Gering Memorial Chapel

1755 11th St., Gering, NE


Valentino "Val" R Murillo

November 3, 1925June 21, 2020

Loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Valentino (Val) R. Murillo, died peacefully at his home Sunday afternoon, June 21, 2020 at the age of 94 surrounded by family. Born on November 3, 1925 in Castle Rock, Colorado, Valentino was the son of Bessie (Geronimo) Perez and Agapito Murillo.

On November 25, 1954 he married the love of his life Mary Lou Gomez. Together they raised twenty children, thirteen daughters and seven sons. Through his lifetime he worked at Cooks later known as Swift & Company, Gering Public Schools, and Christ the King as custodian and groundskeeper. Retirement didn’t stop his work ethic and led him to work part time delivering golf carts for Masek.

Valentino led his life through his abundant faith. He was a true servant of our Lord, showing his kindness and compassionate spirit to those in need, working hard and being an inspiration to others. He was an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church in all aspects. In 1955, he joined the Knights of Columbus in Gering and Scottsbluff where he served as Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator as well as an honorary lifetime member. He was passionate about baseball and football and shared his love of the game through coaching little league baseball and cheering on his favorite teams, the Huskers, Broncos, and Yankees.

Valentino is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mary Lou Murillo, and their nineteen children: Anna Marie of Castle Rock, CO; Lynyrd of Arvada, CO; Ernest of Lincoln, NE; Noberta of Gering, NE; Thomas (Flora) of Omaha, NE; Imogene of Kearney, NE; Neil (Christine Reed) of Westminster, CO; Odilia of Scottsbluff, NE; Lucinda (JR Savala) of Lincoln, NE; Melissa (Francis) Barnett of Aberdeen, SD; Michele (Rodney) Titus of Aberdeen, SD; Victoria Hahn of Stuttgart, Germany; Benicia of Denver, CO; Cedric (Amy Hauschild) of Arvada, CO; Dominic (Nicole) of Scottsbluff, NE; Carlita (Thad) Nelson of Lincoln, NE; Venita (Jose) Botti of Lincoln, NE; Vernalisa Fowler of Lincoln, NE; and D’Angelo (Staci) of Gering, NE.

Also mourning his loss are his forty-two grandchildren: Nikolos (Jen) Hutton, Lauren (Tyler) Tracey, Matthew Hutton; Esteban Murillo; Julian Murillo; Amanda (Marcus) Cuellar, Rebekah, Thomas (Danica), Magdalena Murillo; Britny Crittenden; Christopher Murillo, Clarissa (Zach) Riser, Merrilu (Chris Hernandez) Murillo; Angelica, Anthony, Aiden Murillo; Julia, Joshua, Noah Barnett; Mikayla, Cassandra, Spencer, Megan, Jordan Titus; Alexander, Leila Beganovic; Justin (Jillian), Antonio, Dominique, Mia Murillo; Carlie, Isabella Nelson; Marcus Botti, Mercedes, Adrianna, Valentina, Daniel Fowler; Courtney, Nathaniel, Isaiah, and Christian Murillo.

He will also be remembered by his twenty-five great-grandchildren: Annalisa and Laura Hutton; Adrian, Lilliana, Sophia, and Lucas Cuellar; Liam Murillo; Gabriel Murillo; Tayden Marquez and Thomas Murillo; Maricela and Angelo Crittenden; Caleb and Zoe Riser; Aubrianna, Natalie, Kaylee, Savanah, Jordan Long and John Hernandez; Elliot Murillo; Ricardo Rodriguez; Vincent Botti; Koran and Johan Fowler.

He is cherished by his brothers and sisters Jennie Vostades, Leo Perez, Pauline Aguilar, Raymond Perez, Dean Perez, honorary grandchildren Amelia and Nicholas Reed; Tammy and Tina Griggs, as well as his numerous nieces and nephews.

