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Thomas Henry "Murph" Murphy, 72, Kokomo, passed away at 12:12 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at his home. He was born Oct. 20, 1944, in Kokomo. He was the son of Cecil Henry Murphy and Evelyn (Mills) McClish. On July 11, 1981, he married Glenda A. Hoel, and she survives.
Tom was a graduate of Kokomo High School. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1967 with the 39th Construction Combat Engineers in Vietnam. Tom retired Nov. 30, 2008, from Chrysler Corp. after 40 years of service. He was a 48-year member of UAW Local 685, and a lifetime member of VFW Post 1152. He spent 30 years in public awareness of veterans' issues, and traveled the state and country with his parade float. Tom was one of the original founders of the Howard County Vietnam Veterans, and served four years in volunteer work for the National League of Families of POW and MIA. He enjoyed antique cars and hot rods.
Tom is survived by his wife of 35 years, Glenda Murphy; son, Calvin Murphy, Kokomo; a son and a daughter from a previous marriage who have blessed him with four grandchildren and one great-grandson; sisters, Kay Stough, Kokomo, Cathy (Wayne) Rombold, Tennessee, and Lisa (Greg) Hounschell, Kokomo; brother, Rick (Dee) Smith; sister-in-law, Gloria Murphy, Kokomo; brother-in-law, Tom Gagnon, Kokomo; special niece, Tammy Mohr; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Murphy; sister, Carol Gagnon; brother-in-law, Larry Stough; and a granddaughter.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, with military honors following visitation. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Information will be posted in the in the UAW Local 685 newsletter and the Kokomo Tribune.
Memorial contributions may be made in Tom's memory to the DAV. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on April 20, 2017
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