Murray Lee Warren, 89, recently of Cambridge, Minn., and long-time resident of Crookston, Minn., was ushered into the arms of his Savior on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
Murray was born May 22, 1924 in Park Rapids, Minn., the oldest son of Clifford James Warren and Ellena Belle Rhodes Warren. He graduated as valedictorian of the Nevis High School Class of 1942. While a student at Bemidji State Teachers College, he enlisted in the army on Dec. 3, 1942. He entered active service on April 2, 1943, and served with the Signal Service Corps in the China-Burma-India theater.
Murray was united in marriage to his beautiful sweetheart, Darlene Luella Fradenburgh, on Aug. 15, 1947. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Education in 1948, and began a career as a high school science teacher in Boy River, Minn. He taught for three years in Boy River, for four years in Backus, Minn., and for 33 years in Crookston, Minn., where he also coached track and cross country. During those years, he also completed a Masters Degree from Greeley State College in Greeley, Colo.
In 2010, Murray and Darlene moved from Crookston to Cambridge, where they enjoyed their new home at Grace Pointe River Hills. He suffered a stroke in June of 2013, and spent his final months at Gables West, lovingly cared for by the staff, his wife, and his five daughters.
Murray is survived by his one true love, his wife Darlene, and their six children: Lu (Ron) Sundheim of New London, Minn.; Rhoda (Jim Held) of Indianapolis; Mary Lynn (Jerry) Hoard of Waterloo, Iowa; Mark (Susan) of Normal, Ill.; Leah (Art) Volker of Cambridge, Minn.; and Maggie (Tom) Nitti of White Bear Lake, Minn. He also leaves 15 grandchildren and spouses, and 7 great-grandchildren, with 1 more due in December.
He is also survived by his one brother, Ross W. Warren of Corvallis, Ore., and many nieces and nephews. Murray was preceded in death by his parents, a great-grandson, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
Murrays life was a sterling example of faithfulness to his family, to his career, to his country, and most importantly, to the God he served. Well done, good and faithful servant … Enter into the joy of your Lord. (Matthew 25:21)
Memorial services were held Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Strike Funeral Home Cambridge Chapel.