Walter Francis (Doc) Murphy of Harveys Lake passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at the age of 92.
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Born Aug. 24, 1920, in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Frank and Mabel Jones Murphy, and was raised by his aunt, Jenney Murphy.
Walter was a 1940 graduate of Coughlin High School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. During World War II, he was stationed in the Pacific Theater on the Gilbert Islands. He received an honorable discharge in 1945, having attained the rank of sergeant. Walter was a life member of the American Legion.
Following his service to his country, he worked for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad and retired with 40 years of service.
Following his retirement, he and wife, Joan, enjoyed traveling, particularly to his beloved Ireland, where he kissed the Blarney Stone.
Doc attended Holy Savior Church in East End and was most recently an active member of Our Lady of Victory Parish at Harveys Lake.
Doc was a generous and loving man. He especially enjoyed baseball and swimming in Harveys Lake. When not working, he took great pleasure in helping young kids learn about trains, baseball, swimming and "keeping out of trouble!"
His wife, Joan Brenner Murphy, died Aug. 2, 2000. His sister, Mary Ada Murphy Lauer, brothers, Francis, Calvin and Stanley Murphy, and a niece, Carolyn Lauer Gallagher, also preceded him in death.
He will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered, by his many nieces and nephews, including Louis F. Lauer, Reading; Marylou Lauer Lapallo, Alexandria, Va.; Ann Lauer Swartwood, Scranton; and Joan Kaufer Mall, Bridgeport, Conn.; other family and friends.
Walter's entire family thanks Father Toomey and the Our Lady of Victory Parish community, his caregivers, Terry and Charlie, and the staff of Hospice Community Care.
A celebration of Walter's life will be held Monday, with a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of Our Lady of Victory, Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's − The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to the Parish of Our Lady of Victory, 16 Second St., Harveys Lake, PA 18618-3144.
Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Doc's family at www.celebratehislife.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2013