James “Jim” Murray, age 73, of Three Oaks, died peacefully Monday, September 27, 2021, at the Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville with his loving wife, Nita, and brother, Darrell, and several family members by his side.
His life began September 21, 1948, in Michigan City, Indiana, born to Glen and Emily (Eggert) Murray. He married Nita Sue Zboril February 12, 1983, in her parent’s, Leonard and Joyce Zboril, home in Union Pier, Michigan.
“Murray” was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He coached little league and Rocket football for several years. He was an outdoorsman that loved hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed working on SUDOKU and was an avid sports fan. Go Blue was proudly displayed throughout the house along with his passion for the Bears, White Sox and University of Michigan. Jim loved music, especially Pink Floyd. When he wasn’t watching sports or hunting, he and Nita would watch movies. He will be remembered for being a huge Civil War buff and collection of memorabilia.
Jim will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of thirty-eight years, Nita of Three Oaks; four grandchildren, James Cleary of Three Oaks, Michele (Brandon) Dowsett of Niles, Kiersten (Tim) Cornwell of Battle Creek, Samantha Raab of Dowagiac; five great grandchildren, Isabell, Lucas, Emma Joyce, Elijah, Timothy James “TJ”; brothers, Darrell (Gerda) Murray of Kalamazoo, Glenn (Fred) Murray of Champaign, Illinois; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathy Socha, stepdaughter, Rhonda.
Family and friends will gather Monday, October 11, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time in Wagner Family Funerals Pobocik Chapel, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks.
The family prefers contributions in memory of Jim be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 or the Cass County Foster Care System of Michigan, care of Cass County DHS, 325 M 62, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner Family Funerals Pobocik Chapel, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.