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Raymond F. Murray

Raymond F. Murray

Raymond F. Murray, age 76, of Chippewa Falls, formerly of Menomonie, died Saturday December 4, 2021 at his home in the Village of Lake Hallie.

Raymond was born October 29, 1945 in Portage, WI, the son of Clifford and Helen (Meyer) Murray. Ray grew up in Kingston and graduated from Markesan High School in 1963. Ray married Lucy Jennings December 30, 1967 and they lived in the village of Marquette and rural Rio until moving to Menomonie in 1975.

Ray worked as a welder and machinist for various companies in the area until retiring. Ray moved to Lake Hallie in 2019 where he lived the rest of his life.

Ray enjoyed hunting, cowboy shooting, blacksmithing, attending steam engine and threshing shows. Ray volunteered at his church, helping with the food shelf.

Ray is survived by his sons, Joseph (Sheri) of Brooklyn Park, MN and Jeffrey of Eau Claire; three grandchildren, Kristen (Al), Laurissa and Brandon; three great grandchildren, Aiden, Annelise and Samuel; three brothers, Richard, Paul and Kenneth; three sisters, Rosemary Murray, Catherine Niedfeldt and Jeanne DeHaro and other relatives and friends.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lucy in 2006 and a brother, Gerald.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday December 11, 2021, at the Menomonie Alliance Church in Menomonie. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery, Township of Dunn-rural Menomonie.  

The Funeral Service will live stream on the Alliance Church website: https://machurch.net/live-stream

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the Church on Saturday.


  1. Jan Molnar

    Ray was a kind, gentile, genuine, thoughtful and generous man. He was always willing to help out whenever anyone needed him. He was always ready with his wit and humor. His family meant a lot to him and he was so proud of his sons and their accomplishments.
    It was a privilege to know him and call him my friend.

  2. Mel & Jan Jennings

    We were sorry to hear about the loss of Ray. We enjoyed his stories about his excursions out west to hunt prairie dogs. He made time to stop and chat when he was in the area. Due to the predicted weather, we will not be attending the funeral. Our prayers go out to you and your families.

  3. Marion Meitner

    Hi Joe and Jeff. Andy and I wanted to come up north to be with you all as you put your Dad to rest but with the weather forecast we have decided to stay home. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
    We wanted to come up and visit your Dad earlier this year but he said “NO”, because of the Covid business. Keep in touch!

  4. Nadine Cordio

    Condolences to all the family. As cousins, Ray and I talked frequently on the phone. I’ll always remember him and Lucy taking me to the folk art fair in Ohio with them—a fun time. We always enjoyed visits. He was such a great source for Kingston family history. I will really miss him.

  5. Badger blacksmiths

    Sorry for your loss. Ray will be missed by many.

  6. James Molnar

    My x Jan Molnar was a Good Friend of his. I grieve for you also.

  7. Brian Gabriel

    Our deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed visiting with Ray. Brian and Norma Gabriel

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