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Published August 31, 2010, 08:11 AM

Former ND National Guard commander dies

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Funeral services are scheduled Thursday for a World War II Battle of the Bulge veteran who went on to command the North Dakota National Guard.

Dunseith native Charles Murry died Sunday in Bismarck at age 86.

Murry, who graduated from the University of North Dakota with a law degree in 1950, served as a director of the newly created North Dakota Legislative Council from 1951 to 1975.

"He pretty much established the Legislative Council and wrote a lot of the Century Code (laws) we have today," said current Guard Adjutant Gen. David Sprynczynatyk.

Murry was appointed the Guard's lead general in 1975 by then-Gov. Art Link. He served in the post through 1984.

"He did a lot to make sure the Guard was at strength and that it met its recruitment goals," said Murry's successor, former Adjutant Gen. Alex McDonald.

Murry served as manager of the Garrison Diversion Project from 1985 to 1993. The project was aimed at diverting Missouri River water to eastern North Dakota. He retired in 1993 after 42 years of public service.

Funeral services are Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck. Murry will be buried at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan.

He is survived by his wife, five children and 13 grandchildren.