Ernest Wilfred Mac Murray II passed away on February 8, 2014 in Seattle. He was born on May 11, 1937 to Marie and Ernest Mac Murray in Molson, WA. After spending his early years in the Okanogan area, the family moved to California where he attended Santa Monica High School. From 1954-1962 he was enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served on the USS Vance and the USS Oriskany.
In 1958 he married Stella Orne and they later moved to Blaine, WA to raise their family. Ernie retired from the U.S. Border
Patrol as a communications supervisor, where he received many accolades and awards.
Ernie was an award-winning artist. His paintings of local scenery were displayed in galleries and businesses throughout the region. He was musically gifted and could play many instruments, and he especially enjoyed classical and Celtic music. He was a bibliophile with an appreciation of literature and poetry. Ernie was also an avid follower of world news and politics; he was very patriotic and a fierce supporter of the Constitution.
Ernie is survived by Stella, his wife of more than 55 years, and their children Ethel Marie Kitching (husband Gary), Shelly Ann Mac Murray, Ernest Mac Murray III (wife Andrea) and his beloved grandchildren Diana Kitching (husband Omar), Gary (Sonny) Kitching, Lhea Mac Murray, Allison Mac Murray, his sister Margaret Harper, and brother’s James Mac Murray and Bonnie Pipkin and numerous other relatives.
Arrangements are entrusted to Gilbertson Funeral Home of Stanwood. Services will be held near Oroville, WA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or your local Veteran’s organization.