Robert Barton “Bob” Murray was born Oct. 6, 1929, the second son of Barton and Bessie Murray. He was born, raised and educated in Fort Benton and, after graduation, he entered the College of Education in Great Falls. The following year, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was on active duty for one year and reserve for five. After being discharged from the service, Bob entered the College of Mortuary Science in San Francisco, where he graduated and returned to Montana. He was then employed by O'Connor Funeral Home in Great Falls.
In the spring of 1952, he married Margaret Farrington of Fort Benton and they lived in Great Falls and Livingston before moving to Billings in the fall of 1955. In 1957, he returned to college and graduated from the University of Montana, receiving his degree in accounting and becoming a CPA. Returning to Billings in 1959, he was employed by Midland Bank until 1967. At that time he opened his own accounting office. Bob never retired. After closing his downtown office, he moved his accounting practice to his home where he continued his work.
Bob was a lifetime member of the Elks and a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He also belonged to the NILE 200 Club where he served as president. While living in Worden, he was a member of the local Lions Club. He was also a member of the Laurel and National CPA organizations.
He remained living and working in Billings until he sustained a head injury from a fall and was placed in a nursing home. He passed away the morning of Nov. 4, 2010.
Bob is survived by his wife Margaret and their children, Tim (Teena), Robyn Anne, Michele, Brian, Katie (Jim) Day, and Barry (Ann); and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Lewis; and one grandson.
Visitations will begin Monday morning, Nov. 8, at the Smith Downtown Chapel. The vigil service will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, at Smith Downtown Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at St. Bernard's Parish, with rite of committal to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.