Longtime Indy attorney dies

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Merrill Moores, who loved the law and mentoring young attorneys, died Jan. 5. Moores is the father of a Marion County juvenile judge and an Indianapolis attorney.

Moores, 83, served in the U.S. Army before pursing a double major at Indiana University. While attending law school, he lived in the school’s basement. He was admitted to the bar in 1953 and spent his legal career in many positions, including clerking for Indiana Supreme Court Justice James A. Emmert. He also served as a deputy prosecutor for Marion County Prosecutor Noble Pearcy. He left the prosecutor’s office to join Stewart Irwin Gilliom Fuller and Meyer, which is now Stewart & Irwin PC in Indianapolis.

Moores later started his own practice and served as a Republican legislator in the Indiana House of Representatives. In his later years of practicing law, he served as the director of the Continuing Legal Education Commission and as a trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. He also served on the Uniform Law Commission from 1986 until his death. He was a member of the Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar associations.

Moores had four children with his first wife, Marilyn “Perky” Rogers: Marion Superior Judge Marilyn Moores, Candace Moores Marendt, and twins Courtland “Corky” Moores and Merrill “Scooter” Moores, also an Indianapolis attorney. Marilyn died in 1965; he later married Martha Jo Burton Meyers and had two more children: Blair Alan Moores and Paula Kay Moores Harter. Moores had 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He loved his wife’s cooking, dark chocolate, “Judge Judy” – which he said was how he would get his continuing legal education, and mentoring younger attorneys. A calling will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in the parlor of the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. A memorial service will follow in the church’s sanctuary from 3 to 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation, a cause dear to Moores as both his wife and two of his daughters are survivors. Judge Moores, who is serving in Afghanistan as part of the Indiana National Guard, has returned briefly for her father’s funeral.


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  1. Especially I would like to see all the republican voting patriotic good ole boys to stop and understand that the wars they have been volunteering for all along (especially the past decade at least) have not been for God & Jesus etc no far from it unless you think George Washington's face on the US dollar is god (and we know many do). When I saw the movie about Chris Kyle, I thought wow how many Hoosiers are just like this guy, out there taking orders to do the nasty on the designated bad guys, sometimes bleeding and dying, sometimes just serving and coming home to defend a system that really just views them as reliable cannon fodder. Maybe if the Christians of the red states would stop volunteering for the imperial legions and begin collecting welfare instead of working their butts off, there would be a change in attitude from the haughty professorial overlords that tell us when democracy is allowed and when it isn't. To come home from guarding the borders of the sandbox just to hear if they want the government to protect this country's borders then they are racists and bigots. Well maybe the professorial overlords should gird their own loins for war and fight their own battles in the sandbox. We can see what kind of system this really is from lawsuits like this and we can understand who it really serves. NOT US.... I mean what are all you Hoosiers waving the flag for, the right of the president to start wars of aggression to benefit the Saudis, the right of gay marriage, the right for illegal immigrants to invade our country, and the right of the ACLU to sue over displays of Baby Jesus? The right of the 1 percenters to get richer, the right of zombie banks to use taxpayer money to stay out of bankruptcy? The right of Congress to start a pissing match that could end in WWIII in Ukraine? None of that crud benefits us. We should be like the Amish. You don't have to go far from this farcical lawsuit to find the wise ones, they're in the buggies in the streets not far away....

  2. Moreover, we all know that the well heeled ACLU has a litigation strategy of outspending their adversaries. And, with the help of the legal system well trained in secularism, on top of the genuinely and admittedly secular 1st amendment, they have the strategic high ground. Maybe Christians should begin like the Amish to withdraw their services from the state and the public and become themselves a "people who shall dwell alone" and foster their own kind and let the other individuals and money interests fight it out endlessly in court. I mean, if "the people" don't see how little the state serves their interests, putting Mammon first at nearly every turn, then maybe it is time they wake up and smell the coffee. Maybe all the displays of religiosity by American poohbahs on down the decades have been a mask of piety that concealed their own materialistic inclinations. I know a lot of patriotic Christians don't like that notion but I entertain it more and more all the time.

  3. If I were a judge (and I am not just a humble citizen) I would be inclined to make a finding that there was no real controversy and dismiss them. Do we allow a lawsuit every time someone's feelings are hurt now? It's preposterous. The 1st amendment has become a sword in the hands of those who actually want to suppress religious liberty according to their own backers' conception of how it will serve their own private interests. The state has a duty of impartiality to all citizens to spend its judicial resources wisely and flush these idiotic suits over Nativity Scenes down the toilet where they belong... however as Christians we should welcome them as they are the very sort of persecution that separates the sheep from the wolves.

  4. What about the single mothers trying to protect their children from mentally abusive grandparents who hide who they truly are behind mounds and years of medication and have mentally abused their own children to the point of one being in jail and the other was on drugs. What about trying to keep those children from being subjected to the same abuse they were as a child? I can understand in the instance about the parent losing their right and the grandparent having raised the child previously! But not all circumstances grant this being OKAY! some of us parents are trying to protect our children and yes it is our God given right to make those decisions for our children as adults!! This is not just black and white and I will fight every ounce of this to get denied

  5. Mr Smith the theory of Christian persecution in Indiana has been run by the Indiana Supreme Court and soundly rejected there is no such thing according to those who rule over us. it is a thought crime to think otherwise.