HAZARD — The Southeast Kentucky region lost a beloved citizen over the weekend. Bob Murr passed away Saturday at the age of 87. Many people know Bob Murr from his work with Camp Nathanael in Emmalena. For years, Murr toured schools throughout the area as part of Camp Nathanael’s school program. He sang songs, told stories and even incorporated his ventriloquist talents into the act. Murr produced two radio shows for WSGS and WKIC in Hazard. His Camp Nathanael series also aired on WKCB radio in Hindman.
Bob Murr was born in Colorado. Nearly all of his life was spent as a missionary of the Holy Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ. It was missionary work that first brought Murr to Southeast Kentucky in 1951, which was the same year he became an ordained minister. He served as the voice of the Moments of Truth radio program for more than 40 years; that is a longer stretch than Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story radio segments spent on the air. Murr also voiced the Camp Nathanael radio program for more than 30 years, with children often participating in the show along with the colorful and lovable characters Murr created and used in his ministry.
Camp Nathanael first opened in 1932. Much of the camp’s existence has unfolded with Bob Murr as part of the team. Within that time, thousands of children have received the opportunity to participate in family oriented events and enjoy the summer camp experience without the worry of financial burden.
Bob Murr expressed love for exploring the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Photography was among his many joys. He was known for having a great sense of humor, sharp wit and a warm heart. Bob was also commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel, and he received the Admiral Award.
Visitation for Bob Murr will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Feb. 24 at the Cutshin Bible Church in Yeadiss. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Feb. 25 at the church. The arrangements are being handled by Dwayne Walker Funeral Home of Hyden.
Bob Murr is survived by his loving wife, Carol Murr of Wooton, two sons: Timothy J. Murr and Maria of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Mark David Murr and Linda of Virginia, one daughter: Melody Dubois and Gary of Berea, one sister: Florence Burch and Lester of Colorado and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by thousands of people throughout the mountains, who appreciate his work and will miss him greatly.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.