Attorney Richard B. “Dick” Murray

May 19, 1936 ‒ April 01, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Attorney Richard B. “Dick” Murray, age 83, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Knox Community Hospital.  He was born on May 19, 1936 in Coshocton, Ohio the son of Ross and Lynna (Murray) Murray.

Dick graduated as Senior Class President from Coshocton High School in 1954 and would earn his undergraduate in history from The Ohio State University.  On September 8, 1961 he would marry the love of his life Susan Wallace. Dick was first employed by Edmont Wilson in Coshocton where he worked for 17 years before moving to Mount Vernon to serve as plant manager.  While working his full-time day job and raising his family, Dick spent his evenings attending Capital Law School, earning his law degree at the age of 40. He then co-founded Murray & Rauzi Law Firm in Mount Vernon, later to be joined by Korey Kidwell, where he served the public until his retirement in 2014 after 37 years of service.

Dick served as a past president for the Rotary Club, Knox County Bar Association, Homestead Club, Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Knox County.   He also served as the local attorney for Kenyon College, the Village of Danville and was a long-time member of the Mount Vernon and Knox County Library Board.

In his free time Dick enjoyed listening to music, especially jazz and Dixieland jazz, reading and photography.  He played the drums and was a member of the Moonlighters jazz group for many years. He also enjoyed serving as a curator for the Urton Clock House Museum at Ariel Foundation park.

Most of all, Dick enjoyed his companionship with family, friends and colleagues over a good lunch or supper, where many would refer to him as “Smoke”, his high school nickname.  He was a faithful member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, where he enjoyed the discussions and meals with fellow church members.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Susan (Wallace) Murray; two children, Robyn Murray and Ross Murray.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will observe a private service at a later date.  The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Attorney Richard B. “Dick” Murray.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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  • Dick was one of the nicest people I have ever known. He was plant manager at Edmont when I worked there. He always had time to say Hi And chat a little. We were sad to see him leave. He was a very good attorney too. he will be missed. He was truly one of the good ones; condolences to Susan and his children. Pat Hall

    • Thank you for the kind words, Pat. I have fond memories of Edmont as a child. Especially the Christmas parties with Jiggs as the best Santa ever, the ice cream sandwich machine in the lunch room, and the employee garden in back that produced more zucchini than my neighborhood knew what to do with.

  • Susan and family, so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. We always enjoyed the evenings spent socializing with you and Dick. His professional reputation was well known in the community and his intellect combine with his common sense made him a rare commodity in today’s world. I always trusted and relied on his council when we both served on the public defenders board of trustees.
    His witty personality was always appreciated in any social group gathering. He loved to tell a good story as well as hear one. He will truly be missed.
    Prayers to you and the family.
    Dennis & Diana Snyder

    • Dennis & Diana, thank you for sharing your kind words. He certainly had a lot of good stories to tell!

  • Dick was one of the best men I have ever known. He was a great employer and a good friend. He will be greatly missed by many. Susan and family so sorry for your loss.

    • Thank you so much, Vickie. I know he thought of you as a great employee and friend as well. Hopefully before too long we will be able to all get together and remember him.

  • Dick was truly a good man. As good a neighbor as anyone could have asked for growing up (and far better than I deserved) – he and Susan helped my family in too many ways to count. May he Rest In Peace –

    • Thanks, Greg. We were lucky to have a nice neighborhood to grow up in. Your mom was always there for us as well. Best wishes to you and your family to stay safe and healthy in the months ahead.

  • My condolences to Mr. Murray’s family. Mr. Murray was one of the smartest, kindest people I know. He helped so many people and I know he is getting his just rewards. RIP, Mr. Murray.

    • Thank you for sharing that, Beth. I knew he helped a lot of people, but I’m probably going to find there were many I didn’t even know about.

  • A fine man who will be greatly missed by all. I am glad to have known him. Condolences to the family.

  • Susan, Rob and Ross – We are so so sorry about your loss. Dick and all of you have been an important part of the Dilley family probably since we moved to MTV in ’72. His kindness, humor, and friendship meant the world to us. He will be greatly missed.

    • Thank you so much, Anne & Chris. Dad decided to go on Pete’s birthday, so there is another link between our families. Pete & Mary were great neighbors and friends for mom and dad for a long time. Hopefully someday soon we’ll be able to get together and share some happy memories.

