Murray D. Backhaus

Murray D. Backhaus

July 26, 1933 – December 30, 2019


Murray D. Backhaus, 86 years of age, passed away on December  30, 2019 in Omaha, NE.

Born on July 26, 1933 in Omaha to Herman and Marguerite (Rempel) Backhaus, he was raised in Millard and was very active in sports (baseball and basketball.)  He was a member of the Millard team which won the 1950 State American Legion baseball championship.  He was also a member of the Millard High School state basketball championship team.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska lettering four years in baseball and basketball.

He married Dixie Borgaard on August 1, 1954.  He retired from the Air Force in 1977 having attained the rank of Lt. Colonel and was a Master Navigator.  He later continued his career at the Bank of Millard.  Murray enjoyed managing his farms for the past 35 years.  In his later years, he became involved in ballroom dancing.  He enjoyed working out and spending time with his friends and family.

Murray is survived by his son Robin Backhaus (Jacqueline,) daughters Cindy Burkett (John) and Cary Hall, granddaughter Talia Hall, grandson Heikki Hall (Melissa,) and great-grandson Eli Hall.





  • Pat Meierhenry Posted December 31, 2019 9:45 am

    So sorry to read of this.. Murray & Dixie were good friends in the River City Antique store!!

    Mike and Pat Meierhenry

  • Tom and Ginger Lima Posted December 31, 2019 3:41 pm

    A great friend and neighbor for 30+ years. Murray will be missed by all of us that knew him. A truly wonderful man.

  • Pat Cassell Posted December 31, 2019 5:08 pm

    Cary, I’m so very sorry to hear of your dads passing. Prayers and hugs for you all. I remember how much he loved John.

  • Alan and Sue Posted December 31, 2019 8:38 pm

    Sue and I are sorry to hear of Murray’s passing. We will miss seeing him at the Dance studio.

  • Maxine DANCER Posted December 31, 2019 9:28 pm

    My heart is absolutely broken! Rest in peace Murray. You were such a source of constant unconditional love and encouragement. I will miss you beyond words. 💝 I will cherish every dance I had with you. The ballroom dance community has suffered an incredible loss. My deepest condolences to the whole family. Praying for God’s perfect peace and comfort for the whole family.

  • Susan and Dave Tallon Posted December 31, 2019 11:36 pm

    We knew Murray from dance. He was always so friendly and personable. We loved his joy of living. And appreciated his service to our country. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you. May he always have an angel at his six and a tailwind to Heaven.

  • Marge Keller Posted January 2, 2020 1:45 pm

    Sorry to hear about Murray passing. Always fun to dance with him and see him at the studio. He was a wonderful person to know and he will be missed by many.

  • Paul and Nancy Jelinek Posted January 4, 2020 11:28 am

    We enjoyed our time spent around Murray, watching him dance, and hearing his stories from his time serving our country. He will be missed, but his memories put a smile on our face!

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