Mr. Johnny Ray Murray, 77, of Morris, Ill., passed away unexpectedly, Sunday Aug. 4, 2013, at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill.
He was born March 15, 1936, in Bush, Ill., to the late Mattie Mildred (nee Harper) and Thomas Murray.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara S. (nee Doggett)(Sinkhorn) Murray of Morris; six children, Roberta (Tommy) Holland of Hurst, Ill., Carol (Ken) Henderson of Olympia Fields, Ill., Linda (Carl) Kluge of Herrin, Ill., John (Angie) Murray of Bush, Ill., Jeff (Tracy) Murray of Channahon, Ill., and Christina (late Danny) Williams of Marion, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Helen (late Gary) Lantrip and Barbara J. Murray.
He is also survived by three stepdaughters, Connie (Wayne) Carlson of Morris, Ill., and Tammie (Doug) Hall and Pat (Jay) Faletti, both of Braidwood, Ill.; eight stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Roberta (nee Gaddy); his parents; and siblings.
Johnny was employed as an auto mechanic and body man who restored many classic cars over the years. His true calling, however, was merging friendship and health care as a CNA at the former Morris Lincoln Nursing Home and the Grundy County Home.
One of his proudest moments was receiving his certification from Joliet Junior College.
His hobbies included “Junking,” flea markets, and subtly reminding his wife from time to time of receiving the CNA of the Month award from the Morris Lincoln Nursing Home.
All friends and relatives are invited to gather Saturday, Aug. 10, from 1 p.m. until a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Channahon, Ill.
As it was Johnny’s request, cremation rites will be accorded and his final earthly remains will be interred back home, near Bush, Ill., in Blairville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name can be made to the building fund of First Baptist Church, 24466 W. Eames St. (U.S 6) Channahon, Ill., 60410.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Fred C. Dames Funeral Home of Morris.
For additional information, call (815) 942-5040 or www.fredcdames.com.