Ralph Michael McMurray , the son of Ralph Justin and Glena Gloy (Duncan) McMurray was born on July 27, 1950 in Hobbs, New Mexico and departed this life on March 3, 2017 in Hobbs, New Mexico at the age of 66 years, 7 months and 4 days. He grew up attending Northside Baptist Church and was proud to have been a Royal Ambassador in the Youth Group there.
Mike was a true American Patriot who loved his country and proudly served in the United States Navy from 1969-1972. He served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation (NSA DANANG) for his service. He recently reunited with his Band of Navy Brothers, strengthening their forever bond.
Mike enjoyed the outdoors and loved spending time fishing, hunting and shooting. He was a gun enthusiast, master outdoor chef and world class prankster. His family was everything to him and his children and grandchildren were his greatest pride and joy.
In 1983 Gulf Oil Company moved Mike and his family to Alaska. His job was to build an ice road in the North Slope oil fields. He fell in love with the awesome beauty and opportunities Alaska offered and their 3 year assignment turned into almost 20 years. He took great pleasure in inviting family and friends to visit so he could share with them the places and things he loved. The experiences and life long friendships he made there were among the most important things in his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Maxine Armstrong.
He is survived by his wife, Sue (Fogleman) McMurray of the home; his children Elizabeth Bentley of Anchorage, Alaska and Ryan McMurray of Eagle River, Alaska; his sisters Sandra Payne and husband Michael of Houston, Texas and Nelda Helms and husband Wayne of Hobbs, New Mexico; his brother Pat and wife Becky of Hobbs, New Mexico; 3 grandchildren Alaina Faye Bentley, Alexander James Bentley and Michael Jace McMurray; many special nieces, nephews and other relatives and dear friends.
Mike was a small man physically but his personality was bigger than life. His presence filled the room with love and laughter. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Vietnam Veterans of America in his name.
Mail: VVA 8719 Colesville Rd. Suite 100
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910