Obit: Murphy, Edward L. (1915 - 1958)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Murphy, Lindsey, Meyer, Bernack, Brown, Hauswirth, Horn, Erickson, Wallmuth, Bakken, Bertelsen, Swartling, Olson, Waterman, Winn, Beeckler, Schultz, Gallagher, Hemp, Allen, Mabie, Harcey  

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) November 6, 1958 

Murphy, Edward L. (20 October 1915 - 4 November 1958) 

Funeral services for Edward L. Murphy, former chairman of the Town of Dewhurst and former Neillsville resident, have been tentatively set for Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. from the Masonic Temple.  Masonic services will be followed by burial in the Neillsville City Cemetery. 

Murphy, a resident of West Palm Beach, Fla., for the last year, died at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Mound City, Ill., near Cairo, as the result of a coronary occlusion.  He had been affected by a heart ailment for several years.. 

He was returning to his home in Florida at the time of his death.  About 19 days ago Murphy brought his mother, Mrs. Minnie Murphy and his son, Robert, to Neillsville, where they are now making their home.  He left on the return trip to Florida October 27. 

Enroute last Thursday night, Murphy was robbed in Mound City by two Negroes, who relieved him of his pocketbook, cash and all credentials. Two men are being held there on the robbery charge, according to word received here. 

Murphy was awaiting the prosecution of the men when he was stricken Tuesday. The cause of his death was fixed by the coroner of the Illinois County. 

Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Georgas of the Georgas Funeral Home expected to leave today (Thursday) for Mound City to return the body here. They will be met there by Mrs. Murphy, who will arrive there from Florida at noon. 

The body is expected to lie in state at the Georgas Funeral Home from Sunday until Monday noon, when it will be removed to the Masonic Temple for the services.  

Edward L. Murphy was born October 20, 1915, in Neillsville, the son of the late W. L. Murphy and Mrs. Louise (Meyer) Murphy.  He received his education in the local schools and was graduated from Neillsville High School. 

He farmed in the townships of Dewhurst, Pine Valley and York and owned and operated a tavern in the Town of Dewhurst for several years.  He also served that township as its representative on the county board of supervisors, succeeding his father in that position. 

In 1935, he was married to Miss Marion Bernack of La Crosse, who survives.  Other survivors are the son, Robert, and his mother. 

He was a member of the Consistory at Eau Claire, and of the Masonic Lodge, No. 163 F. & A. M., of Neillsville. 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) November 13, 1958 

Masonic services for Edward L. Murphy, 43, former Town of Dewhurst and Neillsville resident, were held Monday afternoon from the Masonic Temple.  Burial was made in the Neillsville City Cemetery. 

The Rev. Frank B. Harcey, pastor of the United Church of Christ, was assisted by Milo R. Mabie of the Neillsville Lodge, No. 163, F. & A. M.  

Pallbearers were: William Gallagher, Walter Brown, Warren Hemp, Dale Schultz, Marvin Hemp and W. H. Allen. 

People from away who attended were: Mrs. Marian Murphy, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Lawrence Brown, Miss Marilyn Brown, Mrs. William Hauswirth, and Mrs. Herman Horn, La Crosse; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Erickson, Mr. and Mrs. George Wallmuth, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wallmuth, Merrillan; Mr. and Mrs. Arne Bakken and Mrs. L. G. Bertelsen, Black River Falls; Bernice Swartling, Merrillan; Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Olson, Greenwood; Clark Waterman, F. E. Winn and Mrs. Ben H. Beeckler, Granton; and Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Schultz, Merrillan. 



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