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Sherwin Ray "Tiny" Murry


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Sherwin Ray "Tiny" Murry Obituary

Born in Woodland on December 5th, 1930, to Charles Raymond and Margaret Sherwin Murry, Sherwin Ray Murry grew up in Yuba City. He attended local schools and graduated from Yuba City High School in 1948. After graduation, he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he studied business, joined Delta Upsilon, and met his future wife, Margaret Henze.

He joined the Navy in 1951, and as lieutenant junior grade and aviator, he flew reconnaissance missions over the South China Sea during the Korean War and was later stationed at Whidbey Island, Washington. During one of his last missions, ferrying a plane from the Alameda Naval Air Station to Whidbey Island, he took the opportunity to fly under both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge on a lark.

Tiny, his wife, Margaret, and two young daughters moved back to Yuba City from Oak Harbor in 1955, and joined the family prune and almond farming business. Two sons followed to make a family of six who enjoyed snow skiing, summering at Lake Tahoe and holidays with their extended families. He continued to fly after his military service including a solo flight to Circle, Alaska, on a gold mining expedition in 1976. After he stopped farming, he sold real estate for several years before he retired. Playing dominos, golfing, hunting and flying were favorite pastimes. He also loved teaching his under-aged grandchildren to drive in empty parking lots and the Feather River bottoms.

In 2011, Tiny moved from Yuba City to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, where he lived until his death on December 9, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Margaret of 53 years, and his son, Thomas. He is survived by his sister, Sarah Pettis of Providence, Utah, his daughters; Janet Murry of Redondo Beach and Mary Drummond-Hay of Seattle, his son, David Murry of Yuba City, four grandchildren; Fay Hove (Jason), Annie Drummond-Hay, Charles Drummond-Hay, and Joseph Murry, two great-granddaughters; Meltemi and Nikki Hove, and many nieces and nephews.

Tiny was a longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church. A memorial service will be held there at 800 D Street, Marysville, California, on Saturday, January 27th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow immediately at The Brick, 316 D Street, Marysville. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Yuba-Sutter Legal Center for Seniors, 725 D Street, Marysville, California, 95901, or to .
Published in Appeal Democrat from Dec. 22 to Dec. 24, 2017
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