Francis Murray – Manchester

Francis Murray, 81, of Manchester, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on May 3, 1933, in Manchester, the son of Harry and Dora (Rippon) Murray. Francis attended school in Manchester.

Francis’s first job was as a lumber chaser, along with shoveling coal at a Manchester lumber company. He later worked at the roller rink and bowling alley. On August 19, 1952, Francis married Minnie Maybell Cornwall in Maquoketa. After moving to Dubuque, he worked at Dubuque Gas and Steel for 10 years, AY McDonalds Company, and Xavier Hospital. Francis and Maybell returned to Manchester in 1972, where the family started the Murray Lawn Service.

Francis is survived by his twelve children, Sandra Murray, Marilyn (Charles) Jones, Betty (Larry) Hicks, Frank Murray, and Patrick (Tanya) Murray all of Manchester, David (Vicki) Murray of Dubuque, Shirley (Richard) Kenny and William (Joann) Murray of Ryan, Joyce (Greg) Trey of Strawberry Point, Robert (Kim) Murray of Masonville, Brenda (Allen) Carper of Dyersville, and Michael (Kelly) Murray of Marion; 45 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Darlene Rethmeier of Manchester.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maybell, in 2003; his parents; two great-grandchildren in infancy, Kiera Tucker and Eathon Rogers; and five siblings, Opal Frances, Vivian Cornwell, Eugene Parker, Ronald Parker, and William Murray.

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Funeral Service: 12:00 noon on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa. Officiating: Dean Corbin

Visitation: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa and one hour before the service on Monday.

Interment: Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa

Casket Bearers: Zach Polkinghorn Robbie Murray Ben Bockenstedt Brent Downs Braxton Baker Allen Carper II Sam Trey Steven Murray Samantha Murray Dylan Murray Cody Murray Spencer Murray Joshua Jones