Murray E. Randleman|
Murray was born May 7th, 1928 in Weiser Idaho to Hix and Ruth Randleman He attended local schools and later attended University of Portland. After serving in the Navy as a Corpsman in the naval hospitals in both WWII and Korea, he went to the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.
While still in the Bay Area Murray was "set up" on a date and met his future bride, Gladys Marie Van Hook. They were married on March 6th, 1955. They lived briefly in Redwood City before moving to Half Moon Bay in 1959.
Murray worked for Mac Dutra, the owner of Dutra Funeral Home for a few years. In 1962 he bought the business changing the name to Dutra- Randleman Funeral Home. Murray and Gladys ran the business themselves for many years. Being a small town businessman, Murray was well known around town and made it a point to be involved in local activities.
Murray was active in coastside service clubs, being a charter member of the local Rotary club and member and officer of the Lions Club. He was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the founders of the Half Moon Bay Community Hospital and remained on the board there for many years. He even tried his hand in politics and was elected to the Half Moon Bay Fire Board.
They sold the business in 1982 and tried to take a break. Murray quickly missed working and they started helping other morticians they knew. They traveled to different businesses and managed them while the owners took a vacation. After many years of doing this Gladys had tired of the traveling and they decided to retire.....again. Well it wasn't long and Murray was at it again. He began working a few days at Grissom's Funeral Home in San Lorenzo, one of the places they used to give vacation breaks to. He has stayed friends with the owners over time, still helping and even visited there just a few weeks ago.
Eventually Murray and Gladys decided to move from the coastside, a decision that was not an easy one at all. They moved to a New England Village Mobile Home Park in Hayward in 1987 where they remained until their deaths.
Gladys died in 2010 only days before their 55 Anniversary. Murray kept busy attending Bingo games multiple times a week, continuing the tradition that Gladys loved so much. Murray ended up working the Bingo games many times, finding a way to get a free bingo card! Murray loved to eat, but other than the annual holiday dinners didn't want to cook. He was a regular at the local Denny's, Carrows, Coco's and one of his favorites Yanni's Grill. He was well known at the different restaurants and was greeted by name when he walked in. He always made sure to get a "to go" bag to bring home and share with his dog April. Most every Sunday Murray went to Holy Ghost Episcopal church in Castro Valley. He found great comfort in his religious beliefs and enjoyed the services there.
Murray took pleasure in gardening, gambling and traveling. More than anything Murray loved people, it was often said there are no strangers in Murray's life, only friends he hasn't met yet! He could travel half way around the world and still know someone when he got there.
Murray is survived by both his two children and their spouses: Murray (Randy) and Sue Randleman and Terri and Pete Quesinberry of Pleasanton. His five grandchildren, Parker, Brooke, Curtis, Cole and Caitlyn, also live in Pleasanton. His older brother James Randleman resides in Laughlin NV.
Visitation will be 4 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, June 19th, at Grissom's Chapel and Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Funeral services will begin at 11 am on Friday, June 20th. Murray will be laid to rest at Skylawn Memorial Park.
Grissom's Chapel and Mortuary
Published in Inside Bay Area on June 18, 2014