      • Anne, I’m so sorry I got confused about your dad’s birthday. It is quite a coincidence they passed on the same date, and I can hear them both having a good laugh about it.

  • Dear Susan, Ross and Robyn,
    My heart is breaking for you and for all of us who counted Dick a friend. He was one of a kind. I loved working for him and with him. He was always so thoughtful and kind.. I loved talking with him and I will miss our talks terribly but most of all I’ll just miss my friend, The Angel band just gained a great drummer.
    I wish I could hug you but until I can my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Thank you so much, Vickie. It’s so good to hear people say how much they liked working with dad. And he was lucky to have great employees and friends like you. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Susan and Family – When I think of Dick, the first thing that comes to mind is, “gentleman.” I can still see and hear him laughing at some of Dan’s silly stories and jokes. Please know I’m thinking of you, and hope to see you before very long.

    • Thank you very much, Susan. Gentleman is a great description of him, and there doesn’t seem to be too many of them. I’m sure he and Dan shared many good laughs. And mom is grateful to have people like you to share what she’s going through. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Sending hugs and prayers to Susan and family. Dick has not only been a longtime advocate and library board member, he has been an active supporter of so many things that make Knox County better for all of us.

    One of my favorite memories is the way he would smile every time he greeted someone. It was a warm and genuine smile–one that said you mattered–and he was quick to share a laugh . What a rare gift to share with so many. RIP until we all meet again.

    • Thank you so much your kind words and vivid description of dad. The library certainly had a special place in dad’s heart.

  • Dear Susan, Ross and Robyn,

    I’m remembering Dick as a cherished friend and someone Carlos and I thought of as family. Over the years, we saw in him a wonderful husband, father and son. Plus, his commitment to community was exemplary and appreciated by everyone in Mt. Vernon and beyond. I shall miss his voice, his counsel, his stories/jokes and the laughter he generated in all of us. May you be comforted in knowing how special he was to so many.

    In sincere sympathy and love,

    Bunny Watkins

    • Thank you so much, Bunny. Mom & Dad had so many good times with you and Carlos, and I was lucky to be part of many of them. Take care, and hopefully some day soon we can get together and relive some good memories.

  • I feel fortunate to have had Dick as family. I am so glad we have been able to stay in touch these past few years. Susan, you and Dick were such a pleasant couple to be around. The times you shared with Mom brought her much joy. She loves remembering those good times and shared many laughs with you both. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Much love, Velma

    • Thank you, Velma. As our family is so small, I know dad always loved any opportunity to spend time with family members like you and your mom.

  • Dick was a very special fellow and a wonderful part of our family. We so enjoyed having him with us during our family gatherings. He was always so interesting and knowledgeable about so many things and brought much fun to conversations with our group. He was a good husband, father and friend and we will surely miss him.

    • Thank you, Aunt Jean. I know dad really enjoyed becoming a part of your family as well. We had a lot of good times, and hopefully soon we’ll be able to get together to remember those and have some new ones.

  • Susan & family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Dick ‘s passing. I am thinking of you and your family. I know what it is like to loose your husband and all of the memories help you get through it. ❤️
    Vicki Coleman

    • Thank you very much, Vicki. I’m sure mom’s friends like you will be so important and helpful going forward. Hopefully she’ll be able to see all of you again soon.

  • Susan and family:

    Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time. When I think of Dick, I remember a man with a great smile, engaging personality, and one that his demeanor never changed.
    Your love for each other was easily seen anytime you were seen together.
    His dedication to his career and community involvement was admired by many, not only in dealing with him, but from a distance, as well.
    Vickie so enjoyed working with, and for him, and respected and loved him greatly for his interest and concern shown to her.
    I am thankful I have had his friendship in my life, as well as yours.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you until I can offer a warm hug in person.

    In Friendship,

    • Thank you very much for the kind words, Roger. I know dad thought highly of you, Vickie and your family as well. It will be nice when we will all be able to get together to remember him.

  • Susan, Ross, and Robyn
    Your husband and father, was and always will be one of the most honest men I’ve ever known. He never missed calling me on my birthday. He touched so many lives and my life is so much better for having known him. He will forever be missed.

    • Thank you very much, Kerry. You are right, honesty was certainly one of his many great qualities. And I know he always enjoyed keeping in touch with you. Best wishes to you to stay safe any healthy in the months ahead.

