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Tom Murray

Tom Murray, 48, of Fountain City, passed away on Friday, April 26 at Reid Hospital.
   Thomas A. Murray was born May 27, 1964 to Howard and Shirley A. Strong Murray. Tom was raised in the Webster United Methodist Church and was a 1982 graduate of Northeastern High School, where he enjoyed playing on the football team. Tom studied Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1987. He enjoyed a career in sales, most recently with Dayton Power & Light.
   Tom was a longtime Purdue fan. He loved reading, animals and spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and boating. He had been a member of the Richmond Conservation Club and attended the Fountain City Wesleyan Church.
   Tom was many things to many people but his proudest title was that of “Dad”. He loved spending time with his sons and looked forward to being able to continue to help them grow into young men. Tom always had a unique and positive outlook on any situation and his recent fight against cancer was no exception. His will to survive was an inspiration to everyone who was praying for his recovery.  
   Tom will be missed by his wife, Darla, who he married on November 18, 2012; mother, Shirley Murray, of Webster; sons, Rhett Murray and Zachary Murray, of Seminole, Florida; Darla’s children, Dylan Blunk, of Hagerstown; Emily Hart, of Centerville and Katie Blunk, of Richmond; brothers, Scott Murray, of Anderson and John Murray and his wife, Jessica, of Francesville; maternal grandmother, Lorene Strong, of Richmond; 4 grandchildren; aunt, Mary Jo Conway, of Richmond;5 nephews, 1 niece and 2 cousins.
   Tom was preceded in death by his father, Howard Murray, on December 27, 2001; and paternal grandmother, Nina Murray Swain.
   A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
   Family & friends may gather for visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, April 29, at the funeral home.
   Tom was hopeful that his friends would be supportive of a fund that is being established to benefit his boys’ education. Please consider making a contribution in honor of what Tom’s spirit meant to you.

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Very sad to hear of Tom's passing.  I am glad I got to spend some with him at our 20th and his 25th class reunion.  I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Marc Montoney Apr 30 2013 12:00 AM

Our family's most hearfelt condolences to Tom's family, friends, and fellow Northeastern Knights.

Robert Rhoads Apr 29 2013 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss John & Jessica.  Praying for you.  Much love from us all.

Diana, Teresa & A. Juanita Apr 29 2013 12:00 AM

Webster will never be the same!

Melissa Ramey-Samuels Apr 29 2013 12:00 AM

Shirley, Scott, John, Darla and Tom's extended family,
My sincere condolences go out to you on Tom's passing.  He was like the little brother I never had and while we grew apart over the years, I still look back over the fond memories we all had growing up in Webster.
God bless you all.

Rod Webb Apr 29 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Shirley, Scott, John, Darla, and family
you all have been in my thoughts and prayers all these months and now as well.  I have fond memories of good times and his smile and quick wit from when i first knew Tom and dated a friend of his and we all hung out, him coming to visit me at OH State and talk about Purdue- OSU some, nearly 25 years ago!  Then, 7 1/2 years ago, i became neighbor to Shirley and have enjoyed the friendship, and hearing about his boys and watching him play with them.  He was wonderful to my daughter when she came over to play too.  I'm sad of the struggles he had to go through and wish peace for you all in knowing he is restored and well, rejoicing with our Savior, and we will see him again one day.
Zach and Rhett:
Serena and I are thinking of you boys and the good times in watching you and your dad play at your grandma Shirley's.  Your dad was a wonderful man, and loved you both greatly.  He talked of how proud he was.  We have missed those times of seeing you both out there with him.  I know you have many good memories to cherish.  
Love and prayers,
Brenda and Serena Brown

Brenda Brown Apr 29 2013 12:00 AM

Darla,Emily and family-so sorry to lose such a good man-my prayers are with you and your faily at this hard time-May you feel Gods peace.

Julie Thomas Apr 29 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Emily and family,

My thoughts and prayers will be with your entire family during this difficult time. I pray that you will find strength and comfort from the support of friends.

Teri Barley

Teri Barley Apr 29 2013 12:00 AM

Thoughts & prayers for the family!! Tom will truly be missed by many! All Tom's friends had a lot of good times together, now Tom will rejoice in Heaven with all our family & friends!! Miss you Tom!!

Darrell & Pam Whalen Apr 29 2013 12:00 AM

To Darla and Family,  I was very sorry to hear of Tom's passing.  My sympathy goes out to you and your family.

Lisa Railsback Phelps Apr 29 2013 12:00 AM

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