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Murray W. Telsworth

Died: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Age: 82
of Edwardsburg, Mich., went home to be with his Lord and Savior for his eternal rest in Heaven.

Murray was born July 21, 1930, in Goodrich, the son of Murray and Jennie Telsworth. On June 4, 1960, he married Lois Holiday, his cherished and very loved wife. They celebrated their golden anniversary on June 6, 2010.

Murray is survived by a son, Rodney (Laura) Telsworth of Centreville, Mich.; and three grandchildren, Bryan, Rachelle and Seth; a daughter, Cindy of South Bend; and four grandchildren, Kenneth, Timothy, Brittany and Justin; a daughter, Cherie (Marcus) of Battle Creek; and two grandchildren, Noah and Jonah. A son, Chris, died in 2001, leaving Kelly Erickson and two grandchildren, Brittany and Nathan, also Jan Muller, and granddaughter, Chelsea, all of Portland, Ore., and one great-granddaughter, Amelia Bennett.

Murray was preceded in death by his parents, Murray and Jennie Telsworth; son, Chris; and his only sibling, a brother, Donald.

Murray was a graduate of Central Michigan University, holding a master’s degree in natural resources/park administration. His college degrees were earned while working full-time. He served as manager of the Holly Recreational Area, Lakeport State Park and Walter J. Hayes State Park, all for over a 20 year period. Then for nearly 10 years he was superintendent of the Genesee County Parks and Recreation System near Flint. He was selected to serve as superintendent of Allegheny County Park, Recreation and Conservation Department, Pittsburgh, Pa. He was promoted after three years to Indiana State Parks, where he served nearly 10 years as the Northern Regional Supervisor, covering all the state parks within the north half of the state.

Tired of traveling, he changed careers and advanced upward to become administrator in charge of physical plant services for Lake Michigan College of Benton Harbor, until his retirement in 1996.

He was asked to work at Bethel College as sergeant in the security/safety department, a position he held until 2001 when he retired at 71 due to health reasons. Over his many years of employment, Murray earned numerous awards and commendations for outstanding achievements. The most recent was the Dr. Bernard C. Radde award for Distinguished Services rendered to Lake Michigan College of Benton Harbor.

Murray was a longtime member of the First Missionary Church in Niles, and over the years held various positions in the churches he has attended.

A Service of Remembrance was held Nov. 13 at his family church, First Missionary Church, Niles. Pastor Dan Miller officiated. Burial at Adamsville Cemetery, Edwardsburg. His neighbors will always remember him as being “joyful and smiling.” Memorial contributions may be made to his church, First Missionary Church, 33332 US-12, Niles, MI 49120.
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