  • So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May the Lord be with you in your time of grief.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your condolence, Jeff. May you and your family and friends be safe and healthy in the coming months as well.

  • Hi Susan,
    I am so sorry for yours do Ross’s loss. Dick was such a great guy, I always enjoyed any time I was able to spend with him and your family, you always made me feel so welcome. Dick will be greatly missed and I will always carry such fond memories of him. Susan, I hope you come to NYC often, I would love to spend time with you. When things get back to safe traveling I’ll make a trip with Robyn out to see you. I miss and love you and am sorry I cannot be there to support you during these present conditions, but know you are in my thoughts, my heart and my prayers. Please keep yourself well. Stay safe, stay strong, stay smart and stay sane through these hard times. Thank you for being the kind and wonderful people you are.
    All my love,

    • Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Norell. We all enjoyed meeting you on our trips to New York. I know things are particularly difficult there now, so be careful, stay safe and we’ll hopefully be out there to see you again soon.

  • Susan & family….

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

    It is never easy to lose someone; however they will be waiting
    for us.

    Will be thinking of you.

    God Bless,

    Susan Murray-Guilliams
    Gerald “Jake” Murray, widow

    • Thank you Aunt Susan. We’ll be thinking of you as well. Take care and stay safe and healthy in these coming months, and we hope to see you again soon.

  • Dear Murray family,
    So sorry for your loss of such a kind man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Allison Fraser Ernsberger & family
    Margaret Fraser & family.

    • Thank you Allison & Margaret for thinking of us. Best wishes to you and your family for staying safe and healthy.

  • Oh the good times we have had together through the years.

    So wish I could be there but instead will send you all hugs via this message.

    Much love
    Judy Fisher

    • Thanks for the hugs, Judy. We sure did have some fun times. Stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you again soon.

  • So sorry for your loss. Everytime I am in the old neighborhood, I think of the times you invited me into your home to play. May God bless you in your suffering and bring to light all the happy memories you share.

    • Thank you for sharing that, Leah. We were certainly lucky to live in our neighborhood as kids, with all of our good neighbors. Take care and best wishes for staying safe and healthy to you and your family.

  • To family and friends, I send my deepest sympathies. Dick was a wonderful person, always friendly and kind. He contributed so much to our community. He will be missed. May the love and friendship we offer give you strength and comfort at this difficult time. Peace be with you.

    • Thank you so much for your kind and comforting words, Joyce. He will certainly be missed by many. Peace be with you as well.

  • Susan and Family

    Sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was our attorney until he retired. We had the greatest respect of his knowledge and appreciated his friendly nature. We considered him more of a good friend. He will be greatly missed by anyone who knew or worked with him. Marilyn and I both worked with him at First-Knox. Ross went to school with our oldest son, Alan.

    We will keep you in our prayers.

    Bruce and Marilyn Hite

    • Bruce and Marilyn, thank you very much for sharing that. I know dad enjoyed working with you and your friendship. And Alan was a great classmate and bandsman who is greatly missed by our class as well. Take care and be well.

  • Susan and Family, so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing! He was such a treasure to the community and those who knew him! I’m especially thankful for his counsel and assistance with my real estate closings. Appreciated his wisdom and kindness! A great loss here but rest assure the he is enjoying the Lord’s embrace!

    • Thank you very much, Patricia. It is so good to hear how much people enjoyed working with dad. And he certainly was kind and wise. Take care.

  • Susan, I’m sending you hugs from Arizona. Many people have said what a kind gentleman Dick was, and that is so true. The two of you together had such sunshine about you! What a gift to the rest of us.


    • Thank you for sharing that, Patti. I will make sure mom sees it. It’s so nice to hear from so many people that dad touched. And you are so right about mom and dad together. Take care.

  • Susan I am so sorry for your loss Dick was such a wonderful man I enjoyed waiting on you two at the alcove over the years you two are some of my favorite people he will be very missed. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to contact me. Tammy

    • Thank you very much, Tammy. I know how much dad and mom always enjoyed seeing you at the Alcove as well. We’re lucky to hear how much dad meant to so many. Take care.

  • So sad to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a true gentleman and I enjoyed working with him at the court house. He also was very kind and helpful when I sold my home. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Sincerely, Rose Ann Oberfield

    • Thank you very much for sharing that, Rose Ann. I think kind and gentleman are apt descriptions of dad, and it is very nice to hear from so many who agree. Take care.