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“Took drum lessons off Mike for 4 years in high school. He roomed with my brother Jim at Indiana University at Pi Kappa Phi. His mother was my 8th...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Brian Wright - Mt. Vernon, IL

“Mike was the greatest guy, the most wonderful husband, father and friend. Holly, Kelly, Gabe and Beth, I am so very, very sorry. ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Denise Andrews - Lansing, MI

“Mike was a friend when he lived in Laingsburg, and although we lost touch over the years, he has often been in my thoughts. My sincere condolences...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Russ Moyses - Williamston, MI

“Mike was a fraternity brother, and a friend. Mike always had a smile, a laugh, and great outlook on life. I am thankful that the electronic media...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Dale Huffman - Avon Park, FL

“Our first great encounter was at band camp in Ortonville. Mike was a lot of fun and we kept students on watch for overhead flying geefus. Second...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: John and Rita Craig and Craig Families - MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family Mr McMurtrey. I will never forget you as the most wonderful teacher. I had you from 6th grade all the...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Stacie Monroe

“Such fond memories of Mr. McMurtrey as band director at Laingsburg public schools. You know he will be directing the angels choir in heaven. My...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Kay Witchell Kilmer

“I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Murtrey's untimely death. My favorite memories of him are all the times when our band sent him to "jail" for a...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Katie Nott - Steelville, MO

“I am so sad to hear of the passing of this man. My deepest condolences to his family. Mr McMurtrey was my music teacher in Laingsburg Middle and High...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Barbara (Washburn) Blackburn - MI

“Mike and I started our careers in Laingsburg back in the early '70's. We were kids just trying to get up to speed. He and I shared the end of the...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Robert Fineman - Laingsburg, MI

“So many great memories as Mike's neighbor in Frankfort, Indiana. He was a great friend and such a joy to be around. As the years passed, Mike...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Mike Templeton - Naples, FL

“Dear Holly, I am so terribly sorry to hear of Mike's passing. It was always so evident what a loving and happy couple you were. He had such a...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy zietlow - Holt, MI

“I am very sorry to hear of Mike"s passing. He was a wonderful fraternity brother who got along with everyone. Always kind, positive, and cheerful,...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Joe Vollmer - Indianapolis, IN

“I will greatly miss your sense of humor and your smile. Love you dear cousin Mikees ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Sara McMurtrey - Indianapolis, IN

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15 of 22 | Posted by: Tim Boyles - frankfort, IN

“Mr. McMurtrey was a patient and private man. He had a good sense of humor and the students took advantage of that. I was at Holt high school between...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Jillyn Cook Boldrey - MI

“I am truly sorry to hear this. ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Nancy J Emans - Indianapolis, IN

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18 of 22 | Posted by: Nancy J Emans - Indianapolis, IN

“I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Mike's passing. Mike and I were neighbors growing up, a few homes removed, and both next to Riley...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Dave Quick - Frankfort, IN

“Mr. McMurtrey was a great teacher, and I always appreciated his kindness, patience, and knowledge. My thoughts are with you during this difficult...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Julie Freeman

“I had the privilege of being one of his band students in 1988-1989. Great teacher and wonderful man. Rest in Peace, Mr. McMurtrey. Thank you for all...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Stacy - Student

“I was a student when Mr. McMurtrey arrived at Holt. What a great guy! He was an encourager and inspired us. I'm sad to know that he is suddenly gone...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Stephen P. Ward

McMurtrey, Michael Robert

Age 65, died on Monday, June 23, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident near his home in Spring Arbor. Mike is the beloved husband of Holly, generous and kindhearted father and grandfather to his surviving family. He is survived by his wife, Holly, daughters, Kelly (Eric) Shier and Beth (John) Milz and Gabriel Christensen. His grandchildren include Hannah and Ashton Kiffer, Bryce Shier and Peyton, Joslyn and Shelby Milz. He touched our lives in so many kind and positive ways. Mike is also survived by his brother, Jeff (Lois) McMurtrey. Mike had a passion for music and was able to share his passion for over 30 years as a Music/Band Director for Holt Public Schools. Mike was born in Frankfort, Indiana to James and Helen McMurtrey. He pursued his career in music at Indiana University earning a bachelor's degree. Mike moved to Michigan and attended the University of Michigan for his master's degree. When Mike retired, he became an active member of the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs and the Jackson Tuesday Musical where he served as a director and webmaster, designing and maintaining the club's website. As per Mike's wishes, he was cremated. No services will be scheduled at this time. The family deeply appreciates all the thoughts and prayers we are receiving during this difficult time. Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. McMurtrey may be made to the Cascades Humane Society 1515 Carmen Dr. Jackson, MI 49202 and/or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Michigan Great Lakes Chapter 4595 Broadmoor Ave S.E. Suite 230 Kentwood, MI 49512



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