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James Henry Murray

James Henry Murray, age 92, of Cokato, died Monday, June 12, 2006 at Birchwood Hospice House in Hutchinson.

He was born January 14, 1914 in Inkster, ND to George Henry and Edith Marie Murray. James grew up on several farms and attended school in the Inkster area. As a young man he traveled extensively to learn many trades. He married Fern Evelyn Anderson June 10, 1941 in Badger, Minnesota. They were married for more than 35 years when she passed away in 1977.

In May of 1942, he was inducted into the U. S. Army, did basic training at Fort Lewis, WA., and was sent for additional training as tank gunner in the desert near Indio, CA, then to Camp Baguna, AZ to await active duty in Germany. He was a member of the Headquarters Company C of the 743rd Tank Battalion. His battalion landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He fought in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe where he was wounded, and received a purple heart, as well as other medals.

He and his family moved to Cokato in 1956, where he resided until his death. He worked for 23 years in the mechanical/electrical field at Napco Industries in Hopkins, until his retirement at age 67. James was known as someone who could design tooling for, or fix, just about anything.

James is survived by his daughter, Esther Premo, and her husband William of Mason, Mich.; his son Donaven, and his wife Linda of Nicollet; his brother George Murray, and wife Nora of Hammond, Ind.; his sister Ethel, and husband Earl Gerstner of Lake Mills, Wisc.; and his very dear friend Lenore Zellman of Cokato.

James was preceded in death by his parents; wife Fern; brothers Floyd, Clarence, Arthur, Robert, Allen; sisters Mae, Doris and Genevieve.

He was grandpa to Christopher and Alisa Premo, Joe and Katie Premo and Cindy and Ron Cansky, all of Petoskey, Mich. He was also great-grandpa to Heather, Victoria, Blake and Ashley.

Funeral services were Thursday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. Interment was in the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato.

Visitation was Wednesday, June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, and continued Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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