Robert B. Murray, well-known Wirt County educator, has died at the age of 85.

Mr. Murray graduated in 1935 from Newell High School and then entered the WVU Forestry School in 1938. Having volunteered for the Army in the fall of 1941, he was serving in Alaska when war was declared Dec. 7, 1941. While there from 1941-1944, he was stationed at Kodiak and Adak.

He came home to Parkersburg in May of 1944, and he and Winifred Murray became officially engaged. On July 29, 1944, his Army chaplain from the Aleutians married the couple in his home. Mr. Murray was also a Korean veteran.

After his release from the Army, Mr. Murray pursued a life-long vocation in education. During his career, he served as a teacher and principal in a one-room school, as a principal of 600 students in a bilingual elementary school in Arizona, directed a model school at Palestine, W.Va., and was founder and teacher for the "gifted program" in the Elizabeth School System of Wirt County.

Mr. Murray attended the Elizabeth Nazarene Church, was a member of the United Methodist Church of Llano, Texas, and a founding member of the St. Marks UMC in Tucson, Ariz.

Mr. Murray is a past president of the Resource Conservation Development Project and a member for 17 years. He also served as the vice president of the Mid Atlantic Association of the RCD.

Bob is survived by his wife, Winifred Hoyt Murray; four daughters, Sandra Mace of Elizabeth, the Rev. Dr. Heather Elkins of Madison, N.J., Brucilla Campbell of Rowland, Pa., and Tamara Murray of Honesdale, Pa.; a brother, William Benton Murray of New Cumberland, W.Va.; grandchildren, Murray Mace of Parkersburg, Krista Sims of Palestine, Rob Roy Mace of Huntington, Daniel Elkins of Bordentown, N.J., Ian Laurelin of Los Angeles, Calif., and Laurel Murray of Honesdale, Pa.; and three great-grandchildren, Camuran Mace, Madison Mace and Adeline Sims.

Memorial funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Elizabeth Nazarene Church, with the Rev. Ray Whiteman officiating. There will be no visitation.

The family has requested that donations be made to the Robert B. Murray Memorial Fund at Wesbanco of Elizabeth. The fund will be used to carry on Mr. Murray's love for educational and missionary endeavors.