Murray Mars McCune

Class of 1913

Murray Mars McCune

July 25, 1895 – October 18, 1979

Murray Mars McCune, 84, San Antonio, Texas, died Thursday at Fort Sam Houston Veterans hospital at San Antonio after a lengthy illness.

McCune was born July 25, 1895, in Perry, the son of local area pioneers, William Clay and Medora “Dora” (Mars) McCune. He attended Perry schools, graduating in 1913.

After graduation he traveled to Richmond, California, where he worked for two years as a shipping clerk for a railroad company. When the United States entered World War I, McCune was a student at the University of Oklahoma. He was drafted into company D, the Noble county company of the 375th infantry division. Later he attended officers training school and served as a lieutenant with the 358th infantry, which participated in the major American offensive near St. Mihiel in northeastern France in September, 1918. McCune was severely wounded in this action and lost his right arm.

After the war, McCune returned to Perry, where he became an early member of the Ellis-Jirous American Legion post. He completed his studies at Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania. He then moved to San Antonio, where he worked as an accountant and tax consultant. McCune was active in the Presbyterian church and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

In 1935, he married Mrs. Sue Belcher, who survives. Other survivors, in addition to Mrs. McCune are his sister, Mrs. Irene Treeman; one step-daughter, Mrs. C. D. McFetridge, Brownsville, Texas; a step-son, William Belcher, Omaha, Neb.; and five grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at San Antonio, with burial at Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, Texas.