Charles Wilbur Murray Jr. 1921-2021



A Visitation and Memorial Service to Celebrate Chuck’s Life

Friday Morning, March 26, 2021

Visitation from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Service begins at 11:00 am

West Decatur Church of God

4500 West Main Street

Decatur, Illinois  62522


Graveside Service and Burial With Military Rites

North Fork Cemetery

Long Creek, Illinois



Charles Wilbur Murray, Jr. “Chuck”, age 99, of Decatur, IL passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Heritage Nursing Home, Mt. Zion, IL.

Services to Celebrate Chuck’s life will be Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11:00 am at West Decatur Church of God, Decatur, IL, with visitation one hour before services.  Burial with military rites will be following the services in North Fork Cemetery, Long Creek, IL.  Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.

Chuck was born in July of 1921 in Decatur, IL, the son of Charles W. and Letha F. Murray.  He spent his childhood in Decatur and attended St. John’s School in Decatur, IL.  He then joined the Civilian Conservation Camp in Tuscola, IL.  He married Lauretta M. Barrett in October of 1941, in Decatur, IL, and together they had four children.  Lauretta preceded him in death in October of 2015.

Chuck proudly served in the US Army as a Corporal in WWII in the South Pacific.  He was a mechanic at AE Staley’s in Decatur for 40 years, retiring in 1982.  He was a member at Glad Tidings Assembly of God and most recently attended Heartland Community Church of Decatur.  Chuck enjoyed time spent with family and friends whether traveling or spending time at home.  He enjoyed watching old westerns on TV and game shows.  He always enjoyed a good game of horseshoes and catching up with family at reunions.  He always looked forward to the holidays when all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren would gather.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his daughter Katherine “Kitty” Hott of Decatur, IL; Daughter-in-law Ella Murray of KY; Grandchildren Scott Zinn of Decatur, IL; Randy Zinn and wife Candy of Decatur, IL; Brian Zinn and wife Kelly of Warrensburg, IL; Jennifer Lake of Decatur, IL; Kevin Leslie and wife Andi of AK; Tammy Laughlin and husband Christ of Arthur, IL; Justinn Lander and Husband Keith of Nashville, TN; Ronda Lopez of KY; Robin Simpson of KY; Regina Chavez and Husband Jorge of KY; Michelle Court and husband Dan of TX; Marcus Hott of Poplar Grove, IL; Carissa Hayes and husband Greg of Decatur, IL; thirty-two great grandchildren; eighteen great great grandchildren; several nieces, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Sisters Louise Yeck and Doris West; Brothers Lloyd Murray and Floyd Murray; Daughters Charlene A. Zinn-Lake and Aletha F. Steffen; Son Charles W “Chuck” Murray III; Sons-in-law John Morey, Jr, Marvin Lake, Robert “Bob” Steffen and Leslie “Les” Hott.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Health Nursing Home, Mt. Zion, IL for their care.

Please sign the family guestbook.

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