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James Roland Murray

James Roland Murray

James Roland Murray, 81, lifelong area resident, died Friday, February 9, 2018 at Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, MN.

He was born in Superior, WI, September 23, 1936, the son of Roland T. and Dorothy M. (Harper) Murray.

James married the love of his life, Judy (Erickson) Hansen, December 11, 1981, and they celebrated thirty-six years of marriage before his passing.

Jim served his country honorably in the United States Army, and served his community as a Deputy Sheriff with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, as well as with the Douglas County Fire Department for over twenty-five years before his retirement in 2002.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He especially loved to travel with his wife.

Jim was the former owner of The Old Town Gallery in Duluth. He was also a member of many organizations including, The Elks Lodge #403, American Legion Post 499, American Military Retired Association, Secretary of the Grand Investment Association Organization - Duluth, United Northern Sportsman, Mind Weapons Collectors, a life member of the Dakota territory Weapons Collectors, as well as a member of the Cody Museum, Retired Firefighters Association, Wisconsin Deputy Sheriff's Association, NRA, and The Retired Enlisted Association.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Judy; daughters, Kathy Murray-Cook and Cynthia Murray, both of Las Vegas, NV; grandsons, Patrick and Derrick; step-sons, Scott Hansen, North Branch, MN and Steven (Ruth) Hansen, St. Cloud, MN; sister, Patricia (Donald) Correll, Superior, WI, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Tom Murray.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church, 1410 Baxter Avenue, Superior, and will continue until the 11:00 AM Memorial Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Fr. Andrew Ricci as celebrant.

Burial will take place later this year in the State Veterans Cemetery in Duluth.

Pallbearers for the service will be members of the Superior Fire Department.

Members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department will be recognized as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

The Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Avenue, Superior, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence or sign the guestbook, please visit our website at