Richard “Tyler” Murray, 84, of Rotonda West, Fla., died on his 28th wedding anniversary, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
He was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Butler, Pa., the son of Hazel Shrake Murray and George W. Murray Sr.
Tyler graduated from Butler High School in 1948, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952. Part of his service was aboard the USS Wasp — CV18. Following the Navy, he was hired into Armco (America Rolling Mill Company), which later became A-K Steel. He began in the Strip Shears Department, and retired in 1990 as superintendent processing maintenance.
Tyler served as president of the Armco Management Club from 1979 to 1980. A member of the Armco Country Club, he served on the board, and he was an avid golfer, known for his strict adherence to the rules. He was remarkable for his sense of fairness and honesty — in golf and in life. Tyler arranged annual golfing trips to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for 20 years, for about 20 fellow golfers.
A history buff who had a special interest in the Civil War, he visited many different battlefields over the years. To accompany him was to enjoy your own private tour guide. Tyler knew all of the generals and their strategies from pouring over his many books and maps.
He enjoyed hiking, and did several weeklong hikes on the Appalachian Trail, as well as hiking other shorter trails. Tyler loved dancing, and he and his wife Tammee were members of the Butler Two-Steppers Club for many years. Biking was another of his favorite activities, and in 2002, at the age of 72, he completed a 150-mile, two-day bike ride from Butler to Meadville, Pa., then to Erie, Pa., to raise money for MS.
Tyler was a proud member of Argyle Lodge 2540 in Chicora, Pa., and served as master in 1961. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living past master of his lodge. In Rotonda West, he drove for the Neighborhood Watch for several years, and was a member of American Legion Post 113.
He was a cancer survivor for 32 years, having fought three battles with the disease in his lifetime. Tyler gifted his body for anatomical scientific study and medical research and education. He hoped that he might benefit future generations in some small way. Tyler loved poetry, and will be well-remembered by his friends for his recitations by memory of “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service. On his 80th birthday, he delighted party-goers with a full rendition.
He is survived by his loving wife, Tamara Zoe “Tammee” Murray; beloved daughters, Sherry Ann Worstell of Maryville, Ohio, and Tracy Lynn Hack and Elaine Marie Foguth of Butler; stepdaughter, Melissa Zoe Barlow of Annville, Pa.; stepson, Brady Garth Hood of Shrewsbury, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marian Murray of Butler; three nieces; and a nephew. Tyler was preceded in death by his brother, George W. Murray.
Heartfelt gratitude to Tidewell Hospice and all who helped him to make a smooth, peaceful passage.
A quote from one of his favorite poems had personal meaning in his last months: “Oh Captain, my Captain, our fearful trip is done ...”
Farewell to an extraordinary human being, husband, father, grandfather and friend.