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Richard D. Muir

age 92, died Wednesday, July 30th. Mr. Muir, a prominent Indianapolis businessman with a career in finance and banking that spanned nearly fifty years, was also a local community leader in fraternal, civic, and his industry organizations.

He had been a leader in his church, Faith Lutheran Church, for over 50 years on the west side of Indianapolis, where he served as the President of the Congregation and the Congregation Council. He was Founder and President of the Neighbor Finance Corporation, and served as Vice President of American Fletcher National Bank. He was best known in the banking community for serving as President of Arsenal Savings and Loan Association and then as President of Union Federal Savings Bank following the merger, retiring after 20 years of combined service there.

Richard had been a member of the Indianapolis Kiwanis Club, Junto, Columbia Club and Highland Golf and Country Club. He served as Director of the Indiana Real Estate Board and the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America.

He had served as an officer of Indiana Savings and Loan League and as President of the Insured Savings and Loan Association of Marion County. A Mason for over 67 years, he served as Master of Mystic Tie Masonic Lodge in Indianapolis and as a Trustee of that Lodge. He had also served as Master of Bartimaeus Lodge, U.D.

He also was chosen as the Chief Elected leader of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite as Chairman of their Executive Committee in 1972. His service there continued as a Trustee and Treasurer of that Organization. He had served as Chairman of the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation for many years. He was honored as 33rd Degree Mason in 1974. He was a member of Murat Shriners.

He graduated from Decatur Central High School, and attended Butler University before graduating from Indiana University in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II earning 6 Bronze Stars.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Helen Muir in 2010. He was the father of four children, James R. Muir (Karen Muir), Parker, Colorado; Donald W. Muir (Gail Muir) , Houston, Texas; Ruth L. McManus (Rob McManus), Seymour, Tennessee and Janet M. Lowe (Garry Lowe) of Indianapolis. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday, August 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Crown Hill Gothic Chapel. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Gothic Chapel in Crown Hill Cemetery. Service will be conducted by Pastor Emily Wiles and Deaconess Jody Winter.

Friends are invited after services and burial at Crown Hill Cemetery to Highland Country Club for a Memorial Reception honoring Richard D. Muir.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service where a guest book may be signed at

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 1, 2014
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