Robert G. (Bob) Murray

 July 20, 1925-July 1, 2011


 A Guiding Light, Mentor, Friend, Husband, Father, Grandfather. Robert Gordon Murray was born July 20, 1925, in Polo, Missouri. He was one of eight children of John & Frances Murray.  He left for Heaven on July 1, 2011, from complications of Dementia/Alzheimer’s.


Bob was raised in Braymer, Missouri, and attended Braymer High School. Following high school graduation, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country honorably during World War II. After his military service, Bob attended and graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College. On December 1, 1951, he married Edith M. Murray in San Francisco, California. They returned to the Kansas City area in the early 1950s where their children, Rick and Cheryl, were born.


Bob was transferred in a job promotion to Springfield, Missouri, in early 1960 where the family spent the better part of 10 wonderful years. Bob was active in his church, Westminster Presbyterian, served as Boy Scout Leader of Troop 16 and stayed active in raising his family with Edith. A job-related transfer brought Bob back to the Kansas City area in December 1969 where the family resided in Shawnee, Kansas. On October 1, 1977, Bob founded Murray Industrial Food Sales, Inc., with Edith as Office Manager. Bob’s son, Rick, joined the business in June 1978 and continues to run the business today. Rick offers heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity of not only a career but to have had the chance to work side by side with both Bob and Edith.


Bob has been a member of Community Covenant Church in Lenexa since 1980 and has served in various ministry positions. He loved golf and for many years was a member of the Tomahawk Seniors Golf League.


Bob is survived by his wife Edith of Lenexa; daughter Cheryl Murray of Prairie Village; son Rick, daughter in-law Cheryl; and granddaughter Cara of Lenexa. Cara always held a special place in Bob’s heart.


Bob always put family first and wanted the best for them and his many friends. He was always ready to help and his kindness plus friendly personality were always apparent to those he came in contact with. 


In lieu of flowers are asked in Bob’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Heartland America Chapter, 3846 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, Kansas 66208 or online at or Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64145 or online at


Visatation and Funeral Services


Visitation will be from 12:30-1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas.  The  funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m.

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16 Comments on “Robert G. (Bob) Murray”

  1. Wilma Wink Says:

    Please accept my condolence to all of the family. Bob will be greatly missed. This was a very thoughtful and well-written article.

  2. Roma Garrison Says:

    Edie and family,
    so sorry to hear about Bob’s death. Thinking of you and your family.

  3. Stephanie Murphy Says:

    We remember Uncle Bob as jovial and kind with a generous spirit. He and Aunt Edie created a warm, welcoming home when we visited. Those memories will always be with us.

  4. Fern Lamberd Says:

    Edith just wanted you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you are this time. I am glad we have kept in touch over the years.


  5. Tim Cacek Says:

    Always enjoyed talking to him. I was glad I was able to see him

  6. Kent Caplinger Says:

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Rick’s Father, Bob Murray. I never had the opportunity to meet or know Bob but I have known Rick for almost 20 years. I value his relationship, both in work and as a friend very much. Reading the obituarary of Bob’s it’s certainly understandable how and why Rick became the person he is. Strong work ethics, strong faith, grounded in realism of everyday hard work, family oriented, all the same things Rick expemplifies.
    Having gone through the same painful process with my Mother who suffered from alzeihmers for almost eight years before passing, I know the many emotions that must be tearing at your hearts. Kathy and I offer our sincere condolences and our prayer for God’s peace for your family and continued celebration of Bob’s rise to glory.
    Kent Caplinger

    Friend of Rick’s

  7. Janis Rowland Says:

    My sincere condolances to Rick, Cheryl and Cara and the entire Murray family during this time of loss. May the grace of God give you peace and strength as you face each upcoming day. Your family will be in my prayers.

    Jan Rowland

  8. Bob Hoopingarner Says:

    It was both an honor and a pleasure to work with Bob and everyone at Murray Food Sales during my years at French’s Ingredients and International Dehydrated Foods, Inc. It was very clear to me that he was interested in taking care of the customer and supporting the efforts of the companies Murray Foods Sales represented. It proved to be a very successful business plan that has served the Food Industry, his company and his family well all these years. May he rest in peace in the presence of the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this time of sorrow but we know he is looking over us, guiding us to tomorrow.

    Bob and Deb Hoopingarner

  9. Gery Amos Says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Bob 20 years ago when I interviewed Rick and Bob to represent my companies products. Most of my business we with Rick but Bob was always there with a kind word.
    Bob was a month younger than my dad with simular war service and families, men that were great Americans!
    My thoughts and prayers ware for the Murray family.
    Gery Amos

  10. Matthew Gilliam Says:

    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Great to see he was an avid golfer.

  11. Jim Ciaccio Says:

    Unfortunately I never knew Bob, but I do see clearly the legacy he left behind in terms of his successful business and his hard working, thoughtful, and always tactful son.

    May God grant peace to the Murray family since Bob is in a better place–

  12. Steve, Marilyn, and Anna Ewing Says:

    Edie and family,

    It was such a blessing to be your neighbor. Bob was always there to brighten our day with a smile and a funny story. The two of you always treated us like family…especially Anna. Your kindness and thoughtfulness towards us will never be forgotten. Bob’s life was an inspiration to me as a father as well as a professional. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. John and Sue Weiden Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick and his family during this time. His father was a very kind man and will be missed by all those who were fortunate enough to know him.

  14. Sue & John McLean Says:

    Edith and family,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry we were unable to make the services for Bob. I know he will be missed very much and count my blessings that I was able to enjoy him at our many family reunions.

  15. Sue & John McLean Says:

    Dear Edith and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We know Bob is finally at peace. Sorry we were unable to make the services for Bob. I know he will be greatly missed and I count the blessings that we were able to enjoy him at our family reunions.


    Sue & John

  16. Briess Malt & Ingredient Company Says:

    The Briess Family and all those here at Briess Malt & Ingredients Company in Wisconsin, pass on our deepest sympathy to your family members. We will keep you all in our prayers.

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