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Guy R. Murray

Guy R. Murray, 90, of Excelsior Springs,  died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at the St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Murray was born December 11, 1923 in rural Ray County,  to Rupert Harvey and Edythe Mae (Patton) Murray.  They preceded him in death.   He married Beverly Ann Werle of Ray County Jan. 23, 1947; and last month celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.  She survives, of the home.

Guy was trained as a machinist in the Navy and retired as a Tool and Die Maker for Ethyl Molded Products after 25 years, retiring in 1989.   He was very mechanically inclined and could tell you how anything worked.  He knew something about everything, and everything about some things.   He lived most of his life in the Ray County vicinity.   He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict.   He was a 1st Class Petty Officer and served on: USS New Jersey, USS North Carolina, USS Albemarle, USS Saratoga and USS Noble.  He participated in Operations Crossroads and witnessed the Atomic Bomb Test at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.   He was an active member of the Richmond VFW Post 4398.   He was active in the Boy Scouts of America as Asst. Scout Master, Asst. Dist. Commissioner and earned the Wood Badge Award and was a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.     He was a Deacon in the Pisgah, Rock Falls and Dockery Baptist Churches.   He was a member of the Excelsior Springs Baptist Church.    He loved the outdoors and in his earlier years loved to hunt and camp.   After retirement, Guy occupied his time with Belgian Draft Horses and helped form the Crooked River Pulling Horse and Mule Association.   He loved his dog “Killer”.      He traveled all 50 states and around the world.   He was a member of the Red Cross Disaster Team and Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief.

Other survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Holly Murray of Olathe, Kan.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Janice and Bill Robinson of Elkhorn, Kay Meyer of Greeley, Colo. and Denice and Roger Thomas of Orrick; one brother, Lee Murray of Wheatridge, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond VFW Post 4398 or the Heartland Honor Flight.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Excelsior Springs Baptist Church, Excelsior Springs.   Visitation was Friday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond.  Burial will be at Union Cemetery, northwest of Orrick,  where military graveside services will be conducted by the Ray County Veterans.      Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond, is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be left to the family on our website at www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.

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