William M. “Murph” Murray II, son of William M. “TC” Murray and Therese Margaret “Terry”
Murray, husband to Ganell Murray and father to Bailey Murray, passed away at the age of 68 on
Friday, March 11, 2022 at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne. After an endless stream of
well-wishers, William passed away peacefully in the early morning hours surrounded by his
dearest family members. William was preceded in death by his parents, William M. “TC” Murray
and Therese Margaret “Terry” Murray, and his sisters, Diane Twine, Kate Foster and Mary
Bill was born in Cheyenne on December 11, 1953. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic
School for his early education and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in
Communications in 1976. Early on in life, Bill had hopes of becoming a park ranger but
ultimately followed in his father’s footsteps, carrying the mantle as the third generation of the
family’s successful insurance agency, Ed Murray & Sons. The business, which was founded in
1920 by Grandad Ed Murray, helped foster a climate of growth and prosperity in the state and
was a symbol of insurance at its best when Bill began working there in the 1970’s, a proud
legacy of service which only grew when Bill purchased the agency along with his business
partner, Garth Boreczky, in the 1990’s. Bill was married to his long-time sweetheart, Ganell
Milstead, in 1986 and welcomed his favorite child into the world, Bailey Murray, shortly
Throughout his adult life, Bill enjoyed traveling the world with his family, exploring
new places, cultures, food and especially wine. It was in this way he discovered his love for the
Italian way of life, one which he continued to honor back home with his founding of the Sons of
Italy, Cheyenne Chapter. Bill found many ways to support the art, food, and hospitality locally as
well with weekly meals at his favorite restaurant, Poor Richard’s, season tickets to the Denver
Performing Arts Center, annual Cheyenne Frontier Days tickets, and a longstanding
membership to the Cheyenne Country Club.
Bill was a man who’s wealth of generosity was shared with all those around him. His kind and
welcoming nature endeared him to friends, family, staff, clients and the community of Cheyenne
as a whole. This was made exceedingly clear by the outpouring of support he received in the
last few weeks of his life. The impact of his loss will be felt as ripples through a community that
looked to him as the very best example for wisdom, loyalty and strength. Bill expressed no
more perfect sentiment for how we all feel then when he said to his beloved niece, Kaiya, on his
final day, “Miss you. Love you. Bye bye.”
A Funeral Liturgy will be held for William M. “Murph” Murray, II at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on
March 25, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at 4:00 p.m. at the Cheyenne Country Club.
There will be a memory box made available at the church for those who wish to express their
condolences. William is survived by his wife, Ganell Murray; his daughter, Bailey Murray;
his nieces, Leah Linblom and Kyler Smart; and nephew, Eryk Wegner.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made towards the research and treatment of
kidney cancer and diabetes.
Services are entrusted to Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.