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James D. Murphy

Birth Date: February 10, 1930
Death Date: December 20, 2018

James D. Murphy, 88, passed away December 20, 2018 in Richmond, Texas. James was born February 10, 1930 in Utica, New York. James was an extremely devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. James and his wife, Dorothy Jane Murphy, lived in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma for almost 30 years before moving to Richmond, Texas in June, 2005 to be surrounded by loving family. They were married for 64 years.  He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

James is preceded in passing by his wife, Dorothy Jane Murphy, his son, James B. Murphy; parents, James F.  and Irene Murphy; siblings, Beach Murphy and Patricia Mosher.  James is survived by his loving daughters, Denise Murphy Bale, Doreen Jayne Gilmore; son-in-laws, Jeffrey Ross Bale, Michael Wayne Gilmore; grandchildren, Ross Bromley Bale, Steven James Ward, Courtney Bale Walton, Ryan Garrett Ward, Kaleigh Bale Mannix, Jacob Dowd Bale; great-grandchildren, Waylen Tanner Walton, Weldon James Walton, Henry James Ward, Jaxson Ross Bale, Bromley Elizabeth Bale, Camryn Elise Walton; Jamison Macaley Ward and Alden Louise Ward. His newest great-grandchild, “baby” Mannix is expected to arrive on April 9, 2019.   He is survived by his dearest brother, Michael Murphy and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He graduated from Proctor High School, Utica, New York in 1948.  During the Korean War, he served his country in the Armed Forces of the United States, holding the rank of Sergeant First Class.  He was assigned to the island of Okinawa, Japan, where he earned the Army of Occupation Medal as well as the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1952.   He served in The National Guard.  He earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from Mohawk Valley Technical Institute with a major in Mechanical Technology in 1954.

Catholic Funeral Mass is 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2019 at Church of Saint Benedict.

Interment to follow at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the charity of your choice.

Church Service
January 12, 2019
10:00 am
St. Benedict Catholic Church
2200 W Ithica Street Broken Arrow OK, 74012
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