Wesley David Murphy
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.
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Carol & Fallon,
We are deeply sorry for your loss....I hope you find comfort in knowing your special angel is now driving a big rig in Heaven and watching over his girls! Hugs to both of you!

Stan & Donna Schlosser
April 25, 2012
Wesley befriended me and others effortlessly. He was simply kind, thoughtful, and considerate. He shared his love of books, coffee, his horseradish, his recipes, and his friendship with me. He was always sincerely glad to see me.I miss him so.
Mary Hays
April 24, 2012
April 23, 2012
Carol and family...I am sorry to hear of your loss!! Wes was a fine, kind, gentleman..I went to school with him from 1st at White Eagle School then Douglas School until our graduation in 1973...our father's did many projects together, including the addition at White Eagle School in the 60's..he will be truly missed! My condolence and my thoughts are you and your family!!
Alice ( Brooks ) Pike
April 23, 2012
Carol and family, I'am sorry to hear of your loss! I went to school with Wesley at White Eagle School from 1st grade until we graduated together at Douglas High in 1973..He was true gentleman and a wonderful friend..Our father's help each other on many projects, including the building of the addition of the White Eagle School back in the 60's....My condolences and thoughts are with you and your families!!
Alice ( Brooks ) Pike
April 23, 2012
I am truly glad I got to meet Wes and stay with all of you a couple of times. I will miss him. Please never hesitate to call if there is anything I can do for you.
tom held
April 23, 2012
I am very sorry to hear about Wesley's passing. He was one of the good guys to be around and I will miss him.
Jerry Hall (Tenn)
Jerry Hall
April 23, 2012
I knew Wesley from when we attended Rapid Valley United Methodist Church in the 1960s and we went to high school together. I remember him as a quiet, gentle person. My condolences and thoughts are with you all.
Ken Erickson
April 23, 2012
Carol/Fallon, I am so sorry for your loss. Wesley was one of the special people I have met in my life that welcomed me to your home and treated me like a lifelong freind . I will miss Wes deeply but will never forget him. Gary Batykefer
Gary Batykefer
April 23, 2012
Sorry for your loss, Dennis.
Judy Kimbel
April 23, 2012