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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • William Gail McMurtry

  • William Gail McMurtry, age 90, died Saturday, January 14, 2012, in Chico, California of pneumonia. William was a man of character and dignity. He was known for his kindness, optimism, sense of humor, and good judgment. William loved his family above all else, especially his wife of 65 years, Georgiann, who preceded him in death by only seven weeks.

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    William Gail McMurtry, age 90, died Saturday, January 14, 2012, in Chico, California of pneumonia. William was a man of character and dignity. He was known for his kindness, optimism, sense of humor, and good judgment. William loved his family above all else, especially his wife of 65 years, Georgiann, who preceded him in death by only seven weeks.

    William was born on June 12, 1921, in Marysville, California, to Julia Anderson and William E. McMurtry. He spent his early years on the family farm in the Sutter Buttes. When William was in his early teens, the family moved to Gridley and William attended Gridley High School. Upon graduation from Gridley High, William attended Yuba College in Marysville. While at Yuba College, William ran on the college track team. William graduated from Yuba College in 1942 and enlisted in the United States Maritime Service. He attended radio school in Boston and subsequently made several trips across the Pacific as the chief radio operator on Merchant Marine ships.

    At the end of World War 11, William returned to Gridley and on August 18, 1946, married Georgiann Richardson. William and Georgiann settled in Gridley and William worked with his father and brothers on the family farm. William and Georgiann had two children, Gail Anne and Loyce Jean.

    In 1962, William began a new career with Hunt Wesson Foods in Yuba City. He worked for Hunts until his retirement in 1983. William was very active in the Gridley community. He was a member of the Gridley Kiwanis Club, the Gridley Moose Lodge, and the North Butte Masonic Lodge. William served on the Gridley City Council from 1962 – 1967 and was the Mayor of Gridley from 1967 – 1970.

    Upon retirement, the family relocated to Chico. William loved retirement as it gave him time to spend with his grandchildren. He faithfully attended almost all of their activities and sporting events. William also loved to hunt, fish, play cribbage, golf, and watch 49er football. Some of his fondest memories were of the summer vacations with his family and friends at Lake Madrone and Lake Almanor. William and Georgainn traveled extensively including trips to China, Australia, Russia, Alaska, and Europe.

    William is survived by his sister, Kathryn Bryan; sister-in-law, Carol McMurtry; daughter, Loyce (Donald) Camy; son-in-law, Peter (Robin) Lucas; grandchildren, Elizabeth (R.J.) Blackwell, Morgan Camy, and William Camy, and great-grandchild Morgan Georgiann (Gigi) Blackwell. William is also survived by four nieces and three nephews.

    William was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Georgiann, daughter, Gail McMurtry Lucas, parents, Julia and William E. McMurtry, brothers, Gene and Hazen, sister-in-law, Nancy Liebman, and brother-in-law,u Jim Bryan.

    A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at St Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church, 228 Salem Street, Chico, California 95928. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in William’s name to St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church.

    Arrangements are under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home. Condolences may be made online at www.BrusieFH.com.

     

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