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MURRAY JOSEPH MENDENHALL, JR., 88, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Coventry Meadows where he had resided for three years. He was born Oct. 22, 1925 in Fort Wayne, a son of Murray and Alice Mendenhall. He graduated from Central High School in 1944 and was a member of the 1943 State Basketball Championship team. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March, 1944, and served for two years. While in the Navy, he played basketball at Rice University for a team that won the Southwest Conference championship. After discharge, he enrolled in Indiana University, was a member of Branch McCracken's basketball team, and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Prior to beginning his career in education and coaching, he played one year of professional basketball for the Anderson Packers in the National Basketball League. He taught mathematics and coached basketball at Beech Grove and Greensburg, Ind., and at Central, Snider, and South Side in Fort Wayne. He also taught, coached and served as Athletic Director at Indiana Technical College in Fort Wayne. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996. He enjoyed playing bridge, euchre and golf. He was a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Miriam; son, Murray III (Cindy) of Fort Wayne; daughter, Susan (Ken) Nickels of Iowa City, Iowa; son, Tom (Beth) of Indianapolis; and a brother, Keith (Mary Lou) of Harlan; also seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara Campbell, and her husband, John. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Mike Harris officiating. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Waynedale United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse on Homestead Road or Coventry Meadows. To view the online obituary go to

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 9, 2014
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