In Memory of

Harlan James Moore

April 4, 1947 - January 14, 2024


Harlan James Moore (76) of Lone Jack, MO born in Fremont, NE on April 4, 1947 passed away on January 14, 2024.

Harlan is preceded in death by his parents Robert Moore, Jr and Rose (Redgrave) Moore, and brother, Wayne Allen Moore, and his first wife Kathy (Johnson) Moore.  He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Ramonda (Session) Moore, daughters Kelly (Jason) Baker and Micha (Jim) Allen, son Travis Moore, and Grandchildren Madison Moore, Lauren (Christopher) Cronk, Logan (Samantha) Baker, and Jackson Baker, and a loving extended family.

Harlan was a passionate musician his entire life. He played trumpet in the US 702 Air Force Band and was honored to play for or with notable individuals such as Bob Hope, President Nixon, Marilyn Maye, Glen Campbell, The Temptations, and Anita Bryant.  Harlan played in many locations including Montreux Switzerland and Tai-Pei Taiwan, and at events such as the Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Ice Capades, and Worlds of Fun.

Harlan graduated with a Master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University and taught instrumental music at schools in Bedford, IA, Weston, MO, Platte City, MO and Kansas City, KS and worked in several music retail stores.

Harlan belonged to the SCCA and enjoyed watching Nascar and road racing his Camaro.


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My heart breaks for all of Harlan’s family. Ronda, Micha, Kelly, and Travis and all his grandchildren. I had the pleasure to work alongside Harlan for years. We were the best of buds. Our love of music and race cars kept us together throughout the years. He will forever be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he rest in eternal peace.
June and Sherry

This was so sad of news. Even though it’d been some time since we were really close, Harlan and I worked together, going back and forth to St. Louis at least once a month. Those trips became a bit notorious (laughingly) but also, we became extremely close, sharing stories, and creating a brother-like relationship.

My deepest and most sincere condolences to Ronda and all in Harlan’s family and family of friends.

I had pleasure of knowing Harlan for almost twenty years. I used to hang out in the music store and talk to him as a teenager, and as an adult got to work alongside him for several years. He was a wonderful man, and one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. My friend Jimmy and I got to spend a lot of time with him last year helping get his Corvette Sting Ray back into running shape, and I am immensely grateful to have been able to hang out with him as much as we did. He was one in a million and I will miss him always.

Dan and I were both 1965 Manning High School (Iowa) classmates of Harlan’s, and we were so sad to hear of his passing. Harlan and I (Angela) were in band together and enjoyed several trips to local band contests, as well as the regular daily band rehearsals. Our 1965 class was a close one, and we are saddened to hear of this recent loss of a classmate. Our deepest sympathy to Harlan’s family and other friends from the MHS Class of ’65.

Special prayers to the family..Travis..Micha..and Kelly..and you know Kathy was my 1st cousin..and both were in same class as my hubby Bob at fondest memory is one nite in winter Harky and Kathy came to our door and asked if they could use one of our sleds..we lived on very steep st.that was blocked off so kids could sled down it…next thing we heard was yr folks squeeling and laughin all the way down the hill..

Sad to loose dad and not be able to see him. Glad to know he is resting peacefully. We were so blessed to have grown up in a wonderful, loving family.

Micha and Jim

My deepest sympathies to Harlan’s family. I met Harlan early in my career as a band director. He encouraged my interest in jazz in so many ways. Harlan, Wes and Charlie would play and be clinicians for the many jazz workshops I had for my students. Sometimes after those gigs or on our way to a horn rental display he’s say “ listen to this.” The most important about Harlan was he always took the time to speak to you no matter where he was or who he was around. What more can I say except thank you Harlan. You definitely made a difference in my life and in the lives of so many.

I remember Harlan playing trumpet in the Manning Band, and seeing Harlan’s name on the John Phillips Sousa plaque in the Manning High band room. Harlan won Sousa in 1965. I remember his nickname was Harky.

My brother Kent won the Sousa award in 1964. I had a goal to win Sousa when I was a senior in 1973, but it didn’t quite happen.

My point is that students like Harlan and my brother were role models for younger students.

I doubt Harlan would know me, but thank you Harlan, for giving me goals from seeing your success.

This was very sad news to hear. I was so thankful to get to know uncle Harlan growing up and have him in our lives. It was always a joy to go and visit aunt Ronda and Uncle Harlan and when they came to visit the family in STL. He was a great man and could always make us laugh. My condolences go out to aunt Ronda and Harlan’s children and grandchildren. Harlan will surely be missed but will always be in our hearts.

My sincere sympathy to you all in the loss of your father. I attended high school with your mom and dad in Manning, Iowa. Class of 1965! His nickname was Harky and I fondly remember his talent with the trumpet. I was a good friend of your mom, Kathy. We were part of a group of gals that ran around together. She was so fun, we laughed a lot. I was heartbroken to hear of her death, as I know you all were. And now she and your dad are together. Praise God we will all be reunited one day in the future. Asking God to give you peace. Cherish the memories.

Growing up in Manning, Harky (as he was known then) was an exceptional musical talent..I remember his trumpet playing so vividly..he was dating the “girl next door” (Kathy) and we often heard him play in their back yard!

My sincerest condolences go out to Ronda and Harlan’s entire family. It would be impossible to measure how much this man is going to be missed. When I moved to Kansas City back in the early 1990s Harlan was not only a coworker and boss, but a great friend. I wish I’d had more time to thank him for all the things that he did for me over the years, I miss you already, Harlan and know you are in a better place.

Harlan was my music rep for a number of years and I appreciate his help and friendship from that time period. He will definitely be missed by many of us.

My deep sympathy to the family of Harlan Moore. My husband, Jerry Huldeen, had the privilege of being his band director at Manning 1964 and ’65. Harlan was a gifted musician. It was fun to accompany his contest solos, for me. There were so many talented musicians at Manning. Sincerely Mabel

I would like to offer my condolences to Harlan’s family. We were high school classmates (1965). I remember bumming around with Harky on many occasions. His trumpet playing was legendary. Members on the band’s trumpet section often remarked that they didn’t need to actually play. Harky and I attended Northwest Missouri State together. A remark in his obituary about driving his Camaro reminded me of riding with him to Manning. We always got back to Manning faster when he was driving. He certainly had a marvelous carrier as a musician.


Friday, January 19, 2024
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063