Michael was born in Crawford, NE (above the grocery store) to Wayne and Sarah (Hills) McMurtry. He grew up in Ogallala, NE and graduated from Ogallala High School. Michael then attended and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan and, then, Iliff School of Theology. He served as pastor of the United Methodist Church for over 40 years. While serving the United Methodist Church, Michael loved to participate, organize, and chaperon youth and adult mission trips. While living in Ravenna, NE, he served as a volunteer EMT and Firefighter with the Ravenna Fire and Rescue. Michael served as a chaplain on the Chaplaincy Corps for Lincoln Fire and Rescue and the Lincoln Police Department for 28 years. He also served as Chaplain for Bryan Hospital after he retired from full-time ministry.
Michael was an avid reader all of his life. He continued to be active in Christ United Methodist Church and enjoyed cooking several Wednesday Night Bites and Thanksgiving Dinners at the Church. Michael enjoyed traveling, both foreign and domestic. He traveled to Europe with Michele and Nancy, to Disney World (several times) with his grandchildren, and to Panama, Alaska, PNW, and many other places with his wife.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Sarah McMurtry; his first wife, Nancy Lou (Wray) McMurtry; and his sister, Pat Pike.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter, Michele; his grandchildren, Lara, Hana, and Kinsey (Kai); his great-grandchild, Elena; and his Shiba Inu, Foxy.
Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 4, at Christ United Methodist Church at 4530 A St, Lincoln, NE 68510.
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