Stephen "Steve" Murray

Thursday, April 15th, 1954 - Friday, December 27th, 2019
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Stephen “Steve” Murray, 65, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville where he was surrounded by his family. He fought the most courageous battle of cancer and never complained. He instead chose to continue his passion for the Gospel and spread the word of his Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ.

Steve was born April 15, 1954 in Folcroft, PA to Harry & Elsie (Howlett) Murray. He graduated St. James High School and soon began his career in the air freight industry. Steve’s passion for business and others’ success was apparent in his 35 years of being an industry executive.

Steve and his wife Debra were the owners of Express Employment Professionals for 12 years and a member of the St. Joseph community for the last 15 years. They shared a passion for helping others, building business relationships and serving the community as local business owners. Steve’s leadership impacted many, as he was selfless with his time and commitment to others. Steve was a Director of the Gateway Services Board of Directors, President of SHRM, and a Rotarian. While holding the position of V. President of a new cargo airline, American International Freight, he served on the board of directors for the Continental Air Freight Association. One year he was elected the prestigious title of Air Freight Person of the Year. Working with Debra since 1996, they relished the daily challenges of an airline that literally moved the world of freight at night. Their friendship grew strong and in 1999, they married.

Steve loved playing golf and was a true fanatic of all sports. His excitement for professional athletes was contagious… but only if it was a Philadelphia team. Steve enjoyed playing the piano, his family and friends, loved spending time at the beach, playing billiards, reading, listening to music and playing with his dogs. His love for the outdoors kept him active and he enjoyed traveling with Debra.

Steve was a strong man of faith guided by his belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was an active member of his church, The Chapel an Evangelical Free Church, where he loved to spend time in worship and in Men’s Ministry. He discipled many as a mentor in the many groups at church and will not be forgotten by those who he impacted to make a personal difference in their lives.

Steve is survived by his wife Debra Murray of 20 years; daughters Annalise Murray and Taylor Murray; stepdaughter Jenifer Hoke; grandsons Nicco Jimenez and Jackson Hoke; brothers John (Barbara) Murray, Robert (Karen) Murray and Harry Murray. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Tom Murray and Michael Murray.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 4, 2020 at The Chapel, 4250 Washington Ave., St. Joseph with Pastor Phil Bubar officiating. Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Friday, January 3, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph as well as from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made to The Chapel Benevolent Fund. Those wishing to share a memory of Steve online may do so at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Friends may also visit with the family Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the church.
  • Service

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 11:00am
    The Chapel-An Evangelical Free Church - St. Joseph
    4250 Washington Ave.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Terry moskus

Posted at 04:09pm
Prayers and Love Terry & JIM Moskus
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Bobby, Kaitlin, and Olivia

Posted at 11:38am
Sending prayers of comfort and love to all of you- May God bless you and keep you in his arms forever. We love you Uncle Steve.
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Henry Miller

Posted at 01:07pm
A powerful man. I truly enjoyed being in his presence. He was not only a college Instructor of mine, but a friend who helped me land my job and a friend. My family appreciates all he has done for us and prays for his families healing. Rest In Peace my friend and mentor.

Jacqueline Miller

Posted at 11:19am
Dear Deb, Thinking of you and wish I could be there to support you during this challenging time. Steve is surrounding you with his love as he always has, hope that thought comforts you in the days ahead. You are blessed with so many memories! Take care, may 2020 bring you peace and adventure.
Love Jackie

Harwood Hgts Girls,Connie, Jackie, Jill & Maryann

Posted at 11:06am
Dearest Deb, We are sending our deepest condolences to you and the family. Hope a forest is planted in his name, he was a man to remember.
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