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GEORGETOWN, ILL. - Michael Lee Murdock, 66, of Georgetown and formerly of Cayuga, Ind., passed this life at 9:40 a.m. CST Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Michael was a lifelong resident of the area, born on Jan. 6, 1951 in Danville, the son of Howard L. And Betty J. Murdock.
He married Kimberly J. Hershberger on June 22, 2000. She survives.
Michael is survived by his mother, Betty (Tom) Nolen-Rodriguez of Danville; sons, Michael L. (Denise) Murdock of Westville, Randall A. (Sabrina) Murdock of Crawfordsville, Ind., and Ronald Jason (Holly) Murdock of Kingman, Ind.; step-daughter, Tabitha Dyer of Attica, Ind.; step-son, Joe (Tanya) Cope of Hillsboro, Ind.; brother, Greg (Cindy) Nolen of Gessie, Ind.; sister, Nancy Murdock of Raleigh, N.C.; niece, Karen R. Norman; nephews, Sam Foster, Emery Foster, and Kevin A. Copsy; 20 grandchildren, Doug, Rachelle, Destiney, Michael, Jacob, Aundrea, Victoria, Aurora, Vanessa, Daniel, Tyler, Adrianna, LeeAnna, Ana, Jonus, Ethen, Bruce, Romin, Trinity, and Grissom; six great-grandchildren, Jayden, Anessa, Melanie, Aidyn, Jace, and Xavier; two more too come soon, and longtime friend, Mike Morgan.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Howard Murdock; George Nolen, Jr.; Lois Murdock; grandson, Randall Murdock, II, and former wife, Louise Hutson.
Michael was a graduate of North Vermillion High School class of 1969, and received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1987. Michael was a 38 year member of the Freemason's (32and Degree) and belonged to Perrysville Unity Lodge #344. He was also a member of Terre Haute Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite #114. He worked as a machinist in his early years before becoming a teacher and retiring in 2010. Michael had a large love of sports, primarily baseball (Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves), diehard Hoosier basketball fan, and football (Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts). Michael enjoyed coaching youth sports from little league baseball, high school baseball and softball, even time as a basketball coach. Above all Michael loved his family and friends whether he showed it or not, and he lived for his boys. Michael is gone to soon, but in our hearts forever. To help others, Michael was a donor through Illinois Gift of Hope.
Funeral services: 1 p.m. EDT (Indiana) Thursday, March 16, at DeVerter Funeral Home in Cayuga, Ind.; Officiating: Pastor's Troy Horne and Garry Farris; Burial: Thomas Cemetery in Newport, Ind.; Visitation: 10 a.m. EDT (Indiana) until time of services with Masonic Rites by Perrysville Unity Lodge #344. Michael's wishes were for casual dress. Please feel free to wear your favorite sports attire in Michael's honor. Contributions may be made to American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Condolences: www.deverterfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 14, 2017
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