Former Greene County Resident was a pilot
Verner Murdock, 81, of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Fordyce, Greene County, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 15, 1992, in his home.
Born October 12, 1910, in Waynesburg, He was a son of Harry A. and Marian Washington Murdock.
He was a 1928 graduate of Waynesburg High School. After graduating from Waynesburg College in 1932, Mr. murdock attended Ryan Aeronautical School at Lindburgh Field, San Diego, where he became a pilot.
He returned to Greene County in 1934, where he domonstrated his flying skills in his Waco biplane to local residents at the Jacktown Fairgrounds. Later he worked as a passenger pilot at Waynesburg Airport.
He soon returned to San Diego where he was called to serve as an instructor pilot during World War II. After the surrender, he remained in the service and retired as a colonel.
After retiring, Mr. Murdock became a volunteer at the San Diego Naval Air Museum, where he assisted in the reconstitution and restoration of old naval aircraft.
Surviving are his wife, Helen Halstead Murdock, four children, Maria, Ann, Jay and Melinda, all of the state of California; two sisters, Nellie Cowieson of Washington and Mrs. James (Mary) Hawkins of Waynesburg R. D. 1; a brother, Harry A. (Pete) Murdock of Fordyce; and six grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, Marie Murdock and Virginia Wilcox; and a brother, Raymond F. Murdock.
Interment was in San Diego, Calif.
Newspaper obituary, date and source unknown (Greene County, PA)
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