Raymond Murphy, 79Raymond Dennis Murphy, 79, Alexandria, died of cancer January 13, 2011, at his home.
Raymond Dennis Murphy, 79, Alexandria, died of cancer January 13, 2011, at his home.
Raymond was born July 1, 1931 to William and Mary (Dewane) Murphy in Morris. He grew up on a farm in Horton Township and graduated from West Central School of Agriculture in 1949. Raymond was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Henrichs on May 23, 1953. They were blessed with eight children, Mark, Craig, Jeanne, Mary, Tom, Pat, Colleen and Alice.
Raymond and Beverly farmed in Horton Township on the Murphy family farm until 1987, when they moved to Rogers, Arkansas. Raymond worked at Burns/Rollins Funeral Home for 14 years. He also drove school bus for the Rogers/Bentonville School District. In 2002, they returned to Alexandria to retire.
Raymond was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Board of Education for District 41 and St. Mary’s School. He served as a member of Assumption Church Parish Council and the Social Life Action Committee. He was an active 4-H member and leader. Raymond was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria; St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Rogers, AR and Assumption Catholic Church in Morris.
Raymond enjoyed farming, baseball, his children, grandchildren, family and friends.
He is survived by eight children, Mark (Jane) Murphy, Eureka Springs, AR, Craig (Joanie) Murphy, Morris, Jeanne (Terry) Hetland, Osakis, Mary (Ron) Krueger, Alexandria, Tom (Ruth) Murphy, Eureka Springs, AR, Pat Murphy, Bloomington, Colleen (Curt) Schaffran, Apple Valley, and Alice (Bruce) Bosek, Lowry; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosalys Weiler and Mary Ellen Montonye, both of Morris; two brothers, James “Bill” Murphy, West Des Moines, IA, George (Genny) Murphy, Menomonie, WI; and he is also survived by Beverly’s family, Jeanette Saunders, Benson, Patsy Bludorn (Denis Fencis), St. Cloud, Virginia (Gary) Brumm, Perham, Delbert (Bev) Henrichs, New Richmond, WI, Roger (Kathy) Henrichs, Huntley, MT and Perry (Pricilla) Henrichs, Morris.
Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; parents, William and Mary Murphy; brothers-in-law, Paul Montonye, Maurice Weiler, Gordon “Bud” Bludorn, James Saunders; and sister-in-law, Barb Oletzke.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 17 at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris with Father Tim Baltes officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Morris.
To send online condolences, please visit the website www.pedersenfh.com.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
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