Bill Franklin Murray, 82 of Rexburg, died May 24, 2010 in Rexburg. He was born June 20, 1927 at Gibbon, Nebraska. He graduated from the Kearney Nebraska High School at age sixteen and immediately joined the Navy and saw active duty, in World Ward II, at age seventeen. He served on the USS Indiana battleship and he was a 2nd class deep sea diver. After his discharge from the Navy, he enlisted in the reserves.
Bill attended several college classes and graduated from the Newspaper Institute of New York in 1952. He spend his life in the newspaper business plus a few years in radio. Most of the time he was publisher and editor, winning sweepstakes and best newspaper in Kansas. He started a twice weekly newspaper in Colorado, worked for the Topeka Daily Capital and was a feature writer for an outdoor magazine and worked at a newspaper in Arizona and ten years at the Rexburg Standard-Journal.
He was active in community affairs and service clubs including the Jaycees, Elks and forty years as a member of the Lions Club. He served as Commander of the American Legion and commander and lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served five years on the Rexburg golf board. He loved old cars, music, playing guitar and banjo and he gave guitar lessons and published his own instruction book for the guitar.
Bill married Betty Deaver. They were married for 25 years when she died in a rodeo accident when she was thrown from a horse. Bill moved to Rexburg in 1979.
Bill is survived by three daughters, Susan Murray and Diane Murray both of California and June (John) Milliken of Topeka, Kansas and two grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Betty and a brother, Robert Murray.
Services were held on Friday, May 28, 2010 at the Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg with Pastor Joe Lacy and the Madison Veterans Team officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will take place at later date in Kearney, Nebraska. Condolences may be sent online to www.flammfh.com.