James E. Murphy
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James "Jim" Edward Murphy, 86, of Washington, IN passed away on Tuesday January 5, 2021 at Daviess Community Hospital after a long fight with Alzheimer's Disease.
He was born on August 6, 1934 in Montgomery, Indiana the son of Fred and Loretta (Haag) Murphy. He was a 1952 graduate of Montgomery High School and member of St. Peter Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 630. On June 17, 1954, he married the love of his life, Mary Brothers.
Jim, a proud veteran of the US Army, was a retired bricklayer with the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers (50+ years) and had been employed with Don Nolan construction, serving as superintendent on many projects in and around Southern Indiana, including high schools and universities. In his later years, he was "Clerk of the Works" on the Daviess County Security Center, the first building at NWSC Tech Park, and the Washington Jr/Sr High School renovation project. He enjoyed golfing, mushroom hunting, fishing, turtle and fish fries, and making his family, especially his grandchildren, happy. Everything he did, he did with pride, even mowing his yard. Rarely was there a blade of grass out of place.
Jim is survived by his wife of over 66 years, Mary; his daughters, Anita (Tom) Ash and Jamie (Tony) Graber; grandchildren Kelly Ash, Karly Theroff, Elaina Lynch, Kacey Frette, Emily Thompson, Erika Taber, and Molly Lynch; eight great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sisters Marilyn (Tedd) Davis, Sharon Herring, and Mary Jeanne Bassler, brother and best friend Steve (Jeanie) Murphy; brothers-in-law Al Moore, Bob Brothers, Max Stuckwisch, and Steve (Missy) Brothers; sisters-in-law Rose Anne Sellers, and Beth (Bill) Babrick; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his dog Paddy.
He will be welcomed in heaven by his parents, his sister Virginia Moore, sisters-in-law Theresa Walker, Jane Stuckwisch, and Anita Brothers; brothers-in-law Tony Brothers, Mike Herring, Joe Bassler, Paul Walker, and Paul Sellers; infant son James Michael, and son Anthony "Tony" Stephen.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Sudhakar Bhastati and concelebrants, Rev. Joseph Erbacher, and Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker. Burial and military rights will follow in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N Michigan Ave. Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, in Jim's memory in hope that they can find a cure for this terrible disease.
Online condolences can be made at www.blakefuneralhomes.com
Arrangements provided by Blake and Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery, Indiana.
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