December 3, 2017

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa - E. Gerald Murry, 84, of Columbus Junction, passed away at his home on Sunday December 3, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Gerald was born on March 16, 1933, in Ridgway, Missouri, to Earl George Murry and Frances Tompkins Murry. At the age of 5, Gerald’s family moved to the Columbus Junction area where he attended school in Columbus City, Old Clifton and Columbus Junction. Gerald married Beverly Smith on August 18, 1951, at the Columbus Junction Methodist Church. They farmed in rural Columbus Junction, where they remained active in farming until Meniere’s disease forced his retirement in 1995. Gerald enjoyed hunting, fishing, card playing and attending auctions. He attended nearly all of his children and grandchildren’s school activities and thoroughly enjoyed teaching them to fish, hunt and play cards.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Marilyn (Doug) Forbes; sons, Garth (Sharon) and Randy (Debbi), of Columbus Junction, and Daryl (Janice) of Omaha; grandchildren, Brian (Jodi), Scott (Heather), Kristin Clark, Erik Murry, Jeremiah (Sara), Jon (Jessica) Murry, Logan, Rylan and Jenae Murry; great-grandchildren, Karlee Clark, Keaton Clark and Calla Murry; three step-granddaughters; four step-great-grandchildren; his brother, Ron (Martha) Murry, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Bonnie Wheeler, Lula Griffin, Jean Wathen and brother Dennis Murry.

Memorials may be made to the Washington County Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9, at the American Legion in Columbus Junction with visitation at 10 a.m. and memorial service at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the American Legion. A private family internment will follow at a later date.

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