Thomas "Tom" R Moon

July 18, 1940 ~ November 1, 2022

Thomas R Moon age, 82 of DeSoto, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at his residence. He was born Thursday, July 18, 1940, in St. Louis, to the late Elmer K. and Eugenia E. (Thurman) Moon.  

Tom was a well respected teacher of English, Speech and Drama at West County and North County schools. When not instructing young minds, Tom enjoyed music. He played guitar and would assist young musicians form their own band. He loved drama and theatre. Tom was the sound engineer for numerous plays at Mineral area College. He had a great voice for radio and DJ'd at KFMO and KYRO.

Tom is survived by his sister, Shirley Takatz; nephews, Mark, Scott and Steve Takatz. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A celebration of life will be held at North County High School Auditorium in Bonne Terre, Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 2:00 PM.

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  1. Mr. Moon was one of a kind to say the least. I’ve never known a teacher to be so passionate about their job or their belief in their students. There are so many people whose lives were changed by this great man. There will never be another Mr. Moon. I imagine you looking down on us all, guitar in hand, strumming away to House of the Rising Sun.

  2. I never enjoyed anything in school as much as being in plays. Mr. Moon made it such fun! And he always kept our classes looking within ourselves, challenging our thoughts. I've thought of him many times over the years. One of the few teachers I will never forget and always feel blessed to have had.

  3. Mr. Tom Moon was my favorite high school teacher. He was interesting and always kept our attention. Have many fond memories from class, visiting him at his house and camping out behind his house.
    My deepest sympathy to his family

  4. He was a inspirational teacher and friend. 
    I think he tried to keep us aware that there will be many twists and turns along the way.  Try your best to take the better road and enjoy the journey! Thank you Mr. Moon!

  5. He was a inspirational teacher and friend. 
    I think he tried to keep us aware that there will be many twists and turns along the way.  Try your best to take the better road and enjoy the journey! Thank you Mr. Moon!

  6. Was a great teacher enjoy them a lot at lead Woods School. And out of school we had lots of fun coon hunting. Always heard some good stories from him. Seeing him in Festus at Denny's quite a bit. Will be missed.

  7. Tom was a smart man who was always on the go. He was also a good sport. When I was a senior at West County High I cut off the end of his tie to put in my memory book. He wore the other half for the rest of the day. Stay "mellow" Mr. Moon.

  8. I never had Tom in class, but he taught me so much. He taught me electronics, radio, engineering… so much. He was a great guy. 

  9. I have met Tom few times at MAC plays with my husband Frank. Tom was always happy to see us. I never knew him personally but I have heard a lot of stories about Tom. Frank was always looking for him on opening nights. My heart 💗 goes out to the family. Maybe Tom and Frank having a lots of laughs in heaven. God bless you.

  10. Thank you for believing in me when I couldn’t believe in myself. I will always remember you because you made a difference in my life. You were such a great human and the best teacher I ever had. 

  11. To our tom..not only were you a teacher that will never be forgotten, you were a friend we enjoyed deeply. you were a topic of conversations with us weekly. From your sarcasm down to your intelligence it will be remembered always. We will deeply miss coming to visit you and hearing all about the new people you met who forced you into friendship you didn't want, and the nurses you swore were out to get you when feeding you sugar free food. We love you always, Thomas Moon. until we see you again.

  12. Tom was cooler than the other side of the pillow. Tom was working at KFMO when I met him. I would call the request line constantly and at one point he asked if I would like to visit the radio station. I couldn't get there fast enough. It was exciting to see how everything worked. He taught me some of the ins and outs of radio. Things like "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was the go to bathroom song. Tom would let me pick out albums to play and he even let me do the weather once. We taped it. As I was driving home he played the tape. I got to listen to myself do the weather on KFMO. For a 17 year old kid that was raised on radio it was like a dream come true. I eventually moved away and lost touch with Tom but I will always remember the kindness and patience he bestowed upon me. Tom played the soundtrack for our lives. Thanks Tom.

  13. Me and the Boys enjoyed your humor, knowledge and all around just a good human.
    I'm sorry I never got to say goodbye properly.
    You'll always be Uncle Tom to me and the boys.

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