Bernard 'Swede' Ralph (1935 - 2007)
Contact: Carol (Purkis) Mitte
Surnames: Murphy, Macknick, Kurasz, Anding, Kinnear, Barylski, Johnson, Ormond, Biebert, Nemitz, Peltier
----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) April 18, 2007; PG.9
Murphy Bernard 'Swede' Ralph (30 Aug. 1935 - 12 April 2007)
Bernard Murphy, 71 of Christie, WI died Thursday, April 12, 2007 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bernard Ralph Murphy was born on Aug. 30, 1935 at the home farm in the town of Weston, the son of Frank and Lucille (Macknick) Murphy. He attended grade school north of Christie at the Mound School. He attended high school in Greenwood graduating in 1953. He married Rosemary Kurasz on June 20, 1959 in Neillsville, Wis. He took over the farm in 1960 and together he and Rosie farmed for 40 years. During this time he worked for the Neillsville School System. Bernard was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Neillsville, Wis. He was an avid hunter and was an honorary member of the Dairyland Fox and Coon Hunters Club. He was a member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and was featured in their magazine two years ago as an "Ironclad Hunter". He always made it to opening weekend of Bear Hunting he also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends and especially cherished his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Rosemary; four children ,Larry (Carrie) Murphy, of Butternut, WI; David Murphy ,of Greenwood; Donna (David) Anding, of Greenwood, and Alan (Jo) Murphy, of Butternut; seven grandchildren, Jonathon, Jill, Drew, and Ben Anding, Lacey and Taylor Murphy and Luke Murphy; step-grandchildren, Matt and Dennis Anding, Jaci Kinnear, C raig, Neil and Ben Barylski; and a step-great-grandchild, Alyssa Anding. He is further survived by three sisters, Gertrude Johnson and Frances Ormond, both of Neillsville, and Marjorie Kurasz, of DuBois, WY.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Arthur and Harold Murphy.
Funeral services for Bernard were held Monday, April 16, 2007 at St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville, Wis. Pastor Timothy Biebert officiated. Music was provided by Sharon Nemitz, organist and St. John's School Choir. Internment was in the Neillsville City Cemetery.
Casket Bearers we
Re: Ronnie Kurasz, Wally Ormond, Ronnie Ormond, Chuck Johnson, Craig Kurasz, Rick Murphy, Jonathon Anding, and Mike Peltier.
The Gesche Funeral Home assisted Bernard's family with funeral arrangements.
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