Richard Murray

Date of Birth

Oct 19,1949

Date of Death

Aug 14,2009

Richard "Skip" Murray, age 59, of Kaneville, formerly of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday night, August 14, 2009. BORN: He was born October 19, 1949 the son of Walter and Ellen (Freeman) Murray in Muskegon, MI.EARLY YEARS:Rich grew up in Muskegon and attended local schools. He graduated from Ottowa Hills High School in 1967. Following graduation he attended Ferris State University where he studied biology. Following his education, Rich began working in the building trades, eventually running his own business, Richard F. Murray Builders. MARRIAGE: He was united in marriage to Marsha Veldman on June 30, 1973. They lived in Grand Rapids and welcomed their son Michael on April 10, 1975. A little more than a year later they were blessed with their daughter Megan on June 29, 1976. RESIDENTIAL HISTORY: Rich moved to Illinois in 1997 and found love again when he married Nancy Myers McDade on July 15, 2000. Nancy and Rich began their new life together by making a home in Kaneville, IL. LIFE NOTES: Rich was one of a kind and had a unique personality to match. When it found it’s counterpart in others it bonded them together through thick and thin. Rich had a love for the outdoors that could be traced back to his time in the Boy Scouts. He could spend all day at the beach, spending most, if not all, of it in the water. When the sun set, Rich loved to set up camp for the night and sleep under the stars. As a man who made a living with his hands, Rich brought his talents home with him often making furniture for family and friends. When his hands weren’t busy building they were busy playing cards, especially bridge and cribbage- a pastime he handed down to his children. Rich was a kid at heart as well. He made many fun memories playing Frisbee with his children and taking them on long and "torturous" walks where they were "supposed" to be learning things. During the summers, Rich would never pass up a water fight, especially with the advent of "Super Soaker" squirt guns. When not playing outside, Rich found a home in the kitchen, often adding spices with abandon making adventurous meals. It was well known that when family and friends would eat these "unique" concoctions, they did so with the knowledge that Rich would become irritated if they didn’t "love" it as much as he did. Although he left this world without being able to say goodbye, his life made an indelible mark on friends and family that will stand the test of time. SURVIVORS: He now leaves his wife Nancy, Four children:Megan (Fred) Russell of Comstock Park, MI, and Michael Murray in Grand Rapids, MI;Stephanie (Ryan) Hooper of Toulon, IL and Bradley (Molly) McDade of Montgomery, IL;Eight grandchildren; One sister, Helen "Toot" Milanowski of East Grand Rapids, MI;PRECEDED:He now joins his parents and two brothers, Gib and Pat Murray, who preceded him in death. VISITATION / FUNERAL A memorial service will held at Needhams Woods on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 4 p.m. MEMORIAL In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the "Richard Murray Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

A memorial service will held at Needhams Woods on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 4 p.m.

Private family commital service will follow cremation

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