Celebration of the Life of James Arnold Muri - June 25, 1933 - January 6, 2016
Jim went home to be with the Lord on January 6, 2016 at the age of 82 years. he was dearly loved by family and friends.
He is survived by his son Tim (Edith) Muri of Kelowna, BC and daughters Cindy (Dan) Bentley of Camrose, AB, Judy (Bill) Marsh of Red Deer, AB and Krista (Stephen) Vikse of Camrose, AB, 16 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Rita (Peder) Andreasen of Surrey, BC. Sadly, he was predeceased by his sister Jean.
On June 25, 1933 in Frontier Saskatchewan's local hospital Jim was born James Arnold to Andrew and Dagny Muri, a brother for Jean. He attended Halliwell School which was situated right next to his farmyard. The Muri family moved to Deep Cove, BC in October of 1942 and settled in Burnaby, BC a year later.
At approximately 18 years of age he purchased the family farm 12 miles southwest of Frontier, SK from his parents. His farming years, although short, were very enjoyable. 1955 was a very important year in Jim's life. He started a house building enterprise in Burnaby but, most importantly, married the love of his life, Gwen Jacobsen.
Jim met Gwen at a Luther League convention being hosted by First Lutheran, Jim's home church. Jim was an usher. When Gwen went up to give a report, Jim asked the other usher, Arvid Thomassen, who she was, not realizing that Arvid was Gwen's sister's brother-in-law. Jim convinced Arvid that they should drive her home that evening and the rest is history. They had a very happy and blessed marriage until Gwen's passing in 2014.
Jim and Gwen raised their 4 children Tim, Cindy, Judy and Krista in Coquitlam. Jim and Gwen moved to Winfield in 2001 and to Kelowna in 2010. They attended Grace Lutheran Church which was a very important part of their lives and had many close friends there.
Jim always had time for his family and other and was always so kind. Everyone loved him. He always had a ready smile and encouraging words for all. he will be greatly missed.
Prelude - Edith Grube
Welcome and Announcements
Opening Hymn - "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
"Jim's Life Remembered" - read by Jim's Children
Special Music - "Jesus Loves Me" by Solace
Scripture Readings by Jim's Grandchildren
1 Peter 1:3-9
Special Hymn - "Pass It On" led by Deni Skutshek - and joined by the congregation
Sermon - Pastor Ed Skutshek
Sermon Hymn - "Children of the Heavenly Father"
Prayer and Commendation
Recessional Hymn - "Thine is the Glory"
Postlude - Edith Grube
Honorary Pallbearers - All of Jim's Grandchildren
Special Prayer - Johnny Appleseed's "Thank You Prayer"
"Oh, the Lord is good to me.
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need:
The sun and the rain and the apple seed;
The Lord is good to me.
Gwen's service from April 2014 can be seen at vimeo.com/93067740