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Charles "Chuck" Murray

May 15, 1926 — March 24, 2023

 

Charles was born on May 15, 1926, in Duluth, MN. “Chuck” grew up on a farm just outside of Duluth, and his strong work ethic stayed with him the rest of his life. Shortly after he turned 18 years old, Chuck joined the Navy on D-Day (June 6, 1944). He was an electrician in gun turret #1 (of 3 turrets) on the USS North Carolina, responsible for the 16” guns to fire properly. After serving in the Navy for 2 years through the conclusion of WWII, he returned to Minnesota to study Agricultural Engineering at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. After graduating from college, Chuck moved back to Duluth to begin his professional career as a Engineer, primarily in the food processing industry. While in Duluth, Chuck met his future wife, Rose Marie Robitaille, on a blind date. Chuck and Rose married in 1952, and were together for 57 years until her passing in 2009.

 

They moved to Davenport, Iowa, in the mid-50s, where Chuck was employed by International Harvester. Their oldest son, Steve, was born in Davenport while they lived there. After a couple of years, the family moved up to Cedar Rapids, where Chuck worked for Cherry-Burrell, and then Penick & Ford. While in Cedar Rapids, Chuck and Rose had 3 more children - Sue, Dave, and Dan.

 

In the late 70s, the family relocated to Keokuk, Iowa, after Penick & Ford closed their doors. Chuck was able to remain in the corn syrup processing industry in Keokuk with Hubinger Corporation for a couple of years, until he found better employment with Ralston-Purina in Davenport, where he finished his professional career in 1993.

 

Chuck and Rose enjoyed traveling and visiting their kids and grandkids for many years. They also were regular attendees at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Bettendorf. Chuck enjoyed gardening, and his fellow parishioners would eagerly ask him how his tomato crop was coming along, with anticipation of perhaps receiving some of the surplus. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan, even though he was a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

 

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rose Marie, and siblings Ed, Jim, Ann, and Robert. He is survived by his children Steve (Judy) Murray, Sue (Craig) Reams, Dave (Jeanne) Murray, and Dan (Deborah) Murray, as well as many grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

 

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 31st, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to service time in the church gathering space. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries assisted the family with arrangements.

 

Donations may be made to The Fountains Senior Living in Bettendorf.

 

 

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting his obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com

 

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Friday, March 31, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

4097 18th St, Bettendorf, IA 52722

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Mass

Friday, March 31, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

4097 18th St, Bettendorf, IA 52722

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Burial

Friday, March 31, 2023

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