OTTUMWA — Murl Raymond Lindley, 95, of 910 W. Second St., died at 8:19 p.m. February 17, 2014 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.
He was born May 14, 1918 in Unionville, MO to John Russell and Dorothy Frank Piper Lindley, the seventh of 10 siblings. Raised on a farm south of Moulton, IA, he learned a strong work ethic.
After graduating from Moulton High School in 1937, he crisscrossed the country in search of employment which eventually led him to Silvis, IL. It was there that he secured a job with the Rock Island Railroad. It was also where he met the love of his life, Iris Irene Lewis and on July 25, 1941 they were joined in Holy Matrimony. Iris preceded him in death on February 10, 2002.
After retiring from the railroad in 1967, he could not be content at home doing nothing, so he purchased a farm in Drakesville, IA. He later moved to Ottumwa, IA in 1980. It was there he owned and operated a trailer park. During his time, he also drove a school bus for the Bloomfield and Ottumwa school districts.
Murl gave his life to Christ at the age of 23. He served Him faithfully at First Baptist Church of Silvis, IL, First Baptist Church of Bloomfield, IA and North Court Baptist Church in Ottumwa. He also performed his civic duties as an Alderman in Silvis, IL and Mayor of Drakesville, IA.
He leaves to cherish his memories his son, Norman (Doris) Lindley of Bloomfield, his daughter Gayle (Dewitt) Grant of Chicago, IL; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Gerald Lindley of Centerville; his sister, Hazel Franklin of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Janet Wallace; his brothers, Fred, Max, Holten, Harold and sisters, Faye Daniels, Mildred Appler and Mary Carter.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at North Court Baptist Church with Pastor Roger Hemmings officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline, IL.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Court Baptist Church.