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Ernest Murray Obituary
Vernon- Ernest Glen, "Jim" Murray, 91, of Railroad Station Road died Thursday night, October 27, 2016 in the comfort of his home following a period of declining health.

Mr. Murray was born in North Adams, Mass on August 9, 1925 the son of Glen Ernest and Adie (Sumner) Murray. At an early age he moved to South Vernon with his family where he attended school. He was a graduate of Northfield (Mass) High School, Class of 1943.

Against his father's wishes, at the age of seventeen he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 310'Th infantry, 78'Th division stationed in Germany. He was taken prisoner by the Germans on December 16, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge and was held captive in several POW camps until being liberated by American forces on April 17, 1945. He was proudly awarded the Bronze Star.

Upon returning home he continued his education by attending Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center where he earned his degree in Agriculture in 1950.

He had been employed for many years as a custodian at the Northfield School for Girls where he retired from in the mid-1980's. Previously he worked at several farms in the Vernon area that included the Cortland Dunklee Farm.

A man of faith, he had attended Northfield Baptist Church and Vernon Union Church.

Mr. Murray was a member of the Vernon Historians, a life member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, Vermont Chapter No 1, and held membership in the Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

He enjoyed riding and collecting antique bicycles, black powder guns and time shared with his family.

He was a quiet unassuming man who was known for his spirit of friendship and being a hard worker, very devoted to his family.

On February 16, 1946 in Charlestown, N.H. he was married to Evelyn Reed who survives.

Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 70 years he leaves, three sons, Ernest J. Murray of and Paul Murray both of Guilford and Eugene Murray of Northfield, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Gertrude McIver and Emma Belle Murray.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at Vernon Union Church with Pastor Bruce Burks, officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in South Cemetery in Vernon.

Friends may call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 P.M.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Murrays name may be made to the American Ex-Prisoners of War, Vermont Chapter No. 1, in care of Richard Hamilton, 63 Hughes Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or to the Windham County Humane Society, PO Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence to the family please visit www.atamaniuk.com

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 1, 2016
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