1991. In the Boy Scout troop begun in 1913 by his father, he was active as a scout, an assistant scoutmaster, and a scoutmaster in the 46 years from 1926-1972. He was a lifelong member of the First Congregational UCC Church; he served as Sunday School teacher, choir member, youth fellowship leader, trustee, and member of various committees over the years. He served on the Webster City Community School District Board of Directors, the Hospice-Respite of Hamilton County as volunteer visitor and on the executive board, and was a member of Birthday Club, and Diamond K Kiwanis. John's wife, Jean, died on May 21, 2010. He also was preceded in death by his parents and sister Nancy. He is survived by his siblings Barbara Rickey of Issaquah, WA, Charles McMurray of Webster City, and Mary Pigot of Halifax, Nova Scotia and by his five children: Ann Balderson of Rock Island, Illinois; Tom McMurray (Mary) of Iowa City: Murray McMurray (Paula Chuchvara) of Webster City; Caroline Cueno Bybee (Jerry) of Maquoketa; and Sarah Smith (Matthew) of Pena Blanca, New Mexico. John was the proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren; Jennifer Balderson Saintfort, Alan Balderson, Seth McMurray (deceased), Anya McMurray, John McMurray, Katherine Cueno-Toy, Nicole Cueno, Andy McMurray, Peter Cueno, Libby McMurray, Dylan Smith, Juliet Smith; and four great-grandchildren, Max and Luc Saintfort, and Sawyer and Cael Balderson. Gifts in memory of John may be made to the John McMurray Memorial Fund or to the First Congregational UCC Church, or to a choice designated by the donor. John's love of all growing things, but most of all the many trees and native prairie he planted near his house, has been passed down to each generation that followed, a legacy of reverence for the natural world. Say a prayer, send some wishes, look for a new star, listen for a new bird, or plant a new tree.