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Obituary: Murl D. Nash

Obituary: Murl D. Nash

January 13th, 2018 in Obituaries

Murl D. Nash, 89, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away on January 10, 2018, at his home. He was born on August 17, 1928, in Gladden, Missouri, a son of Benjamin Franklin and Sylvia Hester (Tucker) Nash. He was the fifth child born in a family of 16 children, (12 boys and 4 girls). He was married on April 9, 1948, in Salem, Missouri to Wilma Dean, who preceded him in death. He attended Bunker Missouri High School and the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. He spent 10 years in broadcasting as a disc jockey, announcer and newsman. He anchored the evening news on KRCG_TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, Missouri in the 60's and early 70's. He then worked as the public relations director and management development trainer for the Missouri Division of Employment Security, in Jefferson City. For 25 years he spent his weekends and holidays performing over a seven-state area as Ronald McDonald. He was an ordained minister and for many years filled the pulpit at Saline Valley Church of Christ, in Tuscumbia, Missouri. He was a master of ceremonies, public speaker and an accomplished magician. After his retirement, he and Wilma moved to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where for eight years he held magic shows at area campgrounds and was minister at Tropic Star Resort in Pharr, Texas, a congregation with more than 900 members. He returned to the Jefferson City area in 1999 where he worked part time for Brownfield Radio Network and Houser-Millard Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife Sheila Nash. Other survivors include his daughter, Murlyn Pace, of Wentzville; two sons: Burlyn Nash, of Warren, Ohio and Rawn Nash, of Jefferson City; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers: Vertis, of Rolla, Curtis, of Boss, Missouri, David of St. Paul, Oregon and Darrel, of Jerseyville, Illinois; three sisters: Zelda Schafer, of Jerseyville, Illinois, Trucella Wallis, of Godfrey, Illinois, and Janice Greenburg, of Weaubleau, Missouri. Eight of his siblings preceded him in death. Family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Houser-Millard Funeral Chapel. Services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, January, 14, 2019, with full military honors following the service. Interment will follow at a later date in Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109 (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com