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J. Richard Murphy

October 15, 1927 August 31, 2017
J. Richard  Murphy
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Obituary for J. Richard Murphy

J. Richard Murphy of Walled Lake was born on September 15, 1927 in Lansing, Michigan to James Vincent and Catherine Ellen Murphy. He died August 31, 2017 at the age of 89.

Mr. Murphy is the beloved husband of 63 years to the late Doris Jean Murphy (d. 2013). Loving father of Mike (Alexandra) Murphy, Pat (Melinda) Murphy, Nellie Murphy, and Colleen Murphy (Saarinen). Grandfather of Eric, Ryan, Ian, Hannah, Drake, Mariah, Paula, Sarah and Joe and great grandfather of Arianna. He is the brother of and dear brother in law of Joyce (the late Frank) Scheibriel, Patricia Fox and Joy Link. He is also survived by numerous extended family members and friends. Preceded in death by his siblings Cede, Peggy, Rene, Josephine, Helen, Jim and Jack,

Mr. and Mrs. Murphy were high school sweethearts who met at St. Mary High School in Lansing where they graduated in 1946. Mr. Murphy joined the Army and went to Berlin to serve under Eisenhower as a drummer. Mrs. Murphy wrote to him every day that he was away until he returned upon his discharged in 1949. The married later that year and continued to live in Lansing until they relocated to Walled Lake where they have lived since 1958. Mr. Murphy was know in the Detroit Metro Area as band leader of the Dick Murphy Orchestra and continued to play drums into his 80’s. He was also active with the Jaycees, Knights of Columbus and participated in many other community events. He was very generous, especially with his time and was active with AA where he sponsored numerous people.

Funeral mass from St. William Catholic Church, 531 Common Street, Walled Lake, Wednesday 10 AM (In State 9:30 AM). Interment Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens, Novi. Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 N. Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Tuesday 4-9 PM (Vigil Service 7 PM).

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

5

Sep

4:00 PM 9/5/2017 4:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 9/5/2017 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Vigil Service

Tuesday

5

Sep

7:00 PM 9/5/2017 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

6

Sep

9:30 AM 9/6/2017 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 9/6/2017 10:00:00 AM
St. William Catholic Church

531 Common Street
Walled Lake

St. William Catholic Church
531 Common Street Walled Lake
United States

Funeral Mass

Wednesday

6

Sep

10:00 AM 9/6/2017 10:00:00 AM
St. William Catholic Church

531 Common Street
Walled Lake

St. William Catholic Church
531 Common Street Walled Lake
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

43300 Twelve Mile Rd
Novi, MI 48377

43300 Twelve Mile Rd Novi 48377 MI
United States
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