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ELMER M. "BUN" MURPHY


1921 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
ELMER M. "BUN" MURPHY Obituary
Elmer M. "Bun" Murphy, 93, Kansas City, Mo., passed away August 14, 2014, at Carondelet Manor. Bun was born Jan. 6, 1921, in Carroll County, Mo., the son of Michael D. and Lydia Haney Murphy. He lived in Norborne, Mo., until the age of seven, then moved to Kansas City in 1928. He graduated from East High School in 1938, and married Betty Henry on Feb. 22, 1941. Bun served with the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations in WWII. He was a Platoon Staff Sgt. with the 104th Infantry Division, Recon Troop, Timberwolf Division, and assisted in the liberation of three concentration camps. Bun earned the EAME Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars for his service in Northern France and the Rhineland. He was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Distinguished Service Medal, and a Good Conduct Ribbon. Bun was a life member of VFW Post 1829, DAV Chapter 2, and Teamsters Local #41. He retired in 1982 from Yellow Freight. Bun was an avid bowler at Premier Lanes, a member of the senior leagues, and captain of the "Bunslingers" team until May of 2014. He regularly went to the Hillcrest Community Center where he enjoyed cribbage and dominoes. He loved all animals with a passion. He enjoyed reading, golf, musical theatre, going to movies and history. He was a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church where he served as an usher and Eucharist minister. Bun was an Irishman thoroughly proud of his lineage and traveled to Ireland at the age of 80, touring the country and kissing the Blarney Stone. He was a great man of dignity and integrity, with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by daughter, Jana (Ron) Swann, grandson, Rory Liberty, and great-granddaughter, Zoey Liberty, nieces and nephews, and his beloved companion, Helen Hare. Bun was preceded in death by his wife, Betty in 1998 after 57 years of marriage, his grandson, Cody Liberty, his parents, three brothers and five sisters. Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Floral Hills Funeral Home. Burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, suggested memorial contributions may be made to the Jay Grant Memorial Fund (Jay's Swim Kids), c/o Jewish Community Foundation, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park, KS 66212, or Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741. Condolences may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com Arr.: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO, (816) 353-1218. D. W. Newcomer's Sons Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Crematories 816-353-1218 www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com
Published in Kansas City Star on Aug. 17, 2014
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