Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Rev. Henry “Hank” Murray

Rev. Henry Doering “Hank” Murray, age 82, of Quincy, died Friday, June 1, 2018, at 1:43 pm in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St Louis..

Hank MurrayHank was born March 21, 1936 in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Raymund G. and Luella Doering Murray. He married Priscilla Burton on May 30, 1964 in Chicago, IL. She survives. They adopted their son, Philip Raymund Murray on March 3, 1969 and he has been raised in the family since birth.

Hank served many years as the executive director of the Community Counseling Center, now Transitions. In his semi-retirement he did consulting work to help set up other counseling centers. Hank was also an ordained minister servicing several different parishes in a number of ways. He was well known for his preaching and pastoral care.

Hank’s favorite form of recreation was model railroading. He belonged to the Quincy Society of Model Railroad Engineers where he was an active member. He also had a train shed at home that gave him much pleasure. Hank was a member of Quincy Rotary East, where he served the club in several capacities, and he belonged to the Clergy Cluster.

In addition to his wife, Priscilla, Hank is survived by his son, Philip Murray of Quincy and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents.

Services: Saturday (June 9, 2018) at 10 a.m. in the First Union Congregational Church with Rev. Darwin Smith officiating

Visitation: Friday (June 8, 2018) from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Memorials: Chaddock School, the Illinois Food Bank, or Rotary International Foundation for Polio Plus (to eradicate Polio)


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Hank was so young at heart, nobody would have guessed his age. We knew him for 30 years, at QSME, and later serving our church. He was our 5th Sunday minister with me, the 5th Sunday organist, at Bethany United Church of Christ, both of us there whenever needed otherwise as well. I enjoyed his preaching style, Biblical and from the heart, walking out into the congregation, teasing us for not being front pew attendees and quizzing us about previous sermons. Hank kept everyone he met on their toes. He never gave anyone a break, and none of us would have wanted him to. He was an open book, easy to like, easy to get to know, and an example of how to live, love, and die. I, rather WE, will miss him every day, and share with you, Priscilla and Philip, in the sadness of his passing. We will continue to hold you up in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Like many I knew Hank from the model railroad club. But he served everyone in so many other ways too. I remember several pleasant concerts at the junior high on New Year’s Eve and Hank would be there helping too. May he rest in peace.

  3. So very sorry to hear of the loss of Hank. He will be missed by the QSME group and so many others. May he rest in peace! Condolences to Priscilla and Phil.

  4. Hank always made the run sessions at QSME special as our dispatcher. It won’t be the same without him. Special condolences to Priscilla and Phillip.

  5. Rest in peace Mr Fix it! You are going to be truly missed! I’m sorry I never got out to your house to see you and Priscilla before your passing! Phil, you and your mom have been in my prayers the last couple days and in my thoughts. God bless you both!!

  6. To the family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Our community has lost a great advocate for the underserved . I enjoyed playing softball with and against Hank and Phil over the years and of course cheering for the Cubs. I enjoyed my time working with Hank. He will be missed.

  7. Hank will be missed by many. Always enjoyed him at the Open Houses in Quincy at the QSME Model Railroad. Was always fun and exciting at all the cook-outs we all had at his residence. RIP my friend, Happy Tracks to you.

  8. So sad–have known Hank for many years as we both worked in Mental Health–Hank was influential in our receiving accreditation several times as a consultant and he spent many hours at our agency (Schuyler County Mental Health–Rushville, Ill.) assisting preparation of such.–Always happy and ready to do what was necessary for preparation of accredation–Loved to talk about model trains. Met Hank several times in Hy Vee in Quincy a few months ago as we were both grocery shopping. Was still upbeat, active and seemed to be very content with retirement–

  9. Priscilla and Phil so sorry to hear of Hanks passing.Many fond memorys at the Tootsie brunchs!
    Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.

  10. Hank was a such a wonderful person to know. I have fond memories of him at the Bait Shop, church softball, filling in as interim pastor at First Union, etc. With sympathy, Ivy and Kevin Paul-Van Os

  11. Priscilla and Phil both of you are in my thoughts and prayers! I’m having a hard time dealing with this myself so I can only imagine what the 2 of you are going through! Hank never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face. Just know he’s in Heaven now and u both have a guardian angel watching over you! With all of our love, Michael and Lisa Morrell and Ruth and Mary Junkerman

  12. Will really be missed, I will always remember the good times of the QSME open houses and the many Friday night train running sessions with Hank as our dispatcher. What a great man he was.

  13. We send our sympathy and prayers that you and Philip will find comfort in God’s presence with you in your time of grief. Recall with joy the times with you when e were in Quincy.

  14. I truly regret not being able to attend Hanks services as will be at the Illinois Conference meeting Friday both days. I knew Hank as a colleague — both a wise and gentle man with humor and insight. His presence will be missed. God bless all his family may you find peace.

  15. Hank will be missed. Condolences to his family!! He was a great man and friend!!

  16. Villa
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Hank was a very special guy. My prayers are with you.

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