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Dick Murphy (A-Mechanic Building Maint) - Class of 1997 VIEW PROFILE

Dick Murphy (A-Mechanic Building Maint)



Dick Murphy       

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Richard "Dick" Thomas Murphy went to see the Lord on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Dick was born on December 3, 1931, to William (Bill) and Rose Murphy in Powell, Wyoming.  Growing up on the family farm in the shadows of the Big Horns to the east and Absaroka Mountains to the west, Dick always longed for blue skies, clean air and wide open spaces.  After graduating from Powell High School, Dick proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.  Dick was stationed in Japan during the Korean War, serving as a jet mechanic and instructor.

Dick was the ninth of 12 children; three girls and nine boys.  He was married to Dorothy (Joey) Bruneau on March 2, 1957, in Browning.  They made their home in Missoula, but soon moved to Arlee.  Dick ranched at Arlee while working full-time at the Horner-Waldorf mill beginning December 30, 1957 and together with Joey raising their family.  Dick sold the ranch and then retired from the mill in 1997.  Dick was an active supporter of youth 4-H programs.  Countless August days and nights were spent serving as a barn superintendent at the Missoula County fair.  He never missed a sports game when one of his children was playing.

Dick is survived by those six children, Carla Butler (Mike) of Dayton, Nevada, Kathleen Murphy (Susan) of Waldo, Maine, Jeanine Allen (Brad) of Wenatchee, Washington, Richard Murphy (Wendy) of Lolo, Kevin Murphy (Erin) of Missoula and Joseph Murphy of Salem, Oregon.  Dick had 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 10 siblings, and his great-granddaughter, Jasmine.

A funeral service and burial took place Saturday afternoon, August 29, 2015 at the St. John Berchman (Jocko) Catholic Church and Cemetery east of Grey Wolf Drive and Agency Road in Arlee.  A reception followed to celebrate Dick’s life at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church across from Arlee High School.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support Alzheimer's research or in support of the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.

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