John Murphy

PEORIA - John P. Murphy, 85, of Peoria passed away at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

John was born on July 20, 1928, in Peoria to Perry and Philomena (Rohman) Murphy. He married Margaret Damm on March 11, 1995, at St. Martin Catholic Church. She survives.

He is also survived by his sister, Mickey Kelly; three stepchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Murphy.

John was a World War II Marine veteran.

He worked as a painter for Caterpillar for over 35 years and for over 19 years at the Peoria Civic Center.

He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus, Spalding Council 427, Third Degree.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Father Thomas Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Tributes and condolences may be submitted to

Funeral Home

Wright & Salmon Mortuary - Peoria
2416 N. North Street Peoria, IL 61604

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Sept. 20, 2013