“Papa” Kevin Moore, 63, of Albert Lea, passed away on May 6th, 2023 at the New Richland Care Center surrounded by loved ones.
Kevin Richard Moore was born on March 11, 1960 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Richard Moore and Marlene VansCoy. He was raised in Marion, Iowa by his grandparents, Claire and Rosalee, as well as his Aunt Jan and Uncle Denny. He graduated from Portage, Indiana in 1978. After graduation, Kevin enlisted in the Army and spent 1.5 years in Korea. On December 22nd, 1982, Kevin married Lori Mallaro. They had two children together, Deric and December. Kevin was a multiple award-winning executive chef for over 40 years. He also had a life-long passion and great talent for art. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He dabbled in all forms of creating art, from sculpture and graphic arts, to painting and drawing, as well as creating art out of food at his day job. He would create elaborate gingerbread houses for Christmas every year, and passed on his knowledge to his children and grandchildren. He did several commissioned pieces for businesses, and even created the Pelican Breeze logo they still use today. His love for art and gourmet cooking encouraged him to visit France on three separate occasions. Kevin had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved puns, “Dad” jokes, memes, and even made his own hilarious videos and gifs to share. He was very knowledgeable in many areas, and also loved trivia, word games, and number puzzles. He was a lifelong Jeopardy fan, all the way up until the end. He also enjoyed playing games such as poker, both in person, and on his computer. He even made some very close friends in his online gaming community. Kevin was a big Minnesota sports fan, namely the Twins and the Vikings. He enjoyed taking his kids and grandkids to several Twins games over the years, including game 6 of the 1991 World Series with his son, Deric, They even ended up getting matching Twins baseball tattoos years later. Kevin was a lot of things to a lot of people. Affectionately known by many names, he was Chef Kev to all of his staff and restaurant friends over the years. He was Uncle Kubby to his nieces and nephews. Online he went by KebMo. And after becoming a grandpa 22 years ago, he was simply Papa Kevin.
Kevin is survived by his two children, Deric (Lacey Karsjens) Moore, and December (John) Lerum. Grandchildren Avery, Bella, Azelin, Daisy, Cohen, Scarlett, Ansen, and Asher. And his sisters, Kymm ( Darrell) Hove and Kelly (Curlin) Roberson.
The memorial service for family members will be held at Bayview Funeral Home on June 5th, from 10:00am-11:30. This will be followed by a celebration of life at Edgewater Cottage, open to the public, from noon-2pm.