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Des Moines Register
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa

OBITUARY - MURRAY LIPSMAN, Minneapolis MN

Murray Ira LIPSMAN, 49, the beloved husband of Linda MANNING, died on Saturday, February 10, at his home in Minneapolis. Murray was the eldest son of Zeldene LIPSMAN and the late Alfred LIPSMAN of Des Moines. Last April, Murray received a diagnosis of neuro-endocrine cancer, and he battled that disease with great courage and with the wisdom and joy with which he lived his entire life.

Murray was born on June 2, 1957, in Minneapolis, and he grew up in Des Moines. He attended Clive School and Stilwell Junior High School, and he graduated from Valley High School with the class of 1975. In 1978, he received his B.A. in Russian Studies from the University of Iowa, where he also studied music.

In 1982 he received a degree in law from the University of Iowa, but primarily made his living as a musician and piano technician in Des Moines and in Minneapolis, where he married Linda in 1995. Murray was previously married to JoDee DAVIS.

Murray was a gifted musician who began to play the piano when he was a child and he could be found in the midst of a crowd around the piano for the rest of his life. He founded the band Mr. Moto, and also played for many years with the Tony Valdez Group. Over the years, Murray had long standing and popular engagements at the Metropolitan Club, the Eighth Street Seafood Bar and Grill, and Jimmy's American Café, and played with just about every working musician in the area. During his illness, Murray taught himself to play the ukulele, having previously learned guitar, and began to collect and play native American flutes.

From the moment of each of their births, Murray was a doting uncle to Jacob and Danielle LIPSMAN of Kansas City, Wynne and Jeremy Jacobson of Chicago, and Daniel Cramer of New York. He was the uncle every child should have, imparting knowledge of everything from chess to tai chi to obscure cartoons, always ready to lead a game, a song, or an adventure, and the source and recipient of unconditional love. When he married Linda, he enthusiastically welcomed her niece and nephew, Joe and Katie Harrington, to the fold.

Murray was a gentle citizen of the earth, supporting environmental causes and animal rights, and providing loving care to a succession of cats, birds, and the lucky creatures who inhabited his extraordinary garden.

Murray was predeceased by his father, Al, and by his brother, Daniel LIPSMAN. Murray is survived by his wife Linda; his mother, Zeldene; his brother, Frank LIPSMAN of Kansas City; his sisters, Sandy LIPSMAN of New York and Julie JACOBSON of Chicago; his mother and father-in-law, Jack and Phyllis MANNING of Kellerton, Iowa; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger CRAMER, Janet MARK, David JACOBSON, Jan MANNING, and Vicki and Mike HARRINGTON; and his nieces and nephews, Jacob, Wynne, Jeremy, Danielle, Daniel, Joe and Katie; and by his numerous uncles, aunts and cousins and countless friends whose hearts he filled.

Funeral services will be held at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at noon on Tuesday, February 13. A condolence meal will be served at the synagogue afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, Murray asked that anyone who wished to honor his memory do so by donating to his or her local animal shelter, or charity of choice.

- Dunn's Chapel, 2121 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2009

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