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 Bachelorâs 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 âDadâ. 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; Darlaâs 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 Tomâs 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 boysâ education. Please consider making a contribution in honor of what Tomâs spirit meant to you.