David Murray, 65 of Mahnomen, Minn., died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at his home.
The funeral was held at noon on Monday at the Naytahwaush Sports Complex with Rev. Doyle Turner officiating. Visitation began at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Complex and continued until the funeral service Monday. Burial was in the Samuel Memorial Cemetery in Naytahwaush.
The Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger assisted the family with arrangements.
The pallbearers were Bill Masten, Mike Masten Jr., Melvin Brunner, Tully Wark, Brian Otto, James Headbird, James Johnson, Tom Oakgrove and Timothy Oakgrove.
The honorary pallbearers were the White Earth Honor Guard, Leech Lake Honor Guard, Red Lake Honor Guard and the Minnesota Patriot Honor Guard. Military rites were provided by the White Earth Honor Guard, Leech Lake Honor Guard, Red Lake Honor Guard and the Minnesota Patriot Honor Guard.
He was born March 15, 1943, to Fred and Madeline (Roy) Murray at the White Earth Hospital. He was raised near Roy Lake east of Mahnomen. He attended grade school in Naytahwaush and later Mahnomen High School. On Jan. 12, 1961, he entered the United States Air Force. He was assigned to the 1969 Communication Squadron and was stationed in England. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 27, 1964. He attended heavy equipment school in Joliet, Ill. He was employed by the City of Minneapolis as an equipment operator and later worked as a heavy equipment operator in road construction throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. On Nov. 11, 1975, he married Donna Jean Headbird in Bagley. He taught heavy equipment operation at the Leech Lake Satellite Program in Staples, Minn., from 1983-1992. He worked on a pipeline crew out of Brooks, Minn., for a few years and for Gordon Construction of Mahnomen until his retirement in 2001. He and his wife made their home in Naytahwaush until recently when they moved to Mahnomen. He enjoyed fixing things whether it was plumbing, mechanical or electrical. He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed beadwork and visiting the casino. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He also was a singer for the Cass Lake Ojibwa and White Earth Ojibwa singers. He was the commander of the White Earth Veterans Association Honor Guard, a member of the Isaacson-Bjorge Post 131 of the American Legion in Mahnomen and Post 284 of the American Legion of Cass Lake. He was also a member of the teachers union.
He is survived by his wife of Mahnomen; daughters, Nancy "Sam" (Robert) Greene of Minneapolis, Marilyn Rose (Melvin) Brunner of Minneapolis and Toni Sue (Frank) Bowstring of Cass Lake; sons, Sheldon (Terri) Quaderer of Minneapolis, Dale (Shirley) Greene of Malmo, Minn., and John (Lori) Raisch III of Laporte; brother, Benjamin (Delores) Azure of Mahnomen; sisters, Beverly Foster of Mahnomen and Minnie (Collins) Oakgrove of Red Lake, a sister-in-law, mother-in-law, 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, Donald and Fred; sisters, Marilyn, Philomene, Freida and Muriel; a brother-in-law and father-in-law.