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Jerry D. Murphy of Arlington Heights Jerry D. Murphy of Arlington Heights, passed away peacefully Nov. 27, 2012. Jerry was born in Butte, Mont. on Aug. 7, 1921, to John Emmett and Margaret Sullivan Murphy and was the youngest of four children. Jerry enjoyed growing up in Montana and his father inspired his zest for outdoor activities starting with fishing and hunting. Jerry loved sports and was a fierce hockey player. He graduated from Boys Central High School in 1939 and received his bachelor and advanced degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Montana School of Mines, Butte, Mont. Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Etta McGree, in 1944 and they had five children. Family was the focus of his life. He enjoyed watching the activities of his children, grandchildren (9) and great grandchildren (12) and was their loyal fan. Jerry's handyman skills were utilized extensively as Etta and he moved into 25 different houses. At 40, Jerry took up golf and made many lifetime friends. Jerry loved his family and instilled a passion for continual learning, a sense of humor and a love of God. He demonstrated through example the importance of setting goals & agendas, hard work and being fair, and the need for loyalty and forgiveness. Jerry's broad work experience began as a B-25 Pilot in the Army Air Corp in World War 2 where he was stationed in Fenny, India and flew 84 missions in the China Burma India theatre. His next role was an underground miner to support his family while completing his college degree. Jerry's industrial career focused on aluminum for over 30 years which involved working in 11 different states and one foreign country. He started as a metallurgical trainee and completed his career as a vice president. After retiring he shared his industrial work skills with the Shelter Work Shop in Morris, Ill. The service will be Dec. 3, with 8 a.m. visitation followed by an 8:30 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Raymonds, Mount Prospect. Interment will follow at 12 noon in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. The family requests that memorials be made to the St. Raymond's capital fund in Mount Prospect or Butte Central High School in Butte, Mont. Jerry was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Carroll, Dorothy Auvil and his brother, Emmett Murphy. Jerry will be remembered by his wife, Etta Murphy; his children, Jerry (Sheila) Murphy, Dan (Gayle) Murphy, John (LeAnn) Murphy, Peggy Murphy, and Kathi (Stew) Smith; his grandchildren, Shannon (Dave) Maloney, Kate (Rob) Shaver, Jay (Michelle) Murphy, Matt (Allyson) Murphy, Nathan (Stacy) Murphy, Keegan Murphy, Conlan Murphy, Marietta Smith and Evelyn Smith; and great-grandchildren, Shannon, Joey and Charlie Shaver, Danielle, Lauren and Natalie Murphy, Grayson Murphy, Molly and Kelsey Maloney, and Isabella, William and Madelyn Murphy.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Nov. 30, 2012
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