Obit: Murphy, Robert D. (1926 - 2011)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt

Surnames: Brown, Franke, Guenther, Howard, Johnston, Murphy, Oemