Emmett "Shel" Moore

September 23, 1940April 24, 2021
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Emmett Shelton Moore was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 23, 1940, the sixth child of the late Smith and Gertrude Moore.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Harvey and George and by his sisters, Doris Adams, Laverne Bins, Carole Clark, Sandra Burgess and Shirley Jackson.

Shel, as he liked to be called, was born with a great curiosity about things, a spirit for adventure and was a natural leader and entrepreneur.

As a child in the early 1950’s, the family lived with uncle Arthur Moore in his basement in Princeton Park a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago.

Emmett, as he was known then, became the leader of the neighborhood children. He led expeditions into the surrounding woods and had the neighborhood children working for him in the various business schemes he would come up with. This would typify him for the rest of his life, one business venture or another.

The family eventually moved to the west side, near Douglas Park, where he attended and graduated from Harrison high school.

Emmett wanted to get out of Chicago at an early age and at around 17 years of age joined the U.S. Air Force, where he was sent to Texas for training and became a cook. He was eventually stationed in Michigan where he finished his service and was honorably discharged.

Emmett loved flying and would even trade deluxe meals for flight lessons during his time in the Air Force. In his 20’s he learned how to fly and was licensed to fly single engine planes. Around 1965-1966, he joined the U.S. Army warrant officer program, where he was officially trained as a helicopter pilot and served as a combat pilot in Vietnam.

He lived in several places throughout his life—New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Ohio and other places—and eventually moved back to Chicago where he met and married Deborah (Debbie) Burton August 2, 1997.

After getting married, to be closer to his son Emanuel (Manny), the family moved to Mill Valley, CA with their daughter Robyn. Later, they lived in Richmond, CA where their second daughter Raven was born. Emmett always wanted the best education for his children. School district was #1 priority. To achieve this, the family moved to Vallejo, CA, and Fairfield, CA where their children excelled scholastically. He loved his dogs Snow, Tuxedo and Nacho!

In 2016 the family moved to Indiana to be closer to the family and this is where Shel passed away on April 24, 2021.

He was proud to say that the happiest days of his life were the years he spent with Debbie and his children, whom he loved greatly.

His loss is felt by his wife Debbie, his daughters Robyn and Raven, his son Emanuel and grandson Isaiah.

He is survived by brothers, Ronald Moore(wife-Carolyn), Kevin Moore(wife-Patricia), his sisters Joyce Lynnette Langford and Gylda Tobler (husband -Michael) along with scores of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was a one of a kind and will be surely missed!

A visitation for Shel will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 8178 Cline Avenue Crown Point, IN 46307. Followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm.

Please share fond memories and expressions of sympathy with the Moore family on our website at

Due to the current conditions of Covid-19, masks are required for attendance at the funeral home.


  • Gertrude Moore, Mother (deceased)
  • Smith Moore, Father (deceased)
  • Deborah Moore, Wife
  • Robyn Cass, Daughter
  • Raven Moore, Daughter
  • Emanuel Davis, Son
  • Doris Adams, Sister (deceased)
  • George Moore, Brother (deceased)
  • Shirley Jackson, Sister (deceased)
  • Laverne Johnson, Sister (deceased)
  • Sandra Robinson, Sister (deceased)
  • Carole Clark, Sister (deceased)
  • Ronald (Carolyn) Moore, Brother
  • Joyce Lynnette Langford, Sister
  • Kevin (Patricia) Moore, Brother
  • Gylda (Michael) Tobler, Sister
  • Isaiah Moore, Grandson



  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


  • Military Honors

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


  • Order of Service


Emmett "Shel" Moore

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Gylda Tobler

May 11, 2021

Emmett was so proud to introduce his siblings to baby Raven

Gylda Tobler

May 11, 2021

The Moore Brothers

Gylda Tobler

May 11, 2021

Little Emmett Shelton Moore - 15 months old

Isaiah Moore

May 1, 2021


Sabrina Frieson

May 1, 2021

This year Robert and I will celebrate 30 years of marriage and I can’t think about our wedding without remembering Emmett’s great contribution on that day.
For starters, the morning of my wedding, I went over Pat & Kevin’s house so Pat could style my hair(she insisted I go to a beautician the day before that didn’t go so well). Pat was trying different ways to style the front of my hair and in walks Emmett! He told her to give him the comb because he knew how to style hair too. As it turns out that was one of his many gifts.
Then later, we had an issue with the Rolls Royce I rented for the day. The driver left the car running while he waited during the Church ceremony. Well, the car stalled and we were a little late getting to the reception. After Emmett and Kevin spoke with the driver the cost was more like 1/2 price.😍
As I looked at my album this morning and found this beautiful picture of the Moore family which I made myself a part of when Pat & Kevin were dating (yes even before they married); I remembered that Emmett also caught the garter. Judging by the picture, he was really trying to catch it!
Also, being true to his “master chef” side, our wedding gift from him was a Food Processor as he knew I needed all the help I could get.
Family I pray that as you read this tribute it will bring a smile to your face as it did mine.
I am praying a special prayer of comfort, strength and peace to Emmett’s wife and children. May you trust and lean on God now and forever and find solace knowing how much Emmett touched people’s lives.
Emmett, my brother, rest well with the Lord. Thank you for the wonderful memories in sharing your stories and your talents in our lives.
Sabrina C. Frieson

Debbie Moore

May 1, 2021


Debbie Moore

April 30, 2021

25 years ago I was walking my dog in the park next door to my apartment building. I saw a man walking his dog too. We spoke to each other, but continued walking in separate directions. A few days later I saw him again, this time he introduced himself as Shelton. We became friends after this , and talked every day. A year later I met his family. Everyone was calling him Emmett. I said to Shelton, is Emmett your legal first name? He said yes. I said then why did you introduce yourself to me as Shelton? He said, because I thought you would think Emmett sounds corny. Shelton is my middle name. I was like, no I would have just took it as your name . He said ok, then you can start calling me Emmett if you want. I never did, because by then he looked more like a Shelton LOL.

Karen Buford

April 30, 2021

I recall times when I would call Debbie and she was not immediately available, Shel would answer the cellphone and we would just start chatting away. Its those times, I will never forget. Shelton ALWAYS had positive energy in those conversations. I would often thank God for putting Shelton in Debbie’s life. I always knew she was cared and provided for. He would make jokes, talk about new things more than “the rain” and always made my mother, son and I comfortable 24/7. He remain unchanged with us. A real man Shelton was. Raising three children, celebrating life and honoring his wife and spending time with nieces, nephews and siblings. A good life you displayed. Shelton showed me how to stand in the midst of my health crisis to remain a FIGHTER. Shelton was that until the end. You will forever be in my familys heart. You provided a clear consistent picture of what TRUE LOVE in a marriage looked like, the Head of household, Father, Husband, Uncle and friend. Im glad to have had these four years of knowing more about a honest and great man. Shelton you will be greatly missed.

Gylda Tobler

April 29, 2021

Emmett was such a great big brother. He was an adventurer, traveler and a great cook. In my eyes, he could do just about anything he set his mind on.

Thanks to him, I took my first plane trip EVER and my first trip to California. Emmett took care of everything—he paid for the trip and took such good care of me while I was there. I experienced so many firsts on that trip all because of him. He took me to Disneyland, Mexico and, of course, he cooked for me.

I’ll never forget that trip and I’ll never forget him! He will be greatly missed.

Love always big brother,
Your baby sis, Gyl

Emma Glenn

April 27, 2021

Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories. Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. - Emma Glenn