Joseph Jerome Murphy, age 89, of Hutchinson, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at this home.
He was born Feb. 24, 1930, at the family farm in rural Hutchinson, McLeod County, the son of Joseph and Martha (Klima) Murphy.
Joseph was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in faith at the Congregational Church in Silver Lake. He was also confirmed as an adult at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
He received his early education at Kaminsky Country School District #11, and finished his education at Hutchinson High School, Class of 1947.
After High school, Joe farmed on the family farm in rural Hutchinson.
He was united in marriage to Helen (Janke) June 11, 1955, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. They shared 64 years of marriage and were blessed with four children.
Joe’s passion was dairy farming.
He also enjoyed playing pinochle, fishing, attending threshing and antique tractor shows, old-time music, and spoiling his many small house dogs over the years. Joe especially enjoyed visits from children, grandchildren, friends, and family.
As Joe would say many times . . . ”It’s never so bad that it couldn’t be worse.” He is now experiencing the joys of heaven.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Martha (Klima) Murphy; a sister, Millicent Rosenow and her husband Harold; brothers John and Benjamin (in infancy); and brothers-in-law Duane Hanke and Lyle Kressin.
He is survived by loving wife, Helen; sons Larry (Judy) Murphy and their children, Sadie (Todd) Jenkins, Melissa (Matt) Kohls, and Michael (Patty) Murphy; and Russel (Valerie) Murphy and their children, Bethany (Tim) King and Bridget (Nathaniel) Lehn; and daughters Connie (Keith) Johnson and their children, Crystal (Josh) Bailey, Amy (Padraic) O’Shea, and Cody (Kara) Johnson; and Julie (Rod) Flann and their children, Sarah (Denny) Biljan and Mathew (Brenda) Flann.
Joe is further survived by 19 great-grandchildren; sisters Martha Hanke and Joanne Kressin; brothers Frank Murphy, Daniel Murphy, and Harry Murphy; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Gerhard H. Bode officiating. Interment was at Bohemian National Cemetery.
There was visitation Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake; continuing at the church Thursday, one hour prior to services.
Joe’s 10 grandchildren were his casket bearers.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.