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Robert Wesley Moore, age 84, a resident of Gulf Shores, Alabama, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Robert “Bob” Moore was born on April 24th, 1938, on his parents’ kitchen table in Clarkson, NE.  Bob became Clarkson’s most famous basketball player scoring the highest career points at Clarkson High and the second highest all-time scorer in Nebraska history when he graduated in 1956. Clarkson loved Bob, and Bob loved Clarkson, talking almost daily with his brother Dick to catch-up on all the news.He began in his collegiate basketball career at the University of Kansas where he guarded Wilt Chamberlain during scrimmages as a freshman.
He transferred to Wayne State University, where he continued to dominate opponents until graduating in 1961.
In 1960, he met the love of his life, C. Virginia Moore, at a party where the first words he said to her were, “you are the girl I’m going to marry.”  They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary last August.  Theirs was one of the epic love affairs in all of history.  Virginia was with him when he took his last breath passing peacefully, content in the knowledge that he had been well loved by his family and his Lord.
Bob began his professional career as a history teacher and basketball coach.  He loved teaching and his students loved him.  When it became apparent he couldn’t raise a family on a small-town teacher’s salary, he went on to become a stockbroker. While living in Fremont, NE, Bob volunteered in a fundraising campaign at St. Patrick’s Parish and found a new profession that fed his passion for helping people and serving God.
In 1974, he joined the Cosgriff Company where he was Vice President and raised countless millions for, predominantly Catholic, churches, hospitals, colleges, and universities across the country.  In 1976, Bob and Virginia left Nebraska and built their dream home outside of Council Bluffs, IA – Freedom Ranch.  They and their three children Catherine, Charles and Anne enjoyed raising and showing horses for many years. Bob was extremely proud of his children and their accomplishments.
Bob was an incredible father he encouraged his children to always be the best at whatever they chose to do, and he was always their number one cheerleader.  And he made childhood for them remarkably fun -- waterskiing, swimming, going to too many swim meets, plays, football and basketball games to count. 
In 1994, Bob accepted a job as President of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Foundation, and moved to Baton Rouge, LA where he and Virginia lived until Bob’s retirement in 2005. 
Wanting to be close to their grandchildren Lucy & Jack, Cate & Caroline, Bob & Virginia moved to St. Charles, MO where they spent their summers and Orange Beach, AL where they were Snowbirds.  Last year Bob & Virginia moved to Seagrass Senior Living, Gulf Shores, AL where he spent the last of his days.  He died peacefully with Virginia at his side.
Bob constantly encouraged his children to make every person they met feel like the most important person in the world, and he lived by that motto.  Because of this spirit, Bob never met a stranger, was always a leader, could shoot the bull with anyone, had as many friends as there are stars in the sky, and to the end was making new friends of the incredible nurses, caregivers and doctors who helped him.  His family wants to express their extreme gratitude to all those who helped Bob leave the world as he lived with extreme dignity.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence A. Moore and his mother, Lucille Moore of Clarkson, NE.
He is survived by his loving wife, C. Virginia Moore of Gulf Shores, AL; his children, Catherine (Christopher) Hanaway of St. Louis, MO, Charles A. Moore of Orange Beach, AL, and Anne Moore of Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren, Lucy Hanaway of Chicago, IL, John Hanaway of St. Louis, MO, Cate Moore, and Caroline Moore of Mobile, AL; and brother, Richard Moore of Clarkson, NE along with many beloved in laws, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.          

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 11am at St. Thomas by the Sea. It will be streamed @  

The family will receive friends one hour before service. There will be a reception immediately following on the premises.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast PO Box 18 Elberta, AL 36530, or by going online to .

Cards of condolence can be sent to:  Seagrass Senior Living, 21298 Cotton Creek Dr., Gulf Shores, AL 36542.


Here are the links to Bob’s obituary and arrangements.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 11am at St. Thomas by the Sea in Orange Beach, ALIt will be streamed @

The family will receive friends one hour before service.  There will be a reception immediately following on the premises.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast, PO Box 18, Elberta, AL 36530

Or by going online to 

Virginia's address - 21298 Cotton Creek Dr, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Passing of Bob Moore on July 13, 2022

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 It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of one of the Missouri Snowbird Club’s longest tenured and most prominent members.Bob passed away last evening in hospice care, surrounded by family and friends.Bob was a key member of the club who got things done. When he was talking to you, you felt like you were the most important person in the room. Bob and Virginia were the heart and soul of the Missouri Club for many, many years. He was known as the Godfather of the Missouri Snowbird Club and is simply irreplaceable.If you have a Facebook account and have any memories of him, you are invited to post them on the Missouri Snowbird Facebook.

