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Richard Murray

Birth Date: September 18, 1921
Death Date: February 27, 2006

Richard A. Murray WWII War Hero Beloved Husband, Father and GrandpaRichard A. (Dick) Murray a 42-year Rio Linda resident died on Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, atMissionCarmichaelHeathcareCenter inCarmichael . He was 84.    Mr. Murray was born on September 18, 1921 in Nashwauk, MN and spent most of his youth in Hibbing, MN were he graduated from Hibbing High School.  He attended Nashwauk Junior College until his enlistment in the Army Air Corp.  Richard graduated from basic training and flight school as a 1st Lt. and was immediately assigned to the newly formed 459th Bomber Squadron, 15th Air Force.  In July 1944 Lt. Murray and his new crew flew their B-24 Liberator from Tonapah, NV toGiulia, .  On August 3rd the crew of the “Bugs Bunny” commanded by Lt.Murray flew the 1st of 35 successful combat missions toFriedrichaven, .  The “Bugs Bunny” logged a total of 255 hours over targets in , , and    Additionally, Lt. Murray volunteered to fly 5 non-combat rescue missions transporting much needed gasoline to fuel Gen. Patton’s tanks during his dash across to save the surrounded American troops during the Battle of Bulge.  For his meritorious service Lt. Murray received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Richard returned to California and was soon working as a bus driver in Los Angeles . It was on his bus that he met the love of his life, Joan Kathleen Wagner whom he married on May 5, 1948 and was dedicated to for 51-years.  The young couple soon moved to Proctor, MN where they had 5 of their 6 children.  In 1964 the Murray family relocated to Rio Linda where they had their 6th child.  Richard purchased a Beacon Service Station where he worked until his retirement in 1987.  While living In Minnesota Richard loved hunting and fishing with family and friends.  He enjoyed taking his young family on camping trips and he volunteered much of his spare time as a Scoutmaster.  In his later years he volunteered at the Senior Companion and Homes for Humanity rograms inReno   But his real passion was gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.        The family would like to thank the staff atMissionCarmichaelHealthCareCenter for the loving and caring dedication that they showered on our beloved father. He is survived by his brother Donald and sister-in-law Audrey of Howell, MI; his sister Janice and brother-in law Howard Clune of Sun City, CA;  daughter Patricia Williams of Chico; daughter Kathy and son-in-law Terry Edwards of Auburn; daughter Teri and son-in-law Bob Chisholm of Sparks, NV; son Richard Jr. and daughter-in-law Helen of Granite Bay; son Leonard and daughter-in-law Elizabeth of Elverta; and son Tim and daughter-in-law Janet of Rio Linda.  Additionally Richard was loved and will be dearly missed by 22 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his parents Malcolm and Elvina Murray; his brother Leonard Murray and his beloved wife Joan Kathleen Murray. Visitation day will be on Friday, March 3, 2006 from 4 to 8PM and the military services will be conducted on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 1:00 PM at Chapel of the Chimes,4701 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento, CA  (916) 922-5833. Donations in his memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the 459th Bomber Group Scholarship Fund % Mr. John Devney, Treasurer;90 Kimbark Road, Rochester, NY14610 .   (916) 922-5833. Donations in his memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the 459 Bomber Group Scholarship Fund % Mr. John Devney, Treasurer; . (916) 922-5833. Donations in his memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the 459 Bomber Group Scholarship Fund % Mr. John Devney, Treasurer; . (916) 922-5833. Donations in his memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the 459 Bomber Group Scholarship Fund % Mr. John Devney, Treasurer; . (916) 922-5833. Donations in his memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the 459 Bomber Group Scholarship Fund % Mr. John Devney, Treasurer; . (916) 922-5833. Donations in his memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the 459 Bomber Group Scholarship Fund % Mr. John Devney, Treasurer; .

Service
March 4, 2006
1:00 pm
Sacramento: Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes Main Chapel
4701 Marysville Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95838
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Visitation
March 3, 2006
4:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Sacramento: Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes Main Chapel
4701 Marysville Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95838
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