OBITUARY

Leonard Len Arthur Murray Jr.

January 9, 1957November 5, 2010

Leonard Arthur Murray, 53, of Brown County, died Friday evening in a line of duty accident while working at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department in Brown County, Indiana. Murray worked for AT&T as the Damage Prevention Manager, Underground Utilities Indiana Area and was a Master Sergeant Controller/Trainer at U.S. Army Reserves with more than 34 years of active and reserve service. He was an active member of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department in Brown County, IN., where he served as Captain, firefighter, first responder and nationally certified Red Card Wildland Firefighter. Amongst his many accreditations was the appointment as Community Emergency Response Coordinator (C.E.R.T.) in the Brown County, IN. area. Murray was an active participant in the Brown County community. He was a member & writer of FigTree Fellowship Radio Players located in Helmsburg, IN and co-authored several productions in which he also was featured. He was also an energetic participant in local politics and an active member of the Martinsville Tabernacle Baptist Church. Len grew up in Ohio City, Ohio, graduated from Ross High School in Hamilton, Ohio in 1975 and attended Concordia for Communication Management. “To make a difference” was Len’s goal in life. And he certainly did just that. He was generous in everything he did, loyal and passionate. He said many times “I like to enjoy and celebrate life and living”. He was known by his faith and believed “God is good, everyday”. His interests were many: movies (he spent 16 hours in the movie theater watching all three of the Lord of the Rings movies), acting (his favorite role was Gandalf and Spock), coffee shops (he was never without his to-go mug), religion, volunteering and writing. “Bud”, as he was known to his family, is survived by wife, Sandra, Brown County, also a member of the Jackson Township Fire Department, sons: Tommy Murray & Michael Murray, both of Portland OR., granddaughter, Liona Murray, brothers, Richard Murray, Dillsboro, IN. & Lewis “Adam” Murray, Maryland Hgts., MO. & sisters, Verna “Bunny” Helvik, Ronan, MT. & Patricia Murray-Gratias, Garden Grove, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard, Sr., & Jesslyn (Ball) Murray, & brothers, Steve & Theodore Murray. Len was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague. He was a “by the book” individual who gave more than he took, loved and laughed more than most, and lived by the Christian principles he believed in. He will be remembered for his sense of humor by one of his favorite sayings: “This too shall pass-why put off till tomorrow what you can put off till next week.” His funeral service is Friday, November 12, 11:00 A.M. at Martinsville Baptist Tabernacle, 2189 Burton Lane, Martinsville, with Dr. Zemple officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Hopewell Cemetery, Rushville. The family will receive visitors Thursday, November 11, from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to, Jackson Twp. VFD, P.O. Box 610, Nashville, IN. 47448, or Martinsville Baptist Tabernacle, 2189 Burton Lane, Martinsville, IN. 46151. On line condolences may be sent to the family at www.bondmitchellfuneralhome.com Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

Arrangements under the direction of Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, Nashville, IN.

Services

  • Funeral Friday, November 12, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Leonard Len Arthur Murray Jr.

