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“I took care of Murray while he was receiving chemo treatments at the VA. He was a wonderful, kind man. I am honored and blessed to have known him. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Deanna Colson - Des Moines, IA

“I met Murray in 2007, he was a daily customer at my place of employment. Murray always had a good story to tell and always showed concern for others...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Rory Bentley - Ackley, IA

“Dear Jeremy and Melissa, I am very sorry for your loss. When I was young I was asked the rhetorical question: Who's the best dad in the world? My...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Lindsay Cohrs - MA

“Murray was a good person who always thought of others with his kindness. With Murray being an ISU fan and myself a lifetime Iowa fan we always had...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Michael Rote - Ankeny, IA

“My heartfelt condolences go out to Melissa, Jeremy and their families...my thoughts and prayers are with u all. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Tami Collins - Phoenix, AZ

“Murray was my father's nephew (Thomas McCabe). I saw him last in 2014 while I was visiting my Iowa kin. May you rest in peace, cousin, until we meet...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Rochelle Curtis (born McCabe) - CA

“Murray was one of our favorite people to ever come into the Ankeny Café, we considered him family! He will be truly missed by all. Murray and I...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Tami Hammerly - ankeny, IA

“Murray was one of the nicest people I knew. Will miss him so much. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Cathy DeMoss - Ankeny, IA


Murray E. Williams was born on March 16, 1948 to Floyd and Gladys Williams of Panora, Iowa. He died Sunday May 3rd from complications of cancer. Murray was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Kay (Williams) Eastman and Marilyn (Williams) Baker; and brother Ronald. He leaves behind a son, Jeremy Williams of Ankeny; daughter, Melissa Williams of Pearland, Texas; sister, Carol (Williams) Smith of Casa Grande, Arizona; and four grandchildren.

Murray grew up on a farm and was always happy that he did. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War from January 1968 and was honorably discharged December 1969. Murray was an Iowa State Cyclone fan and loved attending events, games and could always be heard cheering them on. In his retirement he usually had on an ISU Cyclone shirt or sweatshirt. He was a Senior Instructor at Lincoln Technical Institute for almost 20 years and also served as Training Officer. He retired from YRC (Yellow Roadway Corporation) in Urbandale as a Customer Support Specialist. Murray was a past member of the Ankeny Volunteer Fire Department and was a nationally registered EMT-A. He was a licensed pilot and loved flying for enjoyment.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Ankeny Public Library.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Memorial Service of Iowa, 4208 North Ankeny Blvd in Ankeny, IA at a future date to be determined with military honors. Interment of his cremains will follow the service.