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Melvin Murray - February 23, 2009


Melvin Eugene Murray, 82, of Holyoke, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 in Holyoke.
Melvin was born March 7, 1926 in Julesburg to Clifford and Carolyn (Burns) Murray, one of 10 children. He attended school in Kimball, Neb. and graduated from Venango, Neb. High School. Melvin served in the United States Army from Nov. 17, 1944 to July 24, 1946.
Melvin worked as a carpenter in Denver and on May 2, 1963, he married Ida Mae Watkins in Denver. Melvin and Ida moved to Amherst in 1966, where he farmed until 2001. They moved to Holyoke where Melvin retired and enjoyed his dog Freckles.
Melvin is preceded in death by his brothers, Dean Murray, Elmer Murray, Dan Murray and Wayne Murray; and his parents Carolyn and Clifford Murray.
He is survived by his loving wife Ida; her four children Sherry, Jerry, Betty and Thomas; his daughter Marcia; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Feb. 27 at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke, with Pastor Lou Encinias officiating. Interment followed in Holyoke Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Melvin Murray Memorial Fund, 747 E. Emerson, Holyoke, CO 80734.Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.