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Patricia A. Murray-Gratias

November 18, 2010

Len, or "Bud" as we knew him, was my younger brother by almost nine years. I knew him and remember him as a baby, small child, teen-ager and adult. He was always busy exploring-all his life. He was bright, so very bright. His interests were varied from literature to science to music, and he pursued those interests avidly, even as a child, performing scientific experiments in our home, (it is a wonder the house did not blow up), but somehow it did not. He was "born-again" at 12 years of age as I recall, and lived for the Lord with as much vigor and intensity as he pursued other interests, in fact even more so. For that most of all, we his family are grateful. He truly loved and served his Lord Jesus with his heart and soul, trusting Him first as Saviour and Lord and next as Guide and Friend. He prayed for a wife and God sent him Sandra, who complimented him better than any of us could have ever found for him. God knows all, and found the perfect person for Bud. He never lost that intensity and lust, (if you will), for the fullest life possible.He truly cared about people and wanted to share God's love and provision with them. To that I know he was completely committed. An extension of that love was his military and volunteer service, and even his writing and acting. I am told an audience was brought to tears over a song written by Bud and performed at a recent Christmas event. Our parents are with the Lord, we have most recently lost in the past two and one half years two older brothers, our Mother and now Bud. We four remaining siblings indeed have heavy hearts in yet another loss of close family, especially following so close to the death of our Mother just over two months ago. Yet, in all this, we still praise and thank Jesus Christ, who has given us the ultimate victory. You see, Christ overcame the grave. By accepting the gift of His death payment for our sin, and asking for His forgiveness, we not only are given a much better life here on earth, but are promised life eternal beyond the grave. Bud's grave is now quiet....the ceremonies are over, and they were so very much appreciated by our family...the tributes both in word and ceremony, so heartfelt and personal, and well meant, bringing comfort to our hearts...are over. The grave is silent, and Bud's remains lie there alone... but NOT his spirit. Bud is with Christ. We, his family know that. We, his family, including Sandra, will join him, our two older brothers, and our parents one day. I believe that day will be soon. We have that hope that passes all understanding...that is what we hold onto, our faith in Christ. I thank you as his older sis, for your kind words. They are precious to us, but the Word of God brings us the only comfort that is eternal. We can smile through our tears, and there are tears, many of them. My heart is breaking, I admit it. I can remember teaching Bud as a very young five-six year old, how to sing an aria from Carmen. It was hysterical...for I had made him up in full theater make up...black eyebrows, etc., and he was kneeling on our front lawn on one knee with outstretched arm, singing Carmen. I had a lot of fun with Bud as a young kid. That memory is imprinted in my mind forever. But, I now look forward to a future time when I shall meet him, hug and laugh with him again. That time shall come, and that I hold onto. My question now, as Bud would ask, is "What will you do with Jesus?" You can have that peace as well. As scripture says in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:6-8-"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 10:13-"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Therefore, I ask you today, if you do not know Christ as Saviour, if you are not assured of security in Him and in your eternal destination, please consider Jesus...ask Him to forgive your sin and to give you a home in Heaven. He will. That, as scripture states, is what He came to Earth to fulfill. If you do, you can be assured of Heaven for yourself, and you also will one day see your friend, Len. Thank you.

Beth Norfleet

November 14, 2010

Faithful servant, Friend and Uncle. He will be greatly missed. I will keep all the family, co-workers and friends in my prayers

Porter

November 12, 2010

We are very sorry for your loss.

Kevin and Lorraine Porter - Indiana 811
Chance Schultz - ATT

Sharon Bube

November 11, 2010

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Len. We all will miss him, but remember the memories of his wonderful life that he lived to the fullest. Sandy, if you ever need anything just let us know. Love and prayers always. Your neighbors and friends, Mike and Sharon Bube, Stephanie, Sarah, Sherry, Jeanette, Jennifer, Jamie.

Ron & Nancy Packman

November 11, 2010

We are "Figgie's" and will miss Len. We always expected to see him when we were at the Fig Tree. He was a fixture there, especially once the fire station was moved there. He always had a smile on his face, a cup of coffee in his hand, and his iphone in the other all the while teaching Thomi how to use hers. He was friendly to everyone and will be missed greatly. Blessings and peace to your family.

November 11, 2010

To the family of Len Murray, we never had a lot of contact with Len, but always enjoyed his company when we did. We're glad to know that he is with the Lord, and pray that the family will receive comfort, peace and encouragement through this tough time. Sincerely, Steve and Norene Mara

November 10, 2010

I will miss working with Len at At&T. Know that you are in our prayers.

Tona Cole

Roger Marcum

November 10, 2010

America has lost a true hero. May God Bless your family in their time of need.
Ross Class of '75'

Stephen and Elizabeth Zempel

November 10, 2010

Mrs. Murray,
We want to let you know how much we will miss seeing Mr. Murray when we come down to visit the church. We always enjoyed his enthusiasm and energy. We'll miss seeing him sing in the choir. This last summer's patriotic Sunday will be a special memory as both he and you were honored. He was so excited with all the happenings of that day!
We'll be praying for you.

David & Christy Durbin

November 9, 2010

It was a true pleasure working with both Bud and Sandy at AT&T. Our family will keep you and Sandy in our thoughts and prayers.