James Thomas Murphy Jr.

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James Thomas Murphy Jr., 84, of Wilkes-Barre, died late Monday evening, June 11, 2018, at home, with family by his side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, on Sept. 11, 1933, he was the son of the late James T. and Ruth Peters Murphy and was a graduate of St. Leo's High School, Ashley, Class of 1952, and King College, Class of 1959, where he earned his bachelor's degree.

He served his country proudly during the Korean War and was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Jim was employed as a case worker supervisor by the Department of Welfare and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was a member of Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. John Neuman Division, and past president of St. Leo's Alumni.

Jim was a life member of St. Leo's Church, Ashley, served on its Parish Board, participated as a lector and was a member of its Holy Name Society, where he served as past secretary.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Claire Murphy.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jo McAndrew Murphy; sons, Michael Murphy, Wilkes-Barre; and Kevin Murphy and his partner, Gerald Pogzeba, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Mary Ellen Murphy Jones and her husband, John; granddaughter, Michaela; and granddaughter and goddaughter, Erin.

The funeral service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday from Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Leo/Holy Rosary Parish, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley. The Rev. Vincent Dang will officiate.

Interment with military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp.

Friends may visit from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Leo's Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley, PA 18706.

Visit www.LehmanFuneralHome.com for information or leave a condolence.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 14, 2018
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