Bob will be missed by everyone that knew him. Our deepest condolences go out to Virginia and the entire Moore family.
There will be a memorial service at St. Thomas by the Sea in Orange Beach, Alabama on July 30th. It will be live-streamed.  We will send more information as it becomes available 

!!!! New 2022-23 Club Officers and Activity Chairs have been updated on the Contact Us Page.!!!!
!!!! Our own MO Snowbirds members Mark and Debbie Rethemeyer were on the cover of the February 2022 Gulf Coast Snow Birds magazine.  See Link below for a PDF copy of the magazine (See page 4 and 6).  !!!!

Mark and Debie

Link to February 2022 Gulf Coast Snowbird Magazine PDF


!!!! The 01-19-21 Updated Preliminary Schedule for 2022 is posted on the Activity Schedule Page.

With Covid still hanging around, things are changing all the time, and we are trying our best to keep you all up to date.  You can always get the most up to date information on the Facebook page. Missouri Club of Gulf Shores

Attached is an updated schedule of events, and there are a few changes that I want to bring to your attention.

  1. The breakfast on Wednesday mornings is “served” at 9:00.  So, arrival time starts at 8:30, and this gives us a little time to socialize and catch up with our friends.  I apologize for the confusion in these past weeks. 
  2. BINGO – this Saturday (January 22nd ) at the Phoenix V.   Arrive at 6:00.  Bring your own drinks.  We will have pre-packaged chips and sweet treats.  We have lots of prizes for both men and women.  Cards are $1.00 per card, and this money will be given out as prize money.
  3. Brat Fest is cancelled.
  4. The Low Country Boil is cancelled.
  5. Location of the Book Sale has been moved to the Orange Beach Community Center on January 21st and 22nd.
  6. We have a Game Night on Feb 5th .  We need a chairman!  Please give me a call if you would like to take this on.  We are open to whichever game you choose, and we have lots of helpers.  We just need a chairman.

If you have any questions, please give me a call or shoot me an email. 

Facebook:  Missouri Club of Gulf Shores

Missouri Snowbird Website:

See you soon!
Mark Rethemeyer
Missouri Snowbirds

Jonathan CRAIG Grinstead
12/15/1953 -8/21 /2021
Strangers who met him became instant friends.  Passing ouf Gold Fishing Hooks for your hat was a
friendly jester.  Once your cap had a gold fisshing hook, you're an official member of the Golden Hook

He was passionate about everything life had to offer. Music was in his blood. His guiar was in his hand
more often than not.  Canoeing hundreds of miles on rivers. Hunting deer, rriding elephants in Thailand,
summer Alpine sledding in Germany and camping every time he could

He was very proud of working in the family business: Warning Lttes. with his father Jack and his brother

Kevin said to Craig recently. "You're !he happiest person I've ever known." Craig responds.

"I AM!"

Music written & played by Craig
Eulogy by Mike Kiffmeyer
Boy Scout prayer by Alex Munoz

!!!! With great sadness I wanted to let you all know that Craig Grinstead husband of club president Karen Grinstead died Saturday August 21.  A memorial was held at Troy, Illinois August 29 (see Program above) in a facility owned by Karens Aunt, well attended by members of his family, Relatives, Snowbird friends, Warning Lites employees, their long time minister, 2 of his Boy Scout friends, and many other friends Craig and Karen had made over his years.

If you have been following Nick Barr's Facebook Group "Missouri Club of Gulf Shores"  you probably already know, but I'm sure a lot of you who do not do FB may not have known.

Craig has been suffering from COPD and has been on oxygen for some time which was aggravated more during the last Snowbird time when he and Karen both got Covid.  This all happened very sudden.  He had been in the hospital in Pensacola where he had pneumonia and got really bad to the point where Karen brought him home to their condo on Hospice where he died very quickly. 

Craig was a friend to everone.  He will really be missed by all of us. !!!!


!!!! Breakfast Wed Jan 6 Canx due to renovations.  Should be OK next week!!!!
January 08 thru February 26
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               CONTACT    :    Dominick Viviano  (618) 530-0985

!!!!!!Greetings Fellow Snowbirds!!!!

Mark Rethemeyer has updated the calendar of events for the 2021 snowbird season.You can go to our webpage: for the latest updates.

