Murph Tinius, the man who was instrumental in the success of the Cornhusker State Games, has passed away. He was 90.
Dave Mlnarik, Executive Director of the Cornhusker State Games, remembered Tinius in a letter Tuesday:
Cornhusker State Games Family,
With deep sadness, I relay the news that Murph Tinius passed away last night. He'd had bone cancer for some time, not that you'd have noticed. Thankfully, he stayed active and was able to make to last month's awards banquet.
Murph was instrumental in the development and success of the Cornhusker State Games as a leader on the Opening Ceremonies Committee throughout our history. He helped conduct the Horseshoe Pitching tournament for many years and tackled tons of other odd jobs for us. He was the first recipient of our Joe Neal Volunteer of the Year award in 1994.
He also gave us his son Dave, our current O.C. Committee Chairman, who warmed up to the Spirit of the Games after being made--by Murph--to help in the early years. Murph was, and will remain, a Cornhusker State Games Legend, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We will send out memorial service details, and we will send an arrangement from the Nebraska Sports Council, but please keep Dave, Karla and the Tinius family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.