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“My first job was at Dinos pizza and it was Pete who interviewed me for the position. It was way back around 1975 and I was just 17 then. He was funny...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Tami - OH

“So very sorry . Till we meet again , Sweetheart<3 Pete & I shared 4 of the best years of my life. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Anita Kinman - Dry Ridge, KY

“Over the past several years when Pete came to Florida, we spent many happy hours fishing, working on equipment, eating pizza and often just talking. ...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Dean May - Cape Coral, FL

“We are so sorry for your loss with Pete's passing. He was a very unique and special man with a big heart and a kind soul. He will be missed by me...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Sharon Heimerl - Naples, FL

“Our hearts are deep with sorrow with the loss of such a close friend. He will be missed daily. We all must remember the good times and what a great...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Larry & Patty Holt - Columbus, OH

“What a shock it was to see that Pete has passed away. I started working with him when he first bought Joshua`s Lounge. He was a great boss and a good...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Suzi Haley Hasbrook - columbus, OH

“We always thought so much of our good friend and former neighbor Pete. Living across the street from Pete for 10 years was a treat. Pete was a...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: john and carolyn (luke) Howard - OH

“I will miss Pete's humor and our monthly poker at Al's house.My sypathy to the family. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Dave Thomas - Westerville, OH

“For most of my childhood and teenage years I always wanted to be like my Uncle Pete, Successful in business and enjoying life. As I became an adult I...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Randy Maxwell - Gahanna, OH

“I have been blessed to have had Pete in my life for the past 40 years. He has a special place in my heart that no one else will ever fill. I will be...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Linda May - Naples, FL

“My grandmother, Patricia Fern (Swoers) Minton always spoke so well of Ovid. I never knew what became of him. A good man all around. Rev. Randall,...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Randall Minton - Allensville, OH


Ovid "Pete" Murray, age 77, passed away on October 17, 2010 at his home in Gahanna, Ohio. Pete was born on February 13, 1933 in Vinton County, Ohio, to the late Emmett and Blanche Lacy Murray. Also preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly and his brothers, Quintin, Mel, Roy and Ron. Pete was on the cutting edge of the Pizza explosion in the 1960's and 1970's in Central Ohio. He was one of the original Pizza Entrepreneurs in Columbus, once owning 13 Dino's Pizza Restaurants in his company's largest days. Pete was in business for over 50 years and also owned several bars, pubs, jewelry shops and other businesses. He was an avid fisherman and golfer throughout his life. He most enjoyed playing golf and fishing with his brothers, nephews and many friends. Pete also was an avid Harness Racing fan, who owned a horse farm and horses in Circleville, Ohio. He enjoyed going to Scioto Downs and watching his favorite horses. In his later years he devoted most of his time and resources to his daughter, granddaughter and his last remaining business, Dino's Pizza and Pub. He will be remembered most for his keen intellect, business brilliance, boldness, humor and outstanding work ethic. Always quick witted with many jokes and one line funnies. Pete is survived by a daughter, Ovida Loreen McCracken of Gahanna; granddaughter, McKenzi Loreen McCracken of Gahanna; sisters, Evalee (Elbert) Maxwell of Gahanna and Imelda Chaney of Vinton County and many nieces, nephews, friends and business associates. Funeral services will be held 11 A.M. Thursday, October 21, 2010 in the Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home, 201 W. High St., McArthur, with Rev. Jim Taylor officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Vinton County. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. Please sign his online guestbook at www.cardaras.com

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