James J. Murray, Jr., age 100, resident of Brainerd, passed away Monday, Feb, 17, 2014, peacefully in his sleep at his home.
Jim was born Nov. 5, 1913, in Wisconsin, the son of James and Anne Murray. His siblings were Martin, Frieda, Rose, Mary, Robert, Joseph, and Eugene.
Jim was very proud of his service on base as a member of the National Guard during World War II.
He married Vivian Malmquist, and together, they raised two sons, John and Mark. They were members of Stockholm Lutheran Church in Cokato.
Jim was well-known to the local farmers because he delivered feed and seed for many years.
A couple of years after the death of his wife, Jim moved to Brainerd, where he was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Jim enjoyed several years of his retirement selling items at local flea markets. He had the gift of gab, and really enjoyed talking to people.
He was active for many years at the local Senior Citizen center, enjoying lunches, helping out, and participating in activities. He liked to go to the Senior Dances, and he loved fishing. One of his biggest passions was to go to the steam engine shows, as he loved old tractors and trains.
Jim is survived by his two sons, John Murray, and Mark (Skip) Murray; five grandchildren; Jo Ann (Joseph) Davidson of St. James, MO, Wendy (Jeff) Wamsley of Forest Lake, John (Katie) Murray, Jr. of Rice, Sherry (Jason) Klima of Las Curces, NM, and Tom Murray of Brainerd; and eight great-grandchildren; Adler and Erik Davidson, Alex and Samantha Friel, Autumn Wamsley, Christian and Aaron Klima, and Jessica Murray.
In addition to his wife, Vivian, Jim was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; daughter-in-law Sharlet Murray; and a great-grandson, Maxon Davidson.
Interment will take place in the spring at the Stockholm Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Cokato, with a memorial service at the time of burial. Expressions of sympathy for the family can be sent to Mark Murray, 8807 Gwynn Ln, Brainerd, MN 56401.
Arrangements are with Nelson Doran Funeral Home of Brainerd.