He was born July 28, 1934, at Colony, MO, the son of James Raymond and Josephine McMurry.
He was united in marriage to Geraldine Kay Rudicil on May 4, 1963, and to this union three children were born; Sallie Jo Applegate and Roger of Plevna, MO, Gerald Raymond (Jerry Ray) McMurry of Rutledge, MO, and James Richard McMurry, Jr. (Jammie) of Edina, MO. He was united in marriage to Daisy Swearingen on July 15, 2003.
He is survived by his three children, his previous spouses, Geraldine and Daisy, and good friends, two sisters Doris Jean Fetters of Virginia and Betty Carol Goodwin of Knox City, MO, two grandchildren, Bryson Applegate and wife Anna, and Ashley Kelly and husband Evan, two great grandchildren, Bella Green and Aiden Applegate, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. McMurry was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Alice Margie Pearl, and one half sister Lois in infancy.
James received his education in Colony and Knox City, MO and served his country in the United States Army. He was employed in road construction till 1970 and worked as a mechanic for Earl Dromey and later Massey Ferguson. James was also engaged in farming in the Rutledge area. James enjoyed cutting wood, fishing, mushroom hunting, farming, spending time with his dogs, and helping people as a mechanic.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Russell Otte will officiate at the services. Burial with full Military Honors will be in the Colony Cemetery conducted by Knox City American Legion Post. Casket bearers will be Josh Goodwin, Dennis Goodwin, Randy Redding, Joe Moore, Evan Kelly and Jeremy Johnston. Honorary bearers will be Byron Fowler, Leon Applegate and Jerry Shultz.
Visitation will be held after 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013, with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.
Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be designated for rare blood disorders and may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.