the fire chief, Hal Shepherd, the city manager, described him as “a lovely person.” He was devoted to both the city of Hamilton and the Hamilton Fire Department, the man claimed.
He handled his responsibilities with real professionalism and was a leader. Under his direction, the city and the department both improved.
According to Mercer, Moore had attained the position of fire chief and had based his success throughout his term “on the strong traditions of the Hamilton Fire Department, as well as his camaraderie among the officers and members.”
He added that the department made “many reforms to modernize our methods and facilities” while his leadership of the department. According to Mercer, Moore was “a wonderful storyteller” and had “a sharp sense of humor” when she recounted his adventures as a child growing up in Hamilton and as a Marine.
I had the chance to observe him as a mentor, devoted family man, and enthusiastic outdoorsman, according to Mercer. After retiring, Moore joined the DAV Chapter 15 and served as treasurer and a member of the honor guard. He belonged to the Butler County Sportsman Club as well.
They were married for 55 years when Moore wed Joann (née McKibben) in 1967. He is survived by his devoted wife, Joann Moore; his two children, David (Nicole) Moore and Wendi (Mike) Roush; his four grandchildren, Alec (with fiancée Hannah Neal) Roush, Dalton Roush, Anna Moore, and Sophia Moore; his one sister, Pamela Moore; his one brother, Kenny (Peggy) Moore; his brother-in-law Roger McKibben; his sister-in-law Alta Chasteen
Two sisters, Phyllis Moore and Karen (the late Henry) Jones, predeceased Moore. Today’s visitation is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 12 at the Webster Funeral Home in Fairfield at 3080 Homeward Way.
At 12:00 PM, the Hamilton Fire Department will perform the Last Alarm ceremony for Lyle. Pastor Tim Kufeldt will then officiate the funeral service. The funeral service will be followed by military honors.