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Dero C. Murphy January 5, 1925 - June 23, 2014 SFC Dero Cassy Murphy (Ret.) passed away peacefully at home in Lakewood, Washington to join his wife in Heaven on Monday, June 23, 2014. Dad was born on January 5, 1925 in Colfax, Louisiana to James and Roxanna (Douglass) Murphy. They and those who preceded him in death were his beloved wife of sixty-seven years, Lola Mae Murphy, his oldest daughter Annie Lois Murphy-Blackwell (James), and his many siblings. He is survived by his children, William Murphy (Carmen), Ron Murphy (Sylvia), Ivy Murphy, Donna Murphy Crawford (Willie), Michael Murphy (Debi), and Dorothea Murphy. Dad loved his wife and children very much. He was also absolutely proud of his eleven grandchildren, Michael, Deitra, Ronald, Jr., Willie III, Jason, Jessica, Yami, Kellan, Ariana, James, and Quinn, and fourteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, god-children, and friends. Our Dad, and others like him, put everything on the line to protect this country. His level of bravery, sacrifice, courage, dignity, pride, and commitment taught us, through actions and words, to stand up, stay strong, and above all enjoy life. He proudly served his country in the 82nd Airborne Division and achieved the level of Jumpmaster at the age of 24. In addition, he served in a tank division and had a number of other important military assignments during his career. He was in fact bigger than life! His booming voice, joking nature, mastery in the kitchen (as well as the domino table), keen observations, and his subtleness in comments made us think and often made us laugh, which, intentionally or otherwise, taught us to not take everything too seriously. We will miss him dearly. Celebrating the Life of SFC Dero C. Murphy will occur at Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington. Viewing to occur Wednesday, July 2, between 6 pm and 8 pm. Service will begin at 1pm Thursday, July 3, 2014, in the Mountain View Valley Chapel, and Burial Service will occur at 2:30 pm. Following the Burial Service there will be a Repass. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
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Mountain View Funeral Home
4100 Steilacoom Blvd Sw Lakewood, WA 98496
(253) 584-0252
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 1, 2014
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