Robert William Richard Murphey
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Robert Murphey
1936 ~ 2016
Robert William Richard Murphey of Nampa, Idaho lost his battle with cancer on June 12, 2016 surrounded by family. Bob was born to Edna Susanna (Mattson) and Richard Grant Murphey, Sr. on the family farm in Rudyard, Michigan on April 1, 1936. He was raised in Michigan and moved to Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Manual Arts High School, worked as a machinist, married Myrna Grace Pitzen and had two children, Gerald Graham and Debra Eileen, before relocating to Caldwell, Idaho in 1973. He worked as a machinist and later mechanical engineer for Ace Machine, Agrilines and Selkirk-Metalbestos. In 1980, he married Esther Lynn Fowler and in 1984 had Brian Robert.
Those are the basic facts concerning Robert, but the details comprising his rich life are many and varied giving evidence to a complex and complete man known to friends as "Bob."
Like his name, he was the same forwards and backwards. He was a straight-shooter bearing no hidden agenda. He spoke his mind, had strong opinion, but possessed the rare quality to think before speaking or acting. When asked a question, the inquirer often thought that Bob hadn't heard the question when in fact he was preparing a thoughtful response. He would ruminate over problems or puzzles until he could confidently and competently solve them. Often he would wake up at night mentally tracing processes and options until he could land on the best approach to whatever challenge piqued his inquisitive and logical mind. This ability made him a treasured asset for employers and the person friends and family could go to for anything.
Bob was good at whatever he did. If he was your friend, he was your best friend. He approached his hobbies with zeal and purpose including back-packing, dirt bikes, and water skiing. For many years, trap shooting was his passion and he traveled to many clubs to participate in or volunteer for shoots. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working with the Boy Scouts.
Although Bob wasn't a teacher by trade, he taught something practical and useful to nearly everyone who knew him. Additionally, many will remember less glamorous aspects of Bob: His snoring was epic, his humor dry and intelligently witty and he could be a creative prankster. To know Bob was to delight in the devilish twinkle in his eye and the shadow of a grin when he was about to deliver insightful one-liners or repartee.
If Bob had a stated philosophy, it could probably be summed up in a line written by one of his employees who chose him as the subject of an English composition paper. According to Bob, "You can still be a self-made man. All you need is ambition. If you are unhappy, then change it."
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard Murphey, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Esther; children, Gerald, Debra and Brian; granddaughter Janelle Murphey; sisters Janyce Dissin and Carolynne Bisel; brother Gregory; and beloved brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, aunt, and cousins.
There will be a viewing on Friday, June 17, from 9:00 to 10:30 AM followed by a brief funeral service at 10:30 AM at Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel 415 12th Ave South, Nampa, Idaho. A private family interment will be held at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth, Idaho. An online guest book is available at
Remembrances in Robert Murphey's name can be made to Mountain States Tumor Institute or St Al's Express of Nampa, Idaho.
Bob was very much loved and will be missed by family and friends.

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Published in Idaho Statesman from Jun. 15 to Jun. 16, 2016.
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June 17, 2016
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Murphey family. We both enjoyed visiting and trap shooting with him over the years. All our prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Paul and Marianne Watson
June 17, 2016
Bob will be deeply missed. I pray for his wife Esther and the family; that they will find strength to get them through the days ahead.
Pat Hodge
June 17, 2016
Any time spent with Bob was a good time. He was such a wonderful man. I think I will probably remember him most at Helen and Orvil's house, sitting and visiting with all the family, and seeing him pet and enjoy his sweet dog. Bob you will be missed. Enjoy your reunion with those who have passed before and are there to greet you. Thank you for your love and kindness.
Dorothy Munson
June 17, 2016
The kind of Uncle every kid should have.
The kind of Man EVERYONE should be lucky enough to know personally.
I'll never forget many moments talking with Uncle Bob, but the last time we were up there he expressed interest in land surveying, and said it always fascinated him. And I got the chance to talk his ear of a bit about it.
What an absolute honor. I will never forget it.
Inspires me to become a better surveyor. :)
Greg Fowler
June 16, 2016
Bob was an icon in the shooting community. I am proud to have known him and will miss him. My thoughts are with the family, his many friends and his best friend Kia
Lou Mowan
June 16, 2016
Bob with a great cook with the Boy Scouts. Also taught rifle shooting. A great guy and a great scouter!
Steve Jung
June 16, 2016
What a great guy. He taught me how to trap shoot. I'll never forget that. He was funny, smart, kind and he will be remembered for these and countless other qualities. I'm sure you're having a great reunion with those that have gone before you. Rest well "Bobby"
Deby Smith
June 15, 2016
I will miss you and your quiet strength. Even with my tears, I celebrate that you are out of pain and in a better place. All my love and prayers.

Stephanie Fowler Allen
Stephanie Allen
June 15, 2016
Bob was a kind, funny, caring, and unfailingly helpful man who I was proud to call family. I wish I had a nickel for every time over the last 30+ years that Dave or I said, "Let's ask Bob. He'll know." Robert, you will be missed.
Kathy Hix
June 15, 2016
Bob was a wonderful man. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Esther my prayers are with you and the family.
Cody Allen
June 15, 2016
Stan and Martha Clinton, Bob was a good man, a dear friend, we miss him. Our prayers go out to his family.
June 15, 2016
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