Obituary

Rager H. Moore II, born Sept 2, 1959, in Midland TX, to R. Harrell Moore and Caroline “Brownie” Barsh Moore. Raised in Midland, Huntsville, and Houston, TX, with his two older brothers Charles (Charley) and Andrew (Andy), all of whom preceded him in death. Rager was educated at the University of Arkansas in Vocal Performance (BA & MA) and at UMKC Music Conservatory in Choral Directing (DMA). Between his masters and doctoral education, he moved to Santa Barbara, CA, with his family, where he studied voice and worked in hotel maintenance and as the choral director at Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Upon returning to Arkansas in 1987, he realized his deep love of teaching while working as a long-term substitute at Ramay Jr. High in Fayetteville, AR, and as an interim voice teacher at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. After beginning his DMA, he was a professor at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS, where he finished his dissertation and raised his family. He was then a professor at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, where he was also the choir conductor at First Presbyterian Church, Moscow. He finished his career at University of Arkansas Fort Smith while also conducting the choir at Prairie Grove First United Methodist Church. Rager was very active in the choral and vocal performance community, participating in conferences, clinics, and competitions in every region where he lived. His favorite position after retirement was conducting the women’s chorus at Butterfield Trail Retirement Community in Fayetteville, AR.

Rager adored his wife of 41 years, Gigi Hall Moore, who he proudly proclaimed to be the love of his life to anyone who would listen. To his friends and family, he was fun loving, gregarious, had a great sense of humor, was a wonderful mentor, a fabulous conductor, a super-good grandfather (“B”), a loving husband, a doting father, a fantastic uncle, and the world’s best brother-in-law. In typical fashion, Rager died during his favorite week of the year – Holy Week – on Good Friday, April 2, 2021, surrounded by his family at the Willard Walker Hospice House, in Fayetteville, AR, of mechanical heart valve complications. He is survived by his wife, Gigi, of Prairie Grove, daughter #1, Caroline (Kevin) Russell, of Prairie Grove, daughter #2, Charlotte (Troy) Moore, of Prairie Grove, and daughter #3, Courtney (Doug) Rominger, of Nashville, TN, and by the pride of his life, his six grandchildren: Isaiah, Maggie, Jeremiah, and Joseph Russell and Morgan and Madison Moore. Rager is also survived by the huge Hall, Harrison, and Moore families, nieces and nephews who adore him, and countless former students and colleagues for whom he made a lasting difference.

He was known for his smile, big hugs, giant heart, unconditional love, and for the way he followed Jesus.

A private family service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:
The Call, thecallinarkansas.org
or
Prairie Grove First United Methodist Church
1401 E Parks St
Prairie Grove, AR 72753

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Gigi, we are heartbroken over the passing of Rager. What a joy he was to be around! Such a loving, talented man. He will be greatly missed. We will keep you, the girls, and the entire family in our prayers.
Jim and Michelle Everett - Friends
My prayers are with you and your family! What a special person-he will be missed by all who knew him!
Carol A Gatschet - Friend
Gigi, We want you, Caroline, Charlotte, Courtney and all your extended family to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. What an honor it was to know Rager. With a smile or kind word he could make a forever friend instantly, and that’s without using his one and only Rager Hug! He will be missed beyond imagination. With much love and encouragement, Cyndy and Allen Binder
Cyndy and Allen Binder - Friends
I am so sad and shocked to hear of Rager's passing. My thoughts and prayer to Gigi, the girls and his whole family. Such a big presence, he will be missed.
Beth Green - Friend
What a wonderful man Rager was to so many. He became an instant friend to so many of our employees at Coyle’s. One of the servers said yesterday said that he was one person you felt truly was a man of God and he made all of us better just by knowing him. I will miss him, I’m grateful I knew him and I pray for peace for Gigi and the rest of his family.
Chris McAlexander - Friend
Gigi and daughters #1,2,&3, I have never met any of you, but I feel like I have known you all for years. Rager spoke of nothing but love and light for all of you, constantly. My heart hurts like he was family of my own, and I mourn with you and pray with you. Let it be known the vast array of hearts he has touched and changed throughout his life in such grand measures I couldn’t even begin to explain. Thank you for caring for and creating such a fantastic man. Let God be with you all
Caius Rickman - Student
I was a student of Dr. Moore's about 12 years ago. The impact of his presence in my life for the three years I spent in the UAFS choir is something I carry with me to this day and am sure I will for the rest of my life. I never left his class without feeling inspired and challenged to be a better person. His presence could fill an arena. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and of your tremendous loss. I'm sure he is singing with the angels.
Jon Humphreys - Former Student
To Rager's family, I am sending you all of my love and comfort. This man wasn't just a teacher, but a big huge part of the UAFS music department. He talked about his family with passion and was never afraid to be himself around his students. I will cherish those sweet moments he gave us all and those wise pep talks to everyone when we needed them. This sweet and energetic soul will live on with all he has left an imprint on.
Amber Lane - Student
To Rager’s family, whom he often talked about and adored so much, my deepest condolences to you all. He impacted my life more than he ever knew. Every lesson he taught, musical or life, I’ve carried with me to this very day. God bless all of you.
Austin Calvillo - Former Student
So sorry for Rager’s loss! He was loved and will be missed by everyone! The music time with him at church in AR. was a wonderful experience that was shared by all! His big smile and huge hugs were always there when I needed them the most! JB thought the world of Rager as I did! Gigi & family, you remain in my prayers
Shelia Birch - Friend
Oh we love Ragar! We met at central me5odist when he was an intern in the choir and gigo and her mom were also in the choir. They married and we have followed them in their life through joe and pat and through prairie grove and then he conducted the women’s choir at butterfield and we all loved him then. What a wonderful person he was and his family was everything to him. He was an important part of butterfield!
Ann henry - Longtime friend
I was saddened to hear of Rager’s passing, Gigi. I send condolences to you and your family, and Light Perpetual shine on Rager. His passing leaves a significant hole in the fabric of the community.
Melissa Upchurch - Friend
I am ever so sorry to hear about the recent passing of Ranger. I express my humble condolences to the family members as well as to the many friends that were in Ranger's life. Sherry
Sherry Dunhurst - Friend
Gigi, So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. What an amazing and talented man ( and father to your girls)! Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Dr Diane Balich, Tom Huls - Friend
When I think of Rager all I can see is the brash young college student who seemed larger than life, chewed tobacco, and had a superb tenor voice. And the jokes!! During the closing night of "Carmen" at the UofA Opera Theater the jokes and slips would abound. When I was onstage with another singer and we were looking offstage at the 'action' that was supposedly going on, and what did we see? Rager's shining butt as he mooned us from backstage. It was hard not to loose character on stage when looking at that!! I was glad to get to know him as an 'adult' when he came back into the sphere of my world of choral music. I was able to renew our friendship while he was at UAFS, and I was teaching public school choral music. The heavenly choir just got a little louder, and a lot more fun now that Rager's there! "Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat eis."
Debbie (Rea) Johnson - UofA College Classmate
Gigi We are so sorry to hear of your husband passing. Thinking of you our love and prayers are with you Dennis and Deanna Roberts
Dennis and Deanna Roberts - Friend
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