Velma Ruth Murr
Velma Ruth Murr was born March 6, 1921 in Marion County, Iowa the daughter of John and Lois (Augustine) Vanden Berg.
She graduated from Knoxville High School with the Class of 1939 and then taught for two years in the rural schools of Brownlee and Franklin Center. On July 13, 1940 Velma was united in marriage to Edd Murr. They were blessed with four children: Larry (Sharon) of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Roger (Donna) of Knoxville, Iowa, Mary Loynachan of Reinbeck, Iowa and Martha (Randy) Johansen of Pelham, Alabama. Velma was a devout member of the Columbia United Methodist Church.
Velma passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Mahaska County Health Center at the age of 98 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edd, son, Larry and brother, Donald Vanden Berg.
Those left to cherish Velma's memory include her children: Roger, Mary and Martha; grandsons: Brett (Sara) Murr of Savage, Minnesota, Todd (Tammy) Murr of Prior Lake, Minnesota and David Murr of Minneapolis, Minnesota; seven great-grandchildren: Thomas, Ashley, Ryan, Austin, Laura, Madison and Cameron and many other family members and friends.
A Memorial Service for Velma Murr, age 98 of Knoxville, will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial of cremains will follow in Columbia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Columbia United Methodist Church, the Columbia E.M.S. or to the donor's choice. Online condolences may be left at
Published on March 2, 2020


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David T Carruthers
Mar 09, 2020
Velma was always willing to back my peers and I when was a teenager growing up in the Columbia United Methodist Church and later as a Sunday school teacher., Youth leader. It didnt matter, Velma was usually willing to lend a good word, active supporter and great friend. Later served on the church board together, what a great servant. Velma you will be missed greatly and thanks for all the years of support. May your family be blest with some of the same wonderful memories that hold of you in my heart.