Murray E. Newcomer, 94, of Dixon, died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. He was initially employed at Gambles Hardware Store. Later he worked at Lawton Brother’s Dairy where he was in charge of ice cream production. In the 1970’s Murray purchased and ran the Pinecrest Cheese and Gift Shop on White Pines road.
Murray was born July 19, 1918, in Buffalo Township, Ogle County, IL, the son of Harry A. and Lenora (Travis) Newcomer. He married Dorothy L. Sargent of Kasbeer, IL, on Easter Sunday, April 19, 1939. He served in the United States Army during W.W. II. He was a cannoneer with the 717 Tank Battalion in the European Theater of Operation and fought at the Battle of the Bulge in Germany. Murray was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Dixon, the Rock River Grange, and a life member of the Blue Lodge and Chapter of the Dixon Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed playing the guitar and mandolin in a small combo that played at square dances. Murray also enjoyed traveling to such places as Europe, Haiti, and Mexico, spending winters in Florida, playing bridge, and jigsaw puzzles.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Newcomer; two sons, Larry (Dianna) Newcomer, James (Jean) Newcomer; three grandchildren, Laura (Barry) Sutton, Randall Newcomer, Raymond (Georgia) Newcomer; six great grandchildren, Brock and Gillian Sutton, Kristofer, Kyle, Zachary, and Alexia Newcomer; and daughter-in-law, Ruth Newcomer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William Newcomer; and two brothers, John and Arnold Newcomer.
Visitation will be from 5 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, at Grace United Methodist Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Marilyn Nolan, pastor, officiating. Burial with full military graveside services provided by the combined veterans organizations will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.
A memorial has been established to the Rochester Area Foundation.