Leavenworth - Chad Murray, 49, of Leavenworth, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 29, 2021.
Chad was born Jan. 4, 1972, in Leavenworth, Kan., to Tom and Judy Murray.
He attended Lansing schools where he excelled in basketball, tennis and cross country. After high school, Chad attended KU where he studied mechanical engineering. After KU, he wanted to serve his country so he joined the Army in June of 1995.
Chad took his basic training at Ft. Jackson as an enlisted man and then went on to Ft. Gordon and Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Arabia he was accepted into OCS Ft. Benning, Ga., and his army career took off. His mother's greatest honor was putting his 2nd Lieutenant Bars on. He completed the Airborne Course, and that was his first as an officer and he was so proud none of his men were injured. Chad served in operations in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Israel, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Germany, Russia, France and the Netherlands.
He was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth several times and graduated from the Command and General Staff College. Chad received many medals including the Bronze Star. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he retired in April of 2016.
While Chad was stationed at all of these places he traveled to see many special areas, he learned to scuba dive when he was in Crete, was able to attend midnight mass at the Vatican in Rome, toured the Holy Land in Israel, sailed down the Nile and saw many of the Pyramids. He even climbed Kilimanjaro. Chad lived an extraordinary life but it was cut too short.
Chad did not have any children of his own but if you knew him, his Boxers, Jake and Daisy, were his kids. He loved them dearly.
He is survived by his parents; his sister, Tara, and her husband, Eric Kuntz; and his two nephews, Mason and Barrett Kuntz all of Basehor, Kan.
Chad was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tom and Mary Murray and Quinten and Lois Morgan.
Recently, Chad had purchased a yellow Corvette just like his late uncle, Don Morgan had. I am sure the two of them are racing.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 5, 2021, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors fund. The livestream link for the Funeral Mass at St. Francis De Sales Church is
Posted online on August 02, 2021