James R Murray died May 20th, 2020 at the Woodlands in the Meth-Wick Community.
A private family funeral service will be held at Cedar Memorial West Side Chapel at 10 am on Saturday, May 23rd, with Father Mark Murphy of St. Jude Catholic Church presiding. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
James was born December 16, 1933, to William Murray, Jr and Colleta Fiedler Murray of Hopkinton, Iowa. He graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1951, after which he enlisted in the US Air Force. He served as an air traffic controller during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in May 1956. After his discharge, he went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration until he retired in 1988, as Operations Manager for the Great Lake Region. James was a member of St Jude Church, Knights of Columbus, and a life-long member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he was the original Commander of the Johnsburg, Illinois Post. He loved to fish, hunt, and play board games with his six grandchildren. He was an avid Notre Dame and Chicago Cubs fan.
Surviving is his Wife of 62 years, Joan; sons James Jr. (Ann), Patrick (Jennifer), daughter Anne Stamper (Rick); sisters Virginia Kitto and Beverly Collmann; and grandchildren Kate, Joe, Corrin, Kelsey, Grant, and Mathias.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Robert, William III, and John.
Memorials can be sent to St. Jude Parish.