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    Indiana wrestling mourns loss of James Lee Moore

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- James Lee Moore, 94, was born in Bloomington, attended Bloomington High School South and wrestled at Indiana University. The Indiana wrestling family sends its condolences to the family on his passing on October 12, 2020.

    James Lee Moore
    In 1987 Jim was inducted into the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame.

    Moore was born on November 4, 1925 to Russell and Frances (May) Moore. Jim and his twin brother Hank were both Indiana State Champions.

    Before he finished his high school senior year he was drafted into the Navy, where he was stationed in Fallon, Nevada. After proudly serving in the Navy he passed his GED and enrolled at IU, where he earned a varsity letter in 1947.

    Later in life, Moore started his own business; The Circle M Ranch riding stable and dance barn. He trained and broke horses, gave trail rides, private riding lessons and lessons to earn horseback merit badges to the boy and girl scouts.

    Jim was an avid photographer and for a few years he was hired by Don Luft to take photos of the IU basketball games and other local events for the Bloomington Convention Center. He was a board member of the Local Hoosier Hills Festival. Jim served as Polk Township Trustee for 20 years.

    Moore's daughter Kasey, had the following to say about her father.

    "My dad was my best friend and I miss him terribly," Kasey said. "He taught me how to ride horses, that it's okay to be a goofball, and how to care for animals. I'm forever grateful for the gifts he's left me with; my empathy, love for animals, and humor comes from him."

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