George Henry Murrmann passed away Feb. 11, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving daughters. He left the building in grand style with his loved ones singing karaoke of his favorite tunes until the end.
George Henry Murrmann was born in Perrysville, Ind. on Nov. 21, 1918, in an original Sears Catalog house on the family farm. His family had moved there to farm (built the Sears model house on their own) on Murrmann lane, as it was known. As the youngest of 12 children, his father, George J. proclaimed, Now I've got my dozen!
George graduated from Danville High School in 1937 as a decorated member of the swim team. He joined the Air Corps (later known as the Air Force) in 1942 for four years, eight mos., and 22 days. While in the Corps, he was an instructor responsible for instrument training on airplanes. After, he moved to Minneapolis to attend trade school to become a lithographer. (Linotype was once the only way type was set through a detailed process operating a large machine requiring dexterity and mechanical expertise.) After graduating, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Gannett at the Washington Star newspaper. In 1959, he met Danuta Caton (born Buczak in Poland) at a YMCA dance in Dupont Circle. They married within three months on April 11, 1959. After the birth of their daughters, Susan and Anita, they moved to Maryland and subsequently to Danville where George continued his work for another Gannett property, The Commercial-News. He retired in 1980 and enjoyed volunteering as a Red Vest for United Samaritan Hospital (now Presence) and as a volunteer in helping others learn to read.
After the passing of his wife, Danuta, in 1996, George continued volunteering and also took up euchre and became an avid player 4-5 days per week at CRIS (senior center) where he formed a long lasting set of friends. George also found acting and singing as a new passion. He had a vast repertoire of songs by the likes of Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Eddie Albert. He was a regular at the 610 Tap and Sarges for karaoke on Friday nights where he was an inspiration to a much younger crowd. He started acting the Katherine Randolph theatre and in 2014 with a role as the old cat in the production of Cats. He was the oldest person to appear in a musical and played Tinsworthy a DLO production of 9 to 5.
He enjoyed traveling to Europe (visiting his wifes family in Poland), Hawaii, cruises, and Vegas - anywhere where he could hear music. A longtime fan of the Price Is Right, George attended a taping of the Price is Right as a guest of CBS for his 90th birthday. When asked by Drew Carey what his secret to living a long life was, he replied, "I don't drink, I exercise, and I watch the 'Price is Right' everyday."
He is preceded in death by Danuta, his 11 brothers and sisters, and beloved pets that he would walk daily around Sunset Cemetery.
Daughters, Dr. Susan Murrmann and Anita Murrmann live in Memphis, Tenn. and Chicago, respectively. They will greatly miss their father who showed them how to truly live and that it is never too late to learn or try something new.
Services will be at Pape Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams, Danville on Friday, February 17, with visitation starting at 11:30 -1:30 p.m. with services starting at 1:30.
The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that a donation can be made in his honor to Danville Mission or Danville's Humane Society.
Published on February 14, 2017