Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX


Col. John E. Murray

May 27, 1921May 20, 2020

Colonel John Edward Murray (USAF Retired) passed away on May 20, 2020. He was born in Washington DC, on May 27, 1921. He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Lillian Hirschfelder Murray. Col. & Mrs. Murray were former residents of Wind Crest and members of Concordia Lutheran Church. They moved to the ARC (Army Residence Community) in 2008.

Col. Murray served in Japan in 1946, came stateside in 1948 and served in Okinawa from 1970 to 1972. He served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Having flown over 6000 hours and 22 different aircrafts, he retired as a pilot with 31 years of service. His last flight was in 2017 with the Dream Flights crew at the age of 95. While in the service, John played clarinet with the military band and played for many years afterwards. His love for music remained with him throughout his years. While at the ARC, he would get on his scooter with CD player and music collection in tow, he would provide music for Wednesday evening wine & dine with friends.

John was a faithful Christian, he attended Sunday services. He would also read scriptures and provide music on the Tuesday service, at the ARC church. He believed in God, Country and Family and is now on his journey home.

He leaves behind his grandson Craig Murray (wife Nicole) and great grandchildren Jackson, Samuel, Maxwell and Chloe. His son Jesse King Murray and grandchildren Jameson, Treasure Faye, Suzanne and Aaron; and great grandchildren. He is survived by nephew William Hirschfelder (wife Lisa), several nieces, nephews and other family members and friend Jose Pimentel. He had many friendships throughout his years and will be missed by all.

The visitation will be held on June 2, 2020 from 2pm to 5pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX. The interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. You may sign the online guestbook at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.

Letter to friends, The family of Colonel John E. Murray want to advise you of his passing on May 20, 2020. He passed away peacefully at the age of 98. He asked us to send his extended family and friends a note to let you know how much you meant to him. He had a blessed life and had many friends.


2 June


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunset Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, Texas 78218

3 June

Graveside Service

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach
San Antonio, TX 78209


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Jose Pimentel

May 29, 2020

We will miss you a lot my Friend!!

Suzanne Colladay-Lucas

May 28, 2020

Granddad was a spitfire and I will his energy.. I am sad that he never got to meet his Great Grandson Liam.. they would have hit off so well.. Miss you Colonel!!!

Kaitlan Colladay

May 28, 2020

From your grandchildren and a great-grand child or two, we wish you a peaceful journey. Jess has talked about you recently. I'm sorry I missed you on Wednesday last when I called to wish you a happy 99th birthday! The nurse thought you were sleeping. Oh, My! We hope the nurse(s) enjoyed the basket of goodies the "kids" sent. All our love, Kaitlan, Suzanne, Aaron, Jameson, Treasure, Evan and Liam.


May 26, 2020

Uncle John, May you rest in peace and finally be with your love Lillian. You had a long and full life and we were able to share your memories each time we came to visit. You deserve the military honors, but due to the corona virus things just are not the way they should be. So here's to you and we give you our 21 gun salute. We love you and will miss you,
Rest in Peace,
William, Lisa, Kayce & Kyle Hirschfelder

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