Jeffrey Eugene Murrie, age 59, of Harrisburg, passed away at 12:15 AM, Saturday, August 22, 2020 at his residence.
Jeff was born on October 27, 1960 in Harrisburg, Illinois to Bob and Shirley (Robb) Murrie. On June 28, 1985 he married the love of his life, Ronita Rann.
Jeff was a 1979 graduate of Harrisburg High School and later attended SIC. Jeff served as the Saline County Treasurer from 2016 until his death. He was the owner/operator of Murrie’s Car Care from 1981-2019. Additionally, Jeff was Precinct #8 Committeeman from 2013 until his death. He was a 20 year member of the Harrisburg Lions Club serving two terms as President, two years as Zone Chairman; he also served as Lion Tamer and Tail Twister. He was also in charge of placing American flags in the city of Harrisburg on Holidays. Jeff was a proud member of the Saline County Republican Party.
Jeff loved his dogs, Oakley and Cooper and he tolerated Ronita’s cats. He enjoyed NASCAR and just about any other kind of auto racing. He enjoyed restoring his 1965 Corvair, which was a regular award winner in the 80’s. Jeff also enjoyed riding his bicycles, camping and pulling practical jokes. If you knew Jeff, you know he loved to laugh and to make others laugh.
Jeff loved his family and extended family. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend. However, Jeff loved his God most of all. He served as Sunday School Superintendant, Sunday School Teacher, church trustee, helped with Vacation Bible School and served on just about every committee in the church. He attended Mt. Moriah General Baptist Church in Creal Springs and was a member of 1st General Baptist Church in Harrisburg.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Ronita of Harrisburg; daughter, Rachel Murrie and fiancé, Cody Murphy of Thompsonville; daughter, Jenny Murrie of Harrisburg; mother, Shirley Murrie of Harrisburg; special nephew, Brandon Milligan and wife Jennifer of Harrisburg; great nephew, Laken Milligan of Harrisburg; special nephew, Josh Reed and wife, Val of Arvada, Colorado; sister, Cindy McCall and husband Bruce of Herrin; special family friend, Tanner Mosier of Harrisburg; father and mother-in-law, Ron and Brenda Rann of Harrisburg; brother-in-law, Ronald Rann, Jr. of Evansville, Indiana; brother-in-law, Chris Reed of Harrisburg; aunt and uncle, Earlene and Robert Abbott; special cousin, Jeanette Talamo and husband John of Westerville, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Bob Murrie; paternal grandparents, James Murrie and Ollie Murrie Kahtz; maternal grandparents Earl and Edna Robb and sister-in-law, Trudy Reed.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, Illinois. Pastor Ben Taylor and Pastor Robert Abbott will officiate. Visitation will be held at Reed Funeral Chapel from 9 AM until 11 AM, Saturday, August 29, 2020. Memorials may be made to Saline County Shop With A Cop and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.