Pete Raymond Muri, 78, of Miles City died at his home on Monday, April 7, 2014, surrounded by his family and loved ones after a three-year journey with cancer.
Mr. Muri was born the youngest of nine children on the family ranch near Cartersville on June 12, 1935, to Rasmus and Nellie Johnson Muri. He was raised on the family ranch near Cartersville and graduated from Custer County High School in 1953.
He played football and basketball for the Custer County Cowboys and baseball through the legion program. Upon graduation, he became a two-sport collegiate athlete from the University of Montana-Missoula, playing football and basketball. He was part of the Fabulous Frosh in 1954. He had a notable work ethic in everything he did, including playing sports. His commitment inspired many.
He came from a family where American pride runs deep. He followed in the family tradition by joining six of his sibling’s footsteps by joining the Army. He played football and baseball throughout Europe on the Army teams. He earned honorable mention honors in football for the Army Times All-Army in 1957.
He then received a call from Bab Jaron of the Canadian Football League recruiting Mr. Muri to play professional football north of the border and after playing football in the Canadian Football League, he returned home to Miles City.
Sports were always an important part of his life. In his young adult years, he enjoyed spending time with his brother Buck and his athletically talented family. He took particular interest in practicing with his nephews Jeff and Ron Muri and enjoyed seeing them excel, as well, at the elementary, high school and college levels. In his leisure, he enjoyed playing on a number of recreational softball leagues, including on the 600 Lounge team for several years.
On April 9, 1973, he and Anita Shores were married and to their union two children were born and raised, Troy and Lynnette. Family always came first to Mr. and Mrs. Muri and always brought tremendous pride and joy. He enjoyed watching and coaching their many sporting events and cherished all the special memories a family creates along life’s journey.
An equally important part of Pete’s life was his love of horses and country life. He worked on various ranches, and enjoyed the long rides and good laughs on the family-owned Muri Ranch near Moon Creek. As the children grew, he enjoyed teaching them how to rope, spending many long days in the saddle and raising the kids with a love for the wide-open spaces and the simple pleasures of the outdoors.
Mr. and Mrs. Muri and Janice and Tom Mostoller started their own business artificially inseminating horses and training them to sell and show for a hobby. Mr. Muri was taking care of the horses up until he was diagnosed with cancer.
He worked for General Adjustment Bureau, Eastern Montana Brokerage and at the time of his death was with Montana Claims Service of Miles City.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, son, Troy (Jackie Marquart) and two grandsons, Logan and Bridger, all of Miles City; daughter, Lynnette (Lenny) Brown and four children, Freddy, and step-grandchildren, Dakota, Elijah and Bailey, of Billings; three brothers, Bill, Al “Buck” (Danetta Lockie) and Karl (Joyce Criswell) of Miles City; one sister, Marie (Ansoms) from California and Jean Muri, sister-in-law; two sisters-in-law, Neva Lawrenz (Bill Shipp) of Laurel and Janice (Tom Mostoller) of Salt Lake City and Miles City; three brothers-in-law, Bill Leischner, Rodney (Jane) Shores and Glenn Shores of Miles City; many special nieces and nephews; and his trusty horse, Chico.
Mr. Muri was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anna Mae Leischner; brother-in-law, Charles Ansoms; brother, Bob; brothers and sister-in-laws, Andy and Lorraine (Lockie), Jim and Alice (Moyer) and sister-in-law, Virginia (Reed) Muri; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Forrest and Helen Shores; and sister-in-law, Darlene (Shores) Emmett.
Visitation will be Friday, April 11, 2014, at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City with family receiving friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Grace Bible Church. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Mr. Muri’s honor to the Miles City Baseball Association, Holy Rosary Healthcare Foundation, or the American Cancer Society.