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Richard D. "Monk" Murphy, 86, Kokomo, went to be with the Lord, at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at St. Vincent Kokomo. He was born Feb 10, 1931, in Kokomo, the son of Frank and Georgia Murphy. On July 28, 1956, he married Virginia L. Hunter who preceded him in death in 1995.
Richard graduated from Kokomo High School in 1949, and served as vice president of his class. He played football, and was selected as All-State football guard and was a catcher on the baseball team. He graduated from Franklin College in 1953 with a BA in education. At Franklin College, he was selected as Little All-American guard.
Drafted in the Army, Richard spent three years in the Army Artillery and served in Korea. Upon discharge, he worked for Continental Steel Corp. for two years. Richard accepted a teaching/coaching position at Western High School in 1954. During his time at Western High School, he implemented the Western football program.
In May 1961, he went to work for Delco Electronics. On April 24, 1992, after 32 years of service, he retired as a manufacturing superintendent. His memberships included 54 years at First EPC Church, where he served as elder and member of building and grounds committee. He was also a member of Masonic Fraternity and the BPOE. Richard loved spending time with his family and working outdoors.
Survivors include his three daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah J. and Brian Shearer, Machelle M. and Ben McHaney, and Jennifer L. and Mike Wiles, all of Kokomo; two sisters-in-law, Doris Jean Riley and Shirley Murphy; grandchildren, Craig and Morgan Shearer, Michael and Megan Shearer, Heather and Ron Riebe, Meghan Wiles, and Morgan Wiles; great-grandchildren, Madison and Hunter Shearer, Trevor and Nolan Kessler, Brylee Riebe, and Mylah Wiles, along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Bill Murphy and Howard Murphy, sisters-in-law, Pat Murphy and Phyllis Butcher, and brothers-in-law, Robert Riley and Leroy Butcher.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 W. Jefferson Street, Kokomo, with Pastor Joyce Harris officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Private family burial will take place at a later date in Albright Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, and one hour prior to funeral services on Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in Richard's memory to First EPC. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on November 12, 2017
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