Harold Murray III, 54, Veteran, chef

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Harold James Murray III, 54, of Bellwood, died on April 22, 2011 at Hines Veterans Hospital in Hines, following a long illness. Born at the U.S. Army Hospital in Ft. McClellan, Ala., on Nov. 18, 1956 to Harold II and Roylene (Pieper) Murray, he attended Oak Park and River Forest High School and served in the U.S. Marines from July 1975 until July 1979.

He loved to cook and had professional training as a chef. Among the many different types of work he did over his lifetime, none pleased him more than cooking.

Harold Murray is survived by his wife, Jane Stopka Murray; his eight children, Brian, Harold IV, Patrick, David, Casey, Sharon, Sophia, and Ella; his father, H. James Murray II; his mother, Roylene Pickard and stepfather, Donald Pickard; his grandmother, Doris Pieper; his siblings, Cari (Doug) Kremer, Steven Murray, and Debora (Louis) Panza; his nephew, Nicholas Panza; and his niece, Anna Panza.

Interment with full military honors accorded took place at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood on May 2, 201l. Arrangements were handled by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Heritage Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made directly to the American Cancer Society, the Angelman Syndrome Foundation or the donor's choice.

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casey murray from montgomery il  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 7:50 AM

My dad was the center of my life no one made me more happy then my father. Me and him and all mt brothers miss you very much everyday i think of all the times we had together. Now i tell you of the good times we all had with you. you lived a happy and sad life but we all will hear your voice in your dreams. Every day of my life i wanna hold you in my arms and see you everyday. But that is all a vanished memory that i can't hold. One day i will looking at your face in the clouds waving. i love u

Harold James Murray IV from Joliet   

Posted: March 27th, 2012 9:54 AM

Father, you have not been gone long, you were more than a father, your a friend, a role model, a cook, and would be a grandfather if you were around when my first daughter/son will come to life. Ive always been infatuated by you. You brought me into this life and you left on a whim. I miss you and will be with you again one day

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