Robert Dale Murray, 85 years old, died in his sleep Sunday morning, Aug. 30, 2020, at North Fulton Hospital, Roswell, Georgia. He was born Jan. 8, 1935 to Robert William Murray and Catherine Frances Klimcak Murray in Leavenworth, Kansas.Dale was a graduate of the Old Cathedral Elementary School, Immaculata High School, Leavenworth, Kansas. He attended Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. While in high school he participated in all sports and was elected president of his class four consecutive years. Dale was an accomplished basketball and football player.
After graduation he coached several boys' basketball teams in the parochial system. Dale served in the Kansas National Guard achieving the rank of E5 Sergeant.Dale was employed by Norton Company, an industrial abrasives manufacturer working in Montana, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Massachusetts, Central America and all the Southeastern states. After 34 years, he retired as District Sales Manager and earned "District Sales Manager of the Year" twice.
Dale was also a member of the Elks, Knights of Columbus, and Brookfield Country Club. As a parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas, Dale taught CCD classes and lectored at Sunday masses.
Dale and his wife, Beth Ann, moved to St. George Village, Roswell, Georgia in 2012.Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Beth Ann Dowling Murray, children: Karen Elizabeth Bass (Matt Bass), Kevin Patrick Murray, Sr. (Samantha Murray), Kendra Ann Barry (Sean Barry) and Kelly Roberta Murray (Carl Swenson), grandchildren: William Chandler Montague, Emma Dowling Montague, Robert Zane Montague, Kevin Patrick Murray, Jr., Rachel Elizabeth Murray, Benton Patrick Barry, Paige Catherine Barry, Luke McCloskey Barry, Catabrie Swenson and Gunnar Swenson.
A funeral mass was held at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., with Msgr. Peter Rau as the celebrant. Rev. Mr. Leo Gahafer conducted the Rite of Committal that began at 3 p.m. at St. Brigid Catholic Church.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church,Roswell, Georgia, Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Johns Creek, Georgia, St. Pius XCatholic High School, Atlanta, Georgia, Xavier Catholic Schools at 541 MuncieRoad, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048 and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church inLeavenworth, Kansas.
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