William Murray, 90William G. Murray, 90, Bemidji, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Grand Arbor in Alexandria, surrounded by his family.
William G. Murray, 90, Bemidji, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Grand Arbor in Alexandria, surrounded by his family.
Bill was born August 16, 1922 in Bemidji, the son of John and Anna (Herrmann) Murray. The family moved to Fort Frances, Ontario in 1935 where he attended school and graduated from Fort Frances High School in 1940. Bill served with the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII where he was a flight officer with the 423rd Bombardment Squadron stationed in England. He was lead bombardier for the squadron in the European Theater with 29 missions over Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Bill married Eleanor Ginter on January 22, 1948 in International Falls. He worked for 39 years as the Koochiching County assistant engineer; retiring in 1987. They moved to Bemidji in 1994. He was a member of the St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Bemidji.
He loved square dancing, playing cards with friends and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor; daughter, Kathy (Brian) Berg of Cambridge; sons, Bob (Pam) of Bemidji and Jim (Elizabeth) of Alexandria; sister, Peggy Edens of Rainier; brothers-in-law, Gerald Ginter of International Falls and Leonard Vnuk of Little Falls; sister-in-law, Florence Beaulieu of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Jim (Andrea) Berg of Brooklyn Park, Matthew Murray of Bemidji, Michelle (Reis) Beeler of Cambridge, Rebecca (Tim Hambly) Murray of Germany, Patrick Murray of Minnetonka and William Murray of Fargo; and great-grandchildren, Kellan Berg, Cullen Beeler and another on the way.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Douglas County Hospice and Homecare.
Memorial services were held Saturday, November 17 at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Bemidji with Fr. Craig Vasek officiating. Interment was held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Bemidji, under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
Bill’s family would like to express their appreciation for the wonderful care both Bemidji and Alexandria hospice gave Dad.
Messages of condolence may be left at ceasefuneralhome.com.
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