Roger Murrell

Obituary of Roger Murrell

Roger Grantly “Grant” Murrell died peacefully at his residence in Virden, Il. on September 11, 2016 after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

Grant was a native of West Texas and was born in Hamilin, Tx. on April 17, 1960, to Max and Jane Orcutt Murrell. He moved, with his parents, to Merkel, Tx, at an early age, where he completed all of his primary and secondary education. He was a good student and athlete, lettering in football, basketball, and track.

In the fall of 1978, he enrolled at West Texas State University at Canyon, Tx., joined the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and graduated in the spring of 1982 with a BBA degree in Management. After graduation, he returned to Merkel where he worked in is father’s auto business until 1994 when that business was sold. He subsequently went to work at Lawrence Hall Chevrolet in Abilene, Tx.

He married Vickie Pieper in January 1997, and they continued to live in Abilene until 2008, when they moved to Virden, Il., which was where Vickie had grown up. He began a new career in the trucking business, and was the principal operator of Grant Murrell Trucking at the beginning of his illness in March, 2016.

Grant is survived by his loving wife, Vickie; his parents, Max and Jane Murrell of Montgomery, Tx.; his sister and her husband, Kathryn and Mark Deyo of Montgomery, Tx.; his step-daughter, Jamie Gibbs of Modesto, Il.; his step-son and wife, Jeremy and Michelle Pieper of Girard, Il.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; bro-in-law, Kelly Sonneborn and wife Kelly of Girard, Il.; a niece and a nephew, and numerous other relatives. Grant leaves behind many close friends and co-workers who were such an important part of his life. Grant was a loving son, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday (September 17, 2016) at Stults-Neece Chapel in Palmyra, Il. Private burial will be in Gilead Cemetery in Hettick, Il. The family requests that In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to your favorite charity. Condolences may be sent to the family online at