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Willard Murrell, 83, dies in Bradenton, Florida

Celebration of his life, entombment, will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Successful Adair Countian retired to Florida after retirement from business in Ann Arbor, but always said his heart was in Adair County, at his "Old Kentucky Home," at Jericho, near Green River Lake.
Willard Murrell, age 83 years, of Bradenton, FL, formerly of Adair County and Ann Arbor, MI, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2006, in Bradenton, FL.
This obituary information is a courtesy of Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in Columbia, KY
The life celebration service will be on Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 11:00 A. M. at Nie Family Funeral Home in Ann Arbor, MI. Entombment will follow at Washtenong Memorial Park. Visitation is Wednesday, May 17, 2006, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

He was the son of the late Garrett and Ada Neat Murrell of Adair CO, KY.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Imogene McFarland Murrell and the following:
  • One son: Don Murrell and his wife Paula of Chelsea, MI

  • Five grandsons: Greg Koepp, Brian Koepp , Jeff Koepp, Brandon Murrell, and Robert Murrell

  • Two step granddaughters: Shauna Sikorski, Santine Sikorski

  • Six great grandsons, four great granddaughters and one step great granddaughter
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Ann K. Sikorski in 1996.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association or to charity of choice.

Started career at Willow Run Bomber plant in Illinois

After their marriage in Kentucky, Mr. Murrell and his wife lived in Illinois until Willow Run Bomber Plant needed people to help. The couple worked there until the end of World War II.

After that, the couple moved to Michigan, where he was the manager of a furniture and appliance store in Ann Arbor for 16 years.

In 1960, he and two Simon Brothers opened Big Georges Home Appliance Mart, in Ann Arbor. He was there until retirement, when he moved to Florida.

Heart was at "Old Kentucky Home" on GRL in Adair CO

He loved sports, golf, traveling in his motor home well as traveling to foreign countries, but his heart was at his Old Kentucky Home on Green River Lake in Adair County.

This obituary was made possible through the support of Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, established in 1922, located at 210 Greensburg Street in Columbia. To reach Louis and Brenda McQueary and Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, phone 270-384-2145, or call our 24-hour community obituary information line, 384-6999. E-mail: you trust, caring for people you love.

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