Obituary for Rev. John W. Murtlow

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Rev. John W. Murtlow

February 4, 1945 - March 7, 2019

Rev. John W. Murtlow, age 74, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday afternoon, March 7, 2019 at his home in Nashville. He was a resident of Nashville and a former resident of California.

John was born February 4, 1945 in Bishop, California, to the late, Perceval Morgan and Alyce E. (Dalrymple) Murtlow. He was a 1962 graduate of Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington and went on to serve as a Seaman with the United States Navy. Later in life John earned his Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University.

John was a man of many trades and abilities. He worked as an over the road truck driver and as a Pastor and Youth Leader. While in California, he was a member of the Revival Time Crusade Team and a founder of the Bible Way Christian Center in Littlerock. He was a member of the Spirit of Life Center in Martinsville and a member of the New Life Community Church in Nashville for the past six years. He was also known as a venomous snake hunter who collected venom for the state of California. The venom John collected helped in making lifesaving anti-venom medication.

He was a loyal fan of the LA Dodgers and enjoyed fishing and hunting. John loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren, who knew grandpa’s drug of choice was Lemon Heads candy since he quit smoking.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia L. (Ayres) Murtlow, whom he married on January 28, 1967 in Bridgeport, California. He is also survived by his children, Wendy (Brett) Clark of Martinsville, John (Chandra) Murtlow of Martinsville and Delia (Ricky) Liebig of Nashville; sister, Joan March of North Carolina; grandchildren, Daniel (Liz) Burgess, Robert (Emmalee) Burgess, Jennifer Burgess, John Jr. “J.J.” (Tara) Murtlow, Ashley (Kameron) Lauk, Collin (Taylor) Murtlow, Tyler Murtlow, Steven (Jena) Liebig, Sean Liebig, Jessica Clark, Ray (Jill) Clark and Hannah (Robert Foster) Clark; and 22 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a great granddaughter, Grace Burgess.

The Rev. Adam Varnell will conduct a Celebration of Life Service at 1p.m. on Tuesday, March 12th at New Life Community Church, 1450 N. State Road 135 in Nashville. Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the church. Military honors will be conducted by the Brown County Honor Guard. The Murtlow family would like to invite friends and family to the meal following the service.
Cremation services have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of John to the Brown County Humane Society, PO Box 746, Nashville, IN 47448. Condolences to the Murtlow family can be made at Information: (812) 597-4670



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Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Time: 12:30 pm

New Life Community Church


1450 North State Road 135
Nashville, Indiana 47448

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

New Life Community Church


1450 North State Road 135
Nashville, Indiana 47448

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Born: February 4, 1945
Died: March 7, 2019

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LaDonna Robinson posted on 3/12/19

Wendy & to the rest of ur family, John (ur dad) was a very sweet, loving, caring, & a WONDERFUL father, husband, grandfather I send all of your family my prayers & all my love to John's family. I'll remember the most about John is the mornings b4 Church havin coffee with him & all of ur memories that u've shared w/ur dad Wendy. My heart saddens for u & ur family. Rest in Peace John for you was a great man.


Donna Vergona posted on 3/9/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Virginia, and your family. I only met my Uncle John and Aunt Virginia in my adult years when my mom ( John's half sister) was still with us. But will always remember that brief visit in NY as one of my fond memories. Sincere condolences from my family. Uncle John is with the angels in heaven and at peace. Donna Vergona, and family.


Cynthia Penoyer (Flores) posted on 3/8/19

John, it was great to work with you and Virginia, you both were awesome bosses!! Thank you for your Service, I will Always remember Am/Pm with you guys.. R.I.P Mr Mertlow.