Edward J. Murphy
SPRINGFIELD – Edward J. Murphy, 81, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at his home.
He was born Feb. 21, 1933, in Farmersville to Edward M. and Mary (Hogan) Murphy. He married Vera Heatherly in 1952 in Norfolk, Va.; she preceded him in death. He later married Patricia Fisher in 1974 in Springfield.
Ed was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a barber in Springfield for 58 years, beginning his career at the Abe Lincoln Hotel, and later working part time in Florida for 15 years. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the American Legion Post 32 and a life member of the Elks Lodge 158. Ed was a business agent for Springfield Local 96 for 26 years, former secretary/treasurer of the Illinois Barber Association and was appointed to the Barber Board by Otto Kerner. He was a business rep for Barbers and Beauticians Local 777 working in State of Illinois institutions. Ed was a legislative representative for 12 years.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons: Joseph Scott (Sharon) Murphy of Jackson, Calif., Gregory Lee Murphy of Riverton and Timothy Mark Murphy of Springfield; stepsons, George Fisher of Racine, Wis., and Dr. Jack C. Fisher of Milwaukee, Wis.; stepdaughter, Nancy (Edward C.) Haas of Indialantic, Fla.; three grandchildren: Calli Jo Murphy, Matthew Murphy and E. Charlie Haas II; sister, Rosemary Simmons of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home, the Rev. Philip Kraft celebrant, with military honors by the Department of Defense to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Sojourn House, St. John's Breadline or Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation.
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