Richard Lee Murray, 78, of Galveston, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 3:32 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at the St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. He was born May 13, 1939, in Michigantown, to John R. and Evelyn (Marley) Murray. He married Christine Berkey on June 12, 1960, in Flora, Indiana, and she survives.
Richard started his career in funeral service at the age of 14 working for Carter Funeral Home in Flora. After graduating from Flora High School in 1957, he attended the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, graduating in 1958. He worked for Eikenberry Funeral Home in Peru from 1959 to 1969. In 1969, he was given the opportunity to purchase the Thomas-Goodier Funeral Home in downtown Galveston that became the Murray Funeral Home, and at that time also ran the ambulance service for the Galveston area. He also served as Deputy Coroner in Cass County for several Coroner administrations. In 1974, he expanded and built the current location of the funeral home in Galveston to better serve the community. He also opened a furniture store in Galveston in 1976. He purchased the Peacock Funeral Home in Kokomo in 1978 and then later purchased the Hartzler Funeral Home, formerly Wolf Funeral Home in Walton in 1985. Dick enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and traveling.
Serving families in need at the time of loss was very important to Dick. His genuine caring went beyond arranging the funerals of family and friends of his community. He cared most deeply about the spiritual lives of all he met, wanting them to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior. His testimony to his family and all who knew him will never be forgotten. One of his favorite scriptures is Psalm 18:2 "The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety."
Surviving family include his wife, Christine Murray, Galveston; his children, Rebecca K. (Greg) Paugh, Danville, Mark R. (Jill) Murray, Walton, Miriam L. (Chris) Weaver, Galveston, and Andrew L. (Tara) Murray, Kokomo; his grandchildren, Kristiana (Mark) Miller, Kimberly Paugh, Katelyn Paugh, Joshua Murray, Matthew (Nina) Murray, Tabitha (Jacob) Byers, Cami Weaver, Austin Murray and Clayton Murray; his great-grandchildren, Myles and Liam Miller, Noah Allison, and Paul, Levi and Asa Murray. He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Janet (Bill) Fouts, Minnesota; Dr. Merlin (June) Berkey, Florida; and Nancy Berkey, West Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Jerry Berkey.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston with Pastors Andrew Green and Jerry Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 600 South Dixon Road, Kokomo, IN 46901 and Child Evangelism Fellowship Inc. P.O. Box 348, Warrenton, MO 63383. Please share a memory or story about Dick at www.murrayweaverfuneralhome.com
Published on November 11, 2017