Wesley David Murphy
FIRESTEEL - Memorial services for Wesley David Murphy, age 57, of Firesteel, will be 1 p.m. MDT Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the Isabel Community Center in Isabel, with Pastor Bryce Schaffer.
Wesley David Murphy, 57, passed Saturday, April, 21, 2012, at Isabel, S.D., after a battle with cancer. Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements.
Wesley was born on April 21, 1955, in Rapid City, S.D., to David and Arlene (Shavlik) Murphy. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1973. He graduated from Midwest Driver School in 1978. Wesley began his career driving over the road for Midwest Coast. Wesley married Carol Lynn Haahr July 11, 1981, in Algona, Iowa. They made their home in Firesteel, S.D., where Wesley worked for Wilson Farms driving truck and farming.
Wesley's daughter, Fallon Lynn, was born Nov. 4, 1991.
Wesley began hauling fuel for Darrel Burke of Burke Grain Company, where he worked until he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010. Wesley was recognized for driving truck over 1,000,000 miles accident free in 2001. In 2002, Wesley was given an award for driver of the month by the South Dakota Safety Management Council for an excellent driving record and a positive attitude toward highway safety. Burke Grain Company presented Wesley with a plaque for outstanding service as a professional truck driver.
Wesley is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carol, and his daughter, Fallon, both of Firesteel, S.D.; his mother, Arlene, of Rapid City, S.D.; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Dennis and Patty of Bismarck, N.D., and Steven and Jeffrey, both of Rapid City, S.D.; Godson, Kyler Ley of Timber Lake, S.D.; father and mother-in-law, Curtis and Esther Haahr of Ringsted, Iowa; two brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Calvin Haahr of Ringsted, Iowa, Verlyn and Leanna Haahr of Waterloo, Iowa; and nieces and nephews, Nicholas, Andy, April, Allison, Jacey, Benjamin, Daniel, Megan, Mariah and Andrew.
Wesley was preceded in death by his father, David Lewis, a niece, Summer; and grandparents, Joseph and Kathryn Shavlik, and David and Alice Murphy.
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Published by Rapid City Journal on Apr. 23, 2012.