Valentino is preceded into death by his father Agapito, stepfather Geronimo, his mother Bessie, three brothers, six sisters, his daughter Valarie Ann, granddaughter Alexandra Murillo, and three great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church on Sunday, June 28, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. A vigil service and scripture Rosary in Valentino’s honor will be said at 5:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning at 10:30 am at Christ the King, immediately followed by gravesite rites at West Lawn cemetery. A memorial in his name may be directed towards St. Agnes Catholic School, Christ the King Ladies Guild, and St. Jude’s Research Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left at www.geringchapel.com. Gering Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


  • Lynyrd Murillo, Pallbearer
  • Ernest Murillo, Pallbearer
  • Thomas Murillo, Pallbearer
  • Neil Murillo, Pallbearer
  • Cedric Murillo, Pallbearer
  • Dominic Murillo, Pallbearer
  • D'Angelo Murillo, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Rosary

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, June 29, 2020


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020


Valentino "Val" R Murillo

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July 3, 2020

It was always great spending time taking him to his dr appointments, bringing him home from the hospital, learning new stuff to care for hm. He has shown me what it is like to have a continued growing faith with the Lord.

Jim Winner

June 28, 2020

The Frank and Daphne Winner family lovingly remember the Murillo clan and your lovely Mom and Dad. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Anne, Jim, Bob, Mary, Tom and Paul Winner.

Leo Perez

June 27, 2020

Comadre & Sobrinos y Sobrinos, I just want you to know how much I respected and admired my big brother. Actually, all of us younger kids did. He was the ultimate big brother by always being there for us no matter what we needed or wanted. Compadre never ever refused any of us for help when we called upon him. This was true for all his nephews and nieces too! I will always miss my brother because of the special bond we shared. But I know Val is in heaven and I have a guardian angel to continue to look after me and my family forever. God bless Val and comfort you all, my familia, in our time of need.
Leo, Anita & the boys (Bobby, Jimmy, Leo, Paul, and Sammy)

John and Peggy Bays

June 27, 2020

Dear Mary Lou and entire Murillo Family. John, Peggy, Jeanne, Cindy, and Dan Bays extend our Sincere sympathy with the passing of Valentino. We had the GREAT fortune to be neighbors with the Murillo Family when we lived on Country Club Road. What a beautiful family with wonderful parents. It was my honor to have been a teacher for many of the Murillo children. Valentino was such a kind, hard working, and honest person! HE was loved by everyone that knew him. God bless
Valentino and all of the Murillo family.

Bruce and Donna Bennett

June 26, 2020

To the family and friends of Mr. Murrillo,
May you find strength in the loving memories you hold as these are his wonderful gifts to you. I went to GHS with Imogene. She shares the same sparkle in her eyes as her dad. Heaven is for real and we will all be reunited at Father Gods calling.
Friends in Jesus Christ,
Bruce and Donna(Acker)Bennett
Kyle, Texas

George, Judy Herman

June 26, 2020

Mary Lou and Family......We are so sorry for your lost! Please except our sincere condolences... We know you have tons of memories of him & the kids to help through these difficult times! The heart never heals the loss of a Love one....some how with time, it just gets a little easier.
(Years ago, Mary Lou I did your hair, in a salon in Gering, The Cinderella . I enjoyed the talks we shared.)
Good Bless You & your Family...
The Herman Family.

Tammy Gallegos

June 26, 2020

So sorry for the loss of Uncle Val. I know he is with God for his faith was strong. What I remember when I would visit is he was always ready to pray over us. I can hear him now, don’t leave the church until Father blesses you, and Thank God for that food. He was such a good man. I know he was strong, he fathered all of my cousins. I wish I could be there. Love you all God Bless.

Alicia Gomez

June 25, 2020

My thoughts and prayers for you all
May he rest in paradise

Rolly and Adorel Randall

June 25, 2020

It is with the highest respect that we offer our sympathies to the family of Mr. Murillo. We knew many of his children through the years as classmates to our three daughters. May your family feel the peace of God and your memories be filled with love and laughter. Very sincerely, Rolly and Adorel Randall

John & Kim Wagner

June 25, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Mr. Murillo you will be missed by all. You had the most gentle soul. May you fly high with the Angel's God bless you.
Columbus Ne