John Murphy

Murphy, John Gallagher

John Gallagher Murphy, 79, Olympia, Wash., died on 12th of April, 2013. John was born in Green Bay, Wis., on July 13, 1933, to Marjorie G. Murphy and E. Frederick Murphy. John graduated from St Francis grade school in De Pere and graduated in 1951 from Green Bay East High School. He attended Kiski preparatory school in Pittsburgh, Penn., and Colorado University. Short one semester of graduating from St. Norbert's College in 1954 John started working at Murphy Supply Co in Green Bay. He succeeded his father and became general manager and president in 1973 in the family business.

John married Loretta Smith Mckenna in 1979. John is survived by Loretta; her two children, Kenneth Smith (Suchi) and their two children, Mira and Ahman and Susan Armour and her two daughters, Hannah and Natalie. Also, surviving are two brothers, E. Frederick Murphy Jr (Betty) and Elbridge (Gus) Murphy (Joyce) and nieces and nephews, Frederick C. Murphy, Sheila Murphy, Catherine Murphy Brodner, John F. Murphy and Brick N. Murphy.

Door County, Wis., played an important role in John's life from his grandparent's to his parents' cottages in Egg Harbor to his home, the Stonehouse, in Sister Bay that he shared with Loretta. His years of racing sail boats in partnership with his brother, Gus, to cross country skiing, to later years of renewing his interest in golf, John was most at home on the peninsula of Door County. John was a loyal Packer fan and shared those Sundays afternoon seated closely to his brothers in a spot, he helped his father pick out as the stadium was being built.

John and Loretta moved to the West Coast and settled in Olympia, Wash., to be near family and grandchildren ten years ago.

If anyone wants to make a donation in John's name please do so to the Lacey STARS program located at Senior Center 6757 Pacific Ave Se Lacey, Wa 98503.

On Friday, May 17, at 3 p.m. a Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Church, St. Norbert's Campus. Visitation will be 2.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2013