RALPH WALDO MURDOCK Ralph Waldo Murdock, Jr. passed away on April 5, 2014 in Red Bluff, California at the age of 87. He was born March 13, 1927 in Phoenix, Arizona - parents were Ralph Waldo Murdock, Sr. and Kathryn Minnie (Bailey). He was a veteran of WW II enlisting in 1943 at the age of 16 in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to the destroyer U.S.S. Conway in the Pacific Theater. After discharge from the Navy, he returned home to Missouri and completed high school. While in Missouri he met the love of his life - Mary Anne Rucker and joined the U.S. Air Force. They were married April 17, 1949 in Trenton, Missouri. Ralph's working career spanned many occupations including radioman during the war, produce truck driver, retail clerk in the grocery business and stock clerk at General Electric in San Jose. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and genealogy research. Surviving children are Charlotte Nishida, Robert and Steve Murdock. Son John Edward Murdock preceded him in death. Survived by 5 grandchildren: Jason (wife Rebekah); Debra; Daniel (wife Jill), Heather (husband Daniel Schwarzenbach) and Andrew Nishida. Five great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Joshua, Jordan, Jaden and Ava Anne. Survived by brother Edward Lee (wife Ellen) Murdock. Services and burial will be held Tuesday, April 15th at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, California. Immediately following the service, family and friends are invited to a reception at Wilcox Oaks Golf Club in Red Bluff. Donations in his memory can be made to the Tehama County Animal Care Center, P.O. Box 38, Red Bluff, California 96080. Arrangements by Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers in Red Bluff.
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Published in Daily News on Apr. 12, 2014