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PLAIN CITY - Richard E. Murray, 88, of Plain City, passed away Sunday morning, May 3, 2015 at Mount Carmel Medical Center West. Born Nov. 4, 1926 in Plain City. General Contractor for Murray Builders for 60 years. He enjoyed fishing on Lake Erie and bringing numerous walleye back to his famous fish fry's and playing cards with family and friends. He was on Plain City Council for 18 years working with the City, Police Department and Fire Department. Richard was an active member of the Plain City Lions Club for 42 years. He was nominated in 2005 to the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. World War II U.S. Army veteran 1945-1946. Preceded in death by parents, Paul and Viola (Maxwell) Murray; sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Harvey Price; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Doris Murray; son-in-law, Bruce Freiberger. Survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Anna (Barfield) Murray, whom he married March 8, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio at his Uncle's residence who was a minister; children, Cheryl (Gary) Hay of Marysville and Richard (Ariane) Murray of Ft. Myers, Fla.; grandchildren, Jason (Lisa) Freiberger of Flatwoods, Ky., Nathan Murray of Cleveland and Rachel (Wayne) Hunt of Mechanicsburg; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Tanner Freiberger, Justin, Kayle, Lucas, MacKenzie, Sadie, and Hattie Hunt; brothers, Francis (Virginia) Murray of West Jefferson and Paul (Beverly) Murray of West Jefferson; sisters, Connie (Charles) Harbage of West Jefferson. A graveside funeral service was held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Sunset Cemetery, Galloway. Pastor Don Hilkerbaumer officiated with the Union County Honor Guard conducting full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Plain City Lions Club, P.O. Box 409, Plain City, OH 43064.
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Published in The Plain City Advocate on May 23, 2015
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