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MURI, James (Jim)

Jim went home to be with the Lord on January 6, 2016 at the age of 82 years. He was dearly loved by family and friends.

He is survived by his son Tim (Edith) Muri of Kelowna BC and daughters Cindy (Dan) Bentley of Camrose AB, Judy (Bill) Marsh of Red Deer AB, and Krista (Stephen) Vikse of Camrose AB, 16 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Rita (Peder) Andreasen of Surrey BC.  Sadly, he was predeceased by his sister Jean.

On June 25th, 1933 in Frontier Saskatchewan’s local hospital Jim was born James Arnold to Andrew and Dagny Muri, a brother for Jean. He attended Halliwell School which was situated right next to his farmyard. The Muri family moved to Deep Cove BC in October of 1942 and settled in Burnaby BC a year later.

At approximately 18 years of age he purchased the family farm 12 miles southwest of Frontier SK from his parents.  His farming years, although short, were very enjoyable. 1955 was a very important year in Jim’s life. He started a house building enterprise in Burnaby but, most importantly, married the love of his life Gwen Jacobsen.

Jim met Gwen at a Luther League convention being hosted by First Lutheran, Jim’s home church.  Jim was an usher.  When Gwen went up to give a report Jim asked the other usher, Arvid Thomassen, who she was, not realizing that Arvid was Gwen’s sister’s brother-in-law.  Jim convinced Arvid that they should drive her home that evening and the rest is history.  They had a very happy and blessed marriage until Gwen’s passing in 2014.

Jim and Gwen raised their 4 children Tim, Cindy, Judy and Krista in Coquitlam. Jim and Gwen moved to Winfield in 2001 and to Kelowna in 2010. They attended Grace Lutheran Church which was a very important part of their lives and had many close friends there.

Jim always had time for his family and others and was always so kind.  Everyone loved him.  He always had a ready smile and encouraging words for all. He will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Road, West Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, 4837-52A St., Camrose, AB, T4V 1W8 or Wagner Hills Farms Society (for Ministry), 8061-264th St., Langley, BC, V1M 3M3 or Camp Luther Association, 9311 Shook Road, Mission, BC, V2V 7M2.

The video of Jim Muri’s service at Grace Lutheran can be seen at https://vimeo.com/152029940

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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The service for MURI, James (Jim) is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Grace Lutheran Church

1162 Hudson Road West Kelowna, BC


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  • Terry, Karen, Greg and Gloria Dash, Sheila Pettypiece and Brian Maguire says:

    Tim, Cindy, Judy, Krista and family,
    I just heard from my father about your dad’s passing. My mom was always very close to Jim and Gwen, and on behalf of my brother Greg, and sister Sheila (and our families), I wanted to offer our sincere condolences. Jim and Gwen were always very kind to us and I really enjoyed the visits to Blue Mountain Rd when I was young. Terry, Greg, Sheila and families

  • Curtis & Jewel Nestregard says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all Jim’s family. Jim was a wonderful friend to us from his time in Frontier on the farm. We were young and I was a bit wild but Jim was so mature and a good influence on me. Jewel & I have wonderful memories of the times with him and Gwen and especially when they came to Naknek, AK to visit us. It was very special. May all your memories of your wonderful parents help to fill the emptiness now that they have been promoted. What a joy to know we will see them again. We pray God’s blessing on you all and may He comfort your hearts.

  • Marilyn O. Dahl says:

    Tim, Cindy, Judy and Krista, I am saddened to learn from this website of the death of your father. I knew you all while I attended Good Shepherd Lutheran in Coquitlam, and in fact, we moved to Vancouver at the same time you all moved to Kelowna. They were wonderful people to know. May your good memories of such caring parents and grandparents sustain you all during this time of loss.
    God bless and comfort you all !

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