Joseph Jerome Murphy was born on February 24, 1930 at the family farm in rural Hutchinson, McLeod County.
He was the son of Joseph & Martha (Klima) Murphy.
Joseph was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in faith at The Congregational Church in Silver Lake. He was also confirmed as an adult at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
He received his early education at Kaminsky Country School District #11 and finished his education at Hutchinson High School Class of 1947.
After High school, Joe farmed on the family farm in rural Hutchinson.
On June 11, 1955 he was united in marriage to Helen (Janke) at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. They shared sixty-four years of marriage and were blessed with four children.
Joe’s passion was dairy farming, playing pinochle, fishing, attending threshing & antique tractor shows old-time music and spoiling his many small house dogs over the years. Joe especially enjoyed visits from children, grandchildren friends and family.
Joe passed away at his home on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the age of 89 years.
As Joe would say many times….”It’s never so bad that it couldn’t be worse”. Joe is now experiencing the joys of heaven! Blessed be his memory!
Joe is preceded in death by his parents Joseph & Martha (Klima) Murphy, a sister Millicent Rosenow and her husband Harold, brothers John and Benjamin
(in infancy), brothers-in-law Duane Hanke and Lyle Kressin.
Joe is survived by loving wife: Helen, sons: Larry (Judy)Murphy and their children Sadie (Todd) Jenkins, Melissa (Matt) Kohls and Michael (Patty) Murphy; and Russel (Valerie) Murphy and their children Bethany (Tim) King and Bridget (Nathaniel) Lehn; daughters: Connie (Keith) Johnson and their children Crystal (Josh) Bailey, Amy (Padraic)O’Shea and Cody (Kara) Johnson; Julie (Rod) Flann and their children Sarah (Denny) Biljan and Mathew (Brenda) Flann; 19 great grandchildren; sisters: Martha Hanke and Joanne Kressin and brothers: Frank Murphy, Daniel Murphy and Harry Murphy; many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Joseph J. Murphy will be held on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. The Reverend Gerhard H. Bode will officiate. Interment will be at Bohemian National Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 15th from 5-8 P. M. at The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.
Further visitation will be held at the church on Thursday morning, January 16th one hour prior to services.
Casket Bearers will be Joe’s ten grandchildren.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com
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