KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Rocco Moore, offensive tackle from 1973-76 and member of the WMU Football All-Century Team, passed away tragically on Dec. 21. He leaves behind a wife and five young children.  Services will be held Dec. 28 in Charlotte, Mich.

Moore, age 52, passed away Dec. 21, 2007, from an apparent heart attack. He was born March 31, 1955, in Charlotte, Mich., the son of Donald and Charlene (Laverty) Moore. Moore was an outstanding basketball and football player at Charlotte High School, and went on to play offensive tackle for Western Michigan University, where he was named First Team All-Mid-American Conference in 1976.

In 2005, Moore was honored by being named to the Western Michigan University All-Century team. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1977 and in 1980 he wore  No. 71 for the Chicago Bears. After returning to Charlotte, Moore became a mortgage broker, owning Big Roc Funding and Rocco Moore Mortgage Specialists. Rocco leaves behind his loving wife, Lisa; sons, Colton and Sam, and daughters Savhanna and Cheyenne; his adoring parents, Don and Charlene Moore; his sisters, Connie Burgess, and Candy (Ron) Karr; and many nieces and nephews.

The Moore family will receive visitors Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the Pray Funeral Home, and 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. Friends and relatives are invited to an Affirmation Service at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, to celebrate the gift of Rocco's life.

A memorial trust fund has been set up at National City Bank for the benefit of Moore's children. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

The address for the Charlotte Performing Arts Center is:

378 State Street
Charlotte, MI 48813
(547) 541-5690