Gary Moore

Family members of Gary Moore, who wrote a syndicated column that appeared in the Oskaloosa Herald, say the writer has died. He was 66.

Moore had been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. He wrote a weekly lifestyle newspaper column entitled "Positively Speaking" that appeared in more than 60 newspapers worldwide.

He also was a bestselling and award-winning author of Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home, Hey Buddy, The Final Service, and the forthcoming Fragrance of Lilacs.

Gary was a graduate of VanderCook College of Music. He traveled and performed with artists such as Ray Price and Barbara Mandrel, and toured with the national and world championship Chicago Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Gary was an entrepreneur at heart and spent most of his adult years working in a variety of business ventures and as the CEO of both public and private companies.

He is survived by his wife Arlene of 46 years and their three grown children, sons Toby and Travis, and daughter Tara Beth (Moore) Leach,son-in-law, Jeff Leach, and two grandsons, Caleb Daniel Leach and Noah Moore Leach.

Services are planned for July 21 at Gathering Point Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois at 5 p.m. Livestreaming will be available for those unable to attend in person.

His son Toby plans to take over the Positively Speaking column.

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