Victor Murray, 79Victor Murray, 79, Cottage Grove, formerly of Randolph, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
Victor Murray, 79, Cottage Grove, formerly of Randolph, died Saturday, Jan. 14, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Nov. 3, 1932, son of Rueben and Anna Murray. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1951, where he was a three-sport letter winner. Many ranked him as one of the best athletes to come out of Randolph, and one teammate said, "Vic had that uncanny way of making something out of nothing."
After high school, he served in the United States Air Force for 4 years.
Victor married Evelyn Teske on Jan. 19, 1957. They first lived in Cannon Falls and then made their home in Cottage Grove in 1959. He worked as a jet mechanic in the Twin Cities and then acquired a Shell Gas Station in Cottage Grove. He worked on the railroad for 8 years and then took a job at North Star Steel in St. Paul. He retired in 1993. During Vic's retirement he enjoyed time with his family and friends, yard work and gardening, dancing with his bride to Polkas and Waltzes, working part-time as a Parts Runner for his buddy, Butch, at Broadway Automotive and as president of the Newport Cemetery.
He and his wife spent winters in Florida and then Arizona. He enjoyed golfing in Arizona, as well as, spending time with his sister, Marilyn, and brother, James. Vic's legacy was being an admirable role model for his family.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Evelyn; children Becki (John) Johnson and Bryan (Theresa) Murray; grandchildren, Johnny Brad (Cassie), Justin, Brent, Travis and Kayla; great-grandsons, Cody and Bradley; siblings Richard (LaRose), James (Judith), Rueben (Sheila), Marilyn (Marvin) Giefer, Dennis (Michelle) and Thomas Murray; nieces; nephews; relatives; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Bradley; and sister Janet Kuehn.
Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at All Saints Lutheran Church, 8100 Belden Blvd., Cottage Grove. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the church with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Interment was at the Newport Cemetery.
Arrangements were by White Funeral Home, Apple Valley, 952-432-2001.
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