Obituary: Richard D. ‘Ricky’ Murray

Richard D. “Ricky” Murray, 52, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Asbury Park in Newton.

He was born Oct. 12, 1964, in Wichita to James Murray and Mildred (Randle) Dean. Ricky worked as a bartender for the former Santa Fe Bar and Grill in Newton as well as other bars in town. He greatly enjoyed Karaoke and singing. Ricky enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends.

He is survived by his mother, Mildred Dean of Newton, and three sisters, Josie Laramore-Holm of Peabody, Donna Wallin of Newton and Debbie Smith of Newton. He also is survived by several nieces, nephews and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and five brothers, Jerry, James, Kenneth, John and Robert Smith.

Graveside committal service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton with Pastor Jim Pohlman presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas Wheel Chair Clinic in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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