Louie Murray - November 24, 2013
Louie Bert Murray was born May 23, 1934, in North Platte, Neb., the third child of Edward and Lucy Murray. He died Nov. 24, 2013.
At 1 week of age, Louie and his family moved to the family ranch in southern Cherry County, Neb. Louie began school at the Mullen Grade School in 1939. In 1945, the family moved to Broken Bow, Neb., and that was where Louie graduated from high school in 1948. This was followed by a two-year college course at South Dakota State in Springfield, S.D.
After college, Louie worked at the family enterprise, “Court Perfect,” in Broken Bow in between jobs at local ranches, until his friends and neighbors requested his presence in the U.S. Army. He then served a two-year assignment in Alaska.
In 1954, Louie was married to Marilyn Haumont. Three children were born of this union: Terri Jones of Cortez, Mikki Pulse of “anywhere USA” and Jerry Murray of Wray. From their children, there are four grandchildren: Ty Jones, Jenna Pulse, and Jessica and Bailey Murray.
After the marriage of Louie and Marilyn ended, Louie met his partner, Helen North, and after a few years they were married in Masonville in 1989. To this marriage, Helen brought three children: Gary North, Mylie Cottingham and Brian North. During their years of marriage, they enjoyed Helen’s grandchildren as well: Morgan Blom, Oceanna North, Ryan, Lane and Levi Cottingham, and Matthew and Jerek Trathen.
Ever the consummate salesman, Louie sold appliances at the Gambles store in Broken Bow and sold beer, pizzas and Italian food at Giusseppe’s in Fort Collins.
Following his separation from Marilyn, he moved to Wray, where he operated Tri-State Safety, selling fire safety equipment to local families. Later, he and Helen relocated to Holyoke after Helen had been appointed postmaster.
In Holyoke, Louie served a term on the city council, enjoyed helping the Korte family, Stan Willmon and Naomi Newman with their farms, and helping John Jaeger and Jan Stoddard with planting windbreaks for pheasant habitat restoration.
Besides spending his time being a good neighbor to all, he also greatly enjoyed the outdoors, spending much time fishing with friends Dan Miller and Gene Harmon.
The memorial service was held Nov. 30 at Baucke Funeral Chapel in Holyoke with Pastor Merle Powell officiating. A graveside service was held Dec. 2 at Broken Bow Cemetery.
Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.