Arthur Ellridge (Art) Murray


Arthur Ellridge (Art) Murray, 89, of Clarkdale, Arizona, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Haven Health Care in Cottonwood, Arizona, with the Rev. Paul Rutschow officiating.

Interment of the cremains at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio is planned at a later date, with Joe Waltz leading the graveside service.

Murray was born Jan. 21, 1927, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Charles McBean Murray and Bernice Buell Hourne Murray. He married Mary Cecile (Cile) Kreppein on Sept. 5, 1946, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She preceded him in death on Feb. 23, 2016.

Murray worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for 42 years, from the time of steam engines when he used the telegraph key to send messages, to using a computer system with which he and his team controlled 838 miles of mainline track.

He was also a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service as a sonar operator on the USS Parche, and aboard the USS Sperry during the Korean Conflict.

The Murrays lived in Texas until 2012 when they moved to Arizona.

Murray is survived by four children and spouses, including Lynn Murray and husband, Robert Duke, of Clarkdale, Arizona; Ken and Carla Murray of Abilene, Karen and Kenneth Vanek of Fredericksburg, and Daena Murray of Austin.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Murray was preceded in death by a brother, Wilton Murray, and a granddaughter, Christy Lynn Vanek Quintana.

Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, 1450 E. Fir St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326 or to the charity of choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of Westcott Funeral Home of Cottonwood, Arizona.