Richard A. Murphy, 69, of New Holland, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, from pancreatic cancer, at the Hershey Medical Center.|
Born in Thorndale, he was the son of the late Charles W. and Rachel (Moses) Murphy.
He was married 48 years on March 7 to Barbara A. (Katherman) Murphy.
Richard worked 34 years at Pepperidge Farm, retiring in 2006.
He was a former member of the Hopewell United Methodist Church and the Thorndale Fire Company, where he was a lifetime member. He received the Junior Fire Chief of the Year award in 1959.
He also enjoyed woodworking and model trains.
He served in the U.S. Marines during the Cuban Blockade in 1962 and also during the Vietnam era.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three daughters, Dana, married to Rob Werner of Carrollton, Ga., Kimberly, married to Bob Combs of Narvon, and Laura, married to Steve Ross of Parkesburg; six grandchildren, Kyle and Kayla Werner, Morgan and Carter Combs, and Darren and Tiffany Ross; and two brothers, Charles W. "Bill" Murphy of Coatesville and Vernon F. "Sonny" Murphy of Honey Brook.
Preceding him in death are two sisters, Doris Anderson and June Ferdik.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Garden Spot Village Chapel, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, with the Chaplain Chester Yoder officiating.
Interment will be in the Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Garden Spot Village Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to One Run Together Inc., (a nonprofit organization to help local cancer patients), 135 Schoolhouse Lane, Coatesville, PA 19320, www.oneruntogether.org.
Arrangements are being handled by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland. To send the family online condolences, visit us at www.groffeckenroth.com.
Published in Daily Local News on Nov. 26, 2012