He was born March 19, 1929, Council Bluffs, Iowa, to John Vernal Moore and Francis “Grace” (Robinson) Moore.
He married Joyce Cain on Aug. 27, 1950, in Dayton, Ohio.
Bruce enlisted in United States Army-Air Force in 1946 through Fort Wayne, Ind. He served as a navigator in the European Theatre in Germany and in the Pacific Theatre in Japan; SSG Bruce Robinson Moore was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1949. In 1953, he graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Ind., earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Literature. He also earned a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., in 1961
He was born in Iowa and spent his youth in Chicago. He was in Fort Wayne for the rest of his childhood and, after serving briefly as missionaries in Texas, he and his wife spent 35 years in Ecuador, South America, and 3 years in Guatemala. Following retirement in August of 1998 they moved to Dallas, Texas, until October 2011 when they moved to Grace Village in Winona Lake.
For over 35 years Bruce and Joyce translated the New Testament of the Bible and an abridgment of the Old Testament into the language of the Tsachi people of western Ecuador. He produced literacy materials and ethnography on the culture of the Tsachi people. His work was instrumental in establishing a congregation of Christians among them. He also served as a consultant with Wycliffe helping linguistic missionaries around the world and in dozens of countries and languages. He has 25 publications listed with the Summer Institute of Linguistics on translation and the language and culture of the Tsachi people. Although the Moores retired in 1998, he continued consultancy work with Wycliffe from their home in Dallas, Texas.
He was a member of the Highland Park Church, Kokomo, Ind.
Bruce is survived by his wife: Joyce Moore, Winona Lake; two daughters: Rebecca (German) Rhon, Quito, Ecuador; and Carol Shaw, Garland, Texas; two sons: Stephen (Princene) Moore, Warsaw, Ind.; and Rev. Paul (Karisse) Moore, Silver City, N.M.; a sister:
Marcia Gould, Bristol, Ind.; two brothers: Donald Moore, Spokane, Wash.; and Dennis Moore, Miami, Fla.; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; and 3 step great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Jeanette Heigter.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6, in Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake. Pastor Ed Vasicek of Highland Park Church, Kokomo, will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200.