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L.W. "Red" Murphy

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L.W. "Red" Murphy Obituary
L.W. "Red" Murphy, 90, of Yuba City, passed away on May 8, 2014. He died peacefully, in his sleep, of natural causes. At the time of his passing, all of his closest family members were in attendance at his bedside.

Red was born on June 21, 1923 - the longest day of that year (especially for his mother) in Crosby, N.D. While still a young boy, his family moved to Scobey, MT where he grew

into a tough, strapping young man. He graduated High School in 1941.

Following his graduation, Red volunteered for the war effort and became a Signalman in the Armed Guard of the United States Navy. He served meritoriously in various combat theaters and was honorably discharged on Christmas Day, 1945. After once again becoming a civilian, Red settled in a little town he had passed through a few times while he was in the service. Yuba City became the focus and the center point of his entire life.

He took up barbering, found the love of his life, started a successful barber and beauty supply business, became active in the Catholic Church, and comfortably settled into

what would become a full, bountiful, and complete life.

On April 9, 1947, Red married the woman who would be his best friend, loving wife, and

confidant for the next 65 years. Red and Vera soon took up residence in their small home on Palm Avenue. The little home gradually grew both in size and in number of occupants. It saw lots and lots of love, laughter, and living from Mom, Dad, Teri, Mark, and Nadine through all those years. The little house was simple and humble. The home became a reflection of the way Red liked living his life.

Red was a man of boundless energy. He was always involved with something. He was

deeply committed to providing all the needs his family required, raising his children with

strong Christian principals, and carrying the torch as best he could for the Catholic Church. He was a Charter member of the Yuba City Council of the Knights of Columbus and held the office of Grand Knight for several years.

Red's leisure time was spent on a wide variety of activities, including big game hunting, weekend trips to the lake with family, and during retirement, traveling extensively with his beloved wife. He enjoyed playing cards and could whoop anybody in a fair game of Pinochle or Cribbage. During their travels, Red and Vera visited all 50 States, the entirety of Canada, Mexico, and several European countries. In his later years, Red chose to narrow his focus and put in countless hours caring for, and loving his beloved wife, his now numerous grandchildren, and his little home on Palm Avenue.

There are very few people in this world who have lived as full a life as Red Murphy did. Good bye, Dad. Good bye, old friend. You will be missed. Tell Mom Hi! when you meet her in Heaven.

Red is survived by his three children, daughter Teri (JoanE) Murphy, of Kurtistown, HI, son Mark (Toni) Murphy, of Ridgefield, WA, and daughter Nadine (Ralph) Michel, of Yuba City, CA; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Glenn Schuck of Glendale, CA, and brother-in-law Robert Reitnauer of Yuba City, CA.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years Vera Nadine Murphy, as well

as five brothers, and two sisters.

Public viewing will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Ullrey Memorial Chapel with the Rosary following at 7:00 p.m. Services will be conducted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church. Inurnment will be private.

If you wish to make a contribution in celebration of Red's life, in lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Sutter North Hospice in his name would be appreciated.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from May 10 to May 13, 2014
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