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Harry C. "Mike" Murrie

May 17, 1937 September 12, 2020
Harry C. "Mike" Murrie
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Obituary for Harry C. "Mike" Murrie

Peoria- Harry C. “Mike” Murrie, age 83, of Peoria, passed away at 9:10 AM on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at his residence.

Born May 17, 1937, a son was born to Victor and Martha Blackwell Murrie of Peoria Heights. Baptized Harry Calvin, many among his family and countless friends and colleagues affectionately knew him as “Mike.” Two sisters welcomed him into the home: Helen Murrie Day of Peoria Heights, and the late Jean Murrie Murray. From Harry’s childhood on, times were seldom dull. Upon graduating from Woodruff High in 1955, Harry began studies at Bradley University but soon enlisted in the U.S. Army. Harry served his nation proudly on the front lines of the Cold War in West Berlin. Harry returned home to work with Blackwell Electric, then graduating from the IBEW Local 34 apprenticeship program. Harry worked as a Journeyman Wireman, and a proud instructor of the next generation of IBEW apprentices. Harry served as the resident electrician at the Pabst Brewery in Peoria Heights until it closed; then at nuclear power-station installations, including the Clinton plant; crisscrossing Illinois to install drive-throughs for Hardee’s restaurants; and with the Peoria Civic Center as the facility’s resident electrician until retirement in 2002. Harry also was elected a Peoria Heights Village Trustee, and was a member of the Peoria Masonic Lodge and a volunteer at the Tower. Harry died after an extended illness the morning of Sept. 12, 2020. Harry was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jean Murray and is survived by: his beloved partner of more than three decades, Sonia Sullivan; sister, Helen Day of Peoria Heights; daughter Suzanne (James) Allen of Oak Park, daughter Kathleen (Robert) Bennett of Catlin, son Victor (Mareike) Murrie of Peoria, and son Jake (Fiancé Timberly) Murrie of Peoria Heights, the children with his former wife, Kay Mitchener; grandchildren Peter, Jonathan and Nicholas Allen, all of Chicago, and Kady and Ethan Bennett, of Caitlin; nephew Rich (Vicki) Murray of Bartonville; nieces Diane Day of Peoria, Denise (Donald) Wood of Clarksville, TN, and Deborah (Wally) Carlson, of Decatur; daughter Connie (David) Ramsay of Metamora and grandsons Travis (Bree) Scheidecker of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Scott (Sarah) Scheidecker of Peoria, granddaughter Carrie (Matt) Cunniff of Rock Falls. Harry’s passions include sailing the “Cool Cat” locally and chartering boats in the Caribbean and Bahamas with buddies like Dirk McGinnis. Harry loved the open waters, meeting people, and regaling friends like Ron Harris with tales, many of which were based on real events. Harry was a many-decades member of the IVY Club, and organized club outings to sister boat clubs in the Midwest. Harry loved his old Westerns, especially flicks featuring John Wayne, and was a huge fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs and Bears and the Bradley Braves. An accomplished entertainer, Harry’s repertoire included the stump fiddle; his “mongoose box”; pads of peel-away $2 bills; and the ability to recycle old jokes and win new laughs.

A private graveside service will be held in Springdale Cemetery.

Memorials in Mike’s honor may be made to IL Cancer Care of Peoria, Shriners Children’s Hospital, or IL Valley Boat Club in Peoria Heights, please designate to the Legacy Wall.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or leave their private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com

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Springdale Cemetery Final Resting Place

3014 N Prospect Rd
Peoria, IL 61603

3014 N Prospect Rd Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Illinois Cancer Center

8940 N Wood Sage Rd
Peoria, IL 61615

Shriners Hospitals for Children

2900 Rocky Point Drive
Tampa , FL 33607

IVY Club of Peoria Heights Legacy Wall

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