William L. "Bill" Murray - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

William L. “Bill” Murray

December 23, 1929 - September 12, 2020

William L. “Bill” Murray, age 90, of Burnsville, MN, departed this world and was welcomed to his new home with Jesus on September 12, 2020. Bill was a long-time resident of Richfield, MN. Throughout his career as an engineer he worked for Winzen Research, Rosemount Engineering, where he was Vice President of Research and Development, and Stanton Associates as a Certified Management Consultant. He is also a Marine veteran of the Korean War. Home and family were always his top priority and his faith was an important part of who he was. Bill enjoyed spending time at the family lake cabin, watching baseball, and golfing. He was always a music lover and took up harmonica later in life. He devoted 15 years to leading and playing with the Happy Wanderers harmonica band. Bill was also a member of the Twin Cities Harmonica Society and played with the Harmonickers.

Preceded in death by his wife Lucy, siblings Ruth Murray and James Murray. Survived by daughter, Deb (Jay) Hoekstra; grandson Mark (Nina) Hoekstra; nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hope for Tomorrow Building Fund.


  1. Steve Watne says:

    Bill was a long time member of our Twin Cities Harmonica Society and mostly played the big 48 chord harmonica and was a good chromatic player as well. His cheery attitude and talents will be missed.

  2. John Stokes says:

    Bless you dear friends. We love you so much. May God comfort you both with an awareness of His presence in this time of need. … John & Linda

  3. Bob, Lisa and family says:

    Always enjoyed visiting with Bill and seeing his smile. We will miss him greatly.

  4. Douglas Davidson says:

    From the SodCutter golf league.

    What a loss ! Bill and I golfed many times and he always had good things to say about everyone. I had plans to visit him at his apt in Burnsville as I could be interested in in possibly getting info re his apt for my wife and I to change our living conditions in the future. I REALLY will miss him he was a joy to be around him. He is in a better place with his LORD> AL Jaeger

    He was a great guy and fun to golf with, he will be missed. Sympathy to the family and fellow golfers!
    Edward W. Scholten

    We will miss Bill also. We knew him at church, heard him play the harmonica, played golf with him and I worked with his grandson at a local church. Bill loved his grandson and was very proud of him (rightfully so). He will be missed, but now he is with his Lord and his family who went before him.
    John and Sandra Johnson

    Great golf SODCUTTER partner, always had a positive attitude and enjoyed the game.
    Will always remember the entertainment Dip and Bill provided at Year-end banquets!
    Rest In Peace.
    John Erikson

    We will miss Bill’s wise guidance and fellowship.
    Dave O’Denius

    Bill was a friend beyond golf, a Christian, played a “mean Hrmonica”, a
    beautiful swing…(Golf), great sense of humor, former engineer, (that
    means he knows what “X” means, a humble man and a great father. I and
    We will miss Bill and this world will miss Bill.
    Warren Camp

    Sad for sure, a wonderful person. He also loved the game of golf and contributed to all us “Sodcutters” Shame he was unable to even get one round in this yr.
    Dennis Lutzwick

    Sad to hear. He was a good man and led a good life.
    Gary Seline

  5. Pam Curtiss Krake and Keith Krake says:

    My sincerest sympathies to all who loved Bill. He was truly a special neighbor and influence on my life. I am so glad I was at Mom’s and got to see him playing harmonica with his buddies. . I know he is eternally happy with Jesus and Lucy. Prayers to you all.

  6. Dawn Schletty says:

    Deb, Jay and Mark,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, Father-in-law, and Grandfather passing away.
    I am sure he really enjoyed the last time he was at the cabin.
    I will always remember him coming into the RES Library when Deb was still
    working there and he helped with inventory and other things that needed to be done
    in the library.
    May you find peace and comfort looking back on all the good times you had
    together with him.

  7. Roberta Reed says:

    Deb, so sorry for your loss. I remember your dad as always being kind and interested in what was going on with us as teenagers.
    Dads hold a special place in our hearts. Knowing he’s with Christ is priceless. Reunion is certain. May you know God’s holding you close.

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