OBITUARY

Richard D. Murray Sr.

November 2, 1930October 5, 2019
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Richard (Dick) Murray, originally from Shreveport, La, but retired to his adopted home town of Dallas, Texas, passed away comfortably at the age of 88 with his family near his side. He is survived by his wife, Janice Collins Murray, originally of Bossier City, La, of over 64 years; his daughter Patti O'Keefe with husband Kevin and sons Richard Dave Murray with Sandy and children Michelle and Danielle, as well as great grand daughter Samantha; Mark Murray with Sarah and children Kate, Brooke and Sidney. Viewing will be held at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home on Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Interment will take place at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211, at 10:00am on Friday, October 11, 2019. A Memorial Service will be at Park Cities Baptist Church on Friday, October 11, 2019, at 12:30pm with a reception to follow.

Born to Venetia and John Murray of Shreveport as the baby of 8 siblings, Dick graduated from Byrd HS in Shreveport in 1949 as a member of the Louisiana state HS championship football team.He went onto play tight end at Baylor and played in the Orange Bowl in 1954.He met Janice Collins, the love and literally, the support system for the rest of his life at Baylor.They started a family after he was commissioned as a Lt in the US Air Force in 1954.He moved through the Air Force ranks with a sterling career in finance.He had assignments in Germany, Texas, Madrid Spain, Vietnam, and in Washington DC as director of budget for the Air Force.His final assignment was in 1982 in Dallas as the Commander of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES).He retired in July 1985 after a distinguished 31 year career with the rank of Major General.He was admired and loved by over 34 thousand associates of the AAFES community as the General with the large heart, warm smile, and bigger than life personality.

After life in the Air Force, he continued his professional career as an advocate in Washington DC with duties as President of the American Logistics Association (ALA) and the National Association of Uniformed Servicemen (NAUS). His final professional victory was gaining approval through President Clinton for the military medical benefit know as TRICARE for life, a Medicare supplemental coverage for military retirees-promise kept and delivered. Dick and Jan Murray retired to Dallas in 2005 and spent much time with family, friends and their chosen church, Park Cities Baptist. They were active in their community during their twilight years residing more recently at the retirement home, The Tradition, on Lovers lane.

Dicky, Dad, Grand Pa and Papa was a very special son, husband, father, and friend for all those who had the pleasure of getting to know him. He was caring, loving and passionate in life. He would always take the time and go out of his way to assist someone who needed his help. We have been in the presence of a great man who provided a great service to his country, family and friends. He will be missed by many and we all will feel the loss going forward.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Alzheimer's Association, www.act.alz.org. Hang in there Lord, he is on his way!! Cheers and God bless you Dad

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Reception Friday, October 11, 2019

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Roy Speight

October 13, 2019

Dick was one of the most impressive people whom I met during my Commissary career. I became a better leader by observing how he treated everyone with dignity and respect. I will miss him greatly as a colleague and a friend.

James Graef

October 13, 2019

“IF” by Rudyard Kipling has always been my favorite poem, my favorite lines:
“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch.”
General Murray was the embodiment of that poem! He was equally respective and very effective in his continuous meetings with “Kings” as he was everyone he met, regardless of their position. Dick and Jan always treated everyone they met as important because they genuinely were important to them!😍😍

Dan Sauder

October 12, 2019

The remembrance of his visits came back to me with startling clarity learning of his passing. I always thought of him as a very kind and gentle man. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Bruce Miller

October 11, 2019

It is indeed a small world! We have lived at the Tradition with Dick and Jan for quite a while. It wasn't until I read his obituary that I found out he when to Byrd High. I attended and played ball there with Ron Wideman. Ron and I were both running backs, but he got hurt a lot so Coach Cox made him a defensive back. Our team won the city championship. I still have a little silver football they awarded us.

Mike Beverly

October 11, 2019

What a great leader who cared so much about service to our troops and all of our associates. Even after he retired as the Commander he would often inquire about employees as well as program improvement for the troops. May he RIP.

Bob Summerlin

October 10, 2019

He was unique! Many memories with him and all were positive! Rest In Peace !!

Anna Hoppe

October 10, 2019

I remember his retirement as a good time and a happy day although sad that he was leaving. He was indeed a true gentleman and best Commander of AAFES ever. God bless his family and prayers for comfort during this time.

Jack Bego

October 10, 2019

General Murray was a genuine officer and a gentleman, I always looked forward to his visits. The world has lost a fine and genuine person.

Charlie Luthi

October 10, 2019

One of the best aafes Commanders I worked for in my career. General Murray provided me with the trust and support so greatly needed as we were building and starting up the huge Gruenstadt Bakery in Germany. I'm glad to have known him!

Harold Rayborn

October 10, 2019

Rest In Peace BOSS, You were an Inspiration to all who knew You. Great Man, Great Leader and A Friend.

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