A couple of things I want to bring to your attention for next year.

  1. Weekly Breakfast Meeting – the Perdido Keys Resort sustained severe damage and will not be open until March, so we are moving to “Another Broken Egg Café” in Orange Beach.  They have a private room, we’ll order off the menu, and have separate checks. 
  2. Golf Scramble – still on the calendar on Wednesdays!
  3. Welcome Back Party -  we are combining this with the first breakfast of the year on January 6th.   
  4. Happy Hour – Cobalt’s will have their back room for our Monday Happy Hour with happy hour specials like in the past.
  5. Bunco Game Night – cancelled.  Sorry, but these is just no way to social distance and keep everyone safe for this event.
  6. Snowbird Trivia Night at the OB Event Center is on the calendar, but tentative.  If it is still a go, there will be limited seats to provide for social distancing and all tickets will need to be purchased in advance.  No 50/50 and no silent auction (gift baskets).  More on this as we get closer.
  7. Bratfest – Cancelled
  8. Lo Country Boil – Cancelled

2021 will be a crazy year in Gulf Shores, one like has never been seen before.  We “WILL” get through this, and we will have a great time despite all the obstacles we’ll need to navigate.  You can take away some of the things we all enjoy at the Gulf, but you CANNOT take away the friendships and fun we have in the Missouri Snowbird Club.

I hope to see you all real soon!
Karen Grinstead
President, Missouri Snowbird Club

!!!! The Prelininary2021 MO Snowbirds Activities Schedule is posted on the Activty Schedule Page!!!!
!!!!Attention to all seniors.  Auditions for the 2021 Snowbird Season Theatre production will be held 27 February.
Not an actress or actor?  We also need carpenters, set painters, stage hands, lighting and sound technicians, shoppers (for props), cookie bakers, and servers for wine, cheese and cookies.
John Rice
Snowbird Season Theatre Group!!!!
Download 2021 Auditions Flyer PDF
!!!!See the link to The Point Restaurant's EARLY BIRD MENU on the Links Page!!!!
!!!!Chili Supper Saturday 18 Jan is Canceled for lack of interest.!!!!

!!!!For membership issues and questions such as membership rosters or new badges,!!!!
!!!! The 2020 Trivia Night is to be held 8 February at the Orange Beach Event Center hosted by the Friends of the Orange Beach Library.  Registration Forms are posted for viewing and downloading on the Trivia Night Page. !!!!
Link for downloading PDF Trivia Night Registration Form

The Missouri Club lost a wonderful friend 23 Oct.  Dick Ruda had back surgery and seemed to be doing so well. He died in his sleep at the hospital.
There are just no words to express the profound loss that his friends feel at this sad time. Our hearts go out to Toni and the Ruda family.

As reported by Nick Barr on his Facebook Group named "Missouri Club Of Gulf Shores" where additional info and photos are posted.

Dick Ruda's partial Obituary info is shown below. The complete Obituary info can be found at

Note:  You will have to paste the above Link into your browser.

Ruda, Richard Phil

Richard (Dick) Ruda was welcomed into the Lord's loving arms, October 23, 2019; beloved husband of 53 years to Toni (nee DiBlasi); loving father of Monica Ruda, Melissa (Brian) Muldoon, and Melanie (Kevin) Wagner; cherished grandfather of Justin (Jess), Grace, Harrison, Brendan, Morgan,

Matthew, Nicholas, Emily, Kathryn, Audrey, Willow, Mary, and Andrew. He was preceded in death by his parents Felix and Adeline Ruda, his brother Jerry Ruda, and granddaughter Natalie Wagner. Dick was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manchester, MO and Our Lady of the Gulf, Gulf Shores, AL. Dick was a proud veteran who was truly dedicated to his family and never knew a stranger; Dick generously donated his body to St. Louis University; in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, Mobile, AL or Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast AL.

Services: Celebration of life beginning at 10 a.m. with Memorial Mass to follow at 11 on Saturday November 2 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 567 St. Joseph Lane, Manchester, MO 63021.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Oct. 30, 2019
!!!! The first 2020 Monday get together at Cobalt's Happy Hour will be January 6 from 3 - 6 PM and each Monday thereafter thru February !!!!
!!!! Club Minutes posted on Activity Schedule Page below the Activity Schedule !!!!
Nick Barr Article for Jan 31- Feb 14 2018 Mullet Wrapper
Nick Article

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