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Norman F. Murphy

Norman F. Murphy, son of Thomas and Hattie (Sherman) Murphy, was born May 24th, 1919. He grew up in Salem, SD and attended Salem Public Schools. After high school he attended South Dakota State College in Brookings, SD for Aviation Mechanics.

In 1939, he traveled to Santa Monica, CA with several friends in their Model T car and went to work for McDonnell Douglas.

Norm enlisted in the Army in 1941. He was a Communications Sergeant for the 755th Tank Battalion. He taught the Morse Code for 5 months in Texas. He served 5 months in England, 1 year in Africa and 1.5 years in Italy. He was wounded in Italy on June 12, 1944 while in a tank. He spent 3 months in a hospital in Naples, Italy and received the Purple Heart.

After discharge in 1945, he returned to Salem and was united in marriage to Faye Roling on February 26th, 1946. They lived in Mitchell, SD for one year. They returned to Salem where they built their home with the help of relatives and friends. Norm worked for Walt's Garage as a mechanic until 1967. They moved to Santa Ana, CA in 1967, where he worked for the City of Santa Ana.

He retired in 1985 and in 1988 Norm and Faye moved back to Salem. His wife Faye passed away on Oct. 10th, 1995.

Norm was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Salem, SD. He also belonged to the American Legion in Salem. Norm was a true Irishman and loved to spend his weekends flying airplanes. Some of his daughter's favorite memories are flying with their dad.

Norm passed away in his home surrounded by his family on August 28th,

2015, having reached the age of 96 years, 3 months, 4 days. Funeral mass will begin at 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will begin at 9 am on Tuesday with a 3 pm rosary and 7 pm prayer service at Kinzley Funeral Home in Salem. Family will be present one hour prior to the prayer service.

Norm will be missed by his children; Norma (Mike) Lanners of Laguna Hills, CA, Shanon (Fred) Schallenkamp of Sturgis, SD, and Dawn (Boyd) McGregor of Salem, SD; seven grandchildren, Kim (John) Howard, Kelly Lanners, Terri (Frank) Marcus, Chad Schallenkamp, Amber (Nate) Oines, April (Mark) Gederos, and Beau McGregor; seven great-grandchildren, Katherine and Ryan Marcus, Kylee and Blake Oines, Taylor, Hattie, and Jaks Gederos. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother William, and his wife Faye.


Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 30, 2015
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