Donald William Murley went home to heaven on his 90th birthday, November 23, 2018.
He was born to William and Pearl Murley on a farm on the plains of South Dakota. During his boyhood he helped his father and uncle work the farm until he left home to serve in the Army during the Korean War. As a young boy, he had a special love for his horses and for his favorite dog, Shep. His kindheartedness toward animals followed him through life. Though work took Don and his family to Wisconsin in 1972, the open beauty of South Dakota’s immense skies and wheat plains always stayed dear to him.
Don’s career as an insurance adjuster and manager showcased his sharp mind, impeccable ethics and compassionate and fair treatment of people. His employers and employees alike admired and appreciated his work ethic, dry wit and care of people. He never asked anyone to do anything he wasn’t willing to do himself.
On June 26, 1955 Don married Nadine Allen and, with her, welcomed daughter, Susan in 1957. He spent the rest of his life demonstrating servant-love to his family. He always put other people first and it was his way to look for opportunities to quietly and unobtrusively make life pleasant for those he loved. He especially shone as a grandpa and favored his three grandchildren with endless patience, handmade gifts from his workshop, hours of make-believe play, an attentive listening ear and many supersized ice cream cones.
Don’s faith continued to grow through his adult life. He was both honest as he sometimes wrestled with doubt and humble in his thankful awareness of God’s immense grace. He quietly served God in countless acts of kindness to people in his everyday life and by faithfully supporting numerous ministries over many decades. He was dearly loved by his family, who count it among God’s dearest blessings to have called him husband, dad and grandpa these many years. Though he lived to see his ninetieth year, his home going seemed far too soon for those left behind. All give thanks that a reunion with this dear, gentle, faithful man is just a matter of time away.
His family includes Nadine, who greeted him in heaven, his grateful daughter Susan, his friend and son-in-law, Dale, grandchildren Reid (Missy), Anne (Mark) and Gaby and Emme, the little dog who brought such joy to his last year.
A memorial service for Don will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2018 at Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel with John Wile officiating. Lunch will follow.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.cremation society-wi.com.