Donald John Murphy

Donald John Murphy

Birth
Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, USA
Death 20 Jul 1984 (aged 39)
Polk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Weller, Monroe County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 113777228 · View Source
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Donald John Murphy was born November 9, 1944 at Knoxville, the son of James Francis and Catherine Bingaman Murphy. He spent most of his life in the Knoxville area. He graduated from Knoxville High School in the class of 1963 and later entered the Coast Guard.

On Friday, July 20, 1984, Donald Murphy was reported missing from a Knoxville hospital. In November hunters found his skeletal remains in northern Polk County just a few days prior to what would have been Murphy's 40th birthday.

He was preceded in death by his father and an infant brother and sister. He was survived by his mother Catherine of Knoxville; his brothers, James Murphy of Woods, Wisc., Gene Murphy of Lovington, N.M., and Gerald Michael Murphy of rural Knoxville; and his sisters, Mary Margaret Eddleman of Knoxville and Mrs. Clair Lois Rankin of Hobbs, N.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Murphy's birthday, Nov. 9, 1984, with Rev. Philip Ryan officiating. Pallbearers were Bruno Avon, Jim Brees, Bob Momyer, Michael Beard, John Anderson and Charles Galeazzi.

Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery at Weller, Iowa.


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  • Created by: Jody Ewing
  • Added: 13 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113777228
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald John Murphy (9 Nov 1944–20 Jul 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113777228, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Weller, Monroe County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Jody Ewing (contributor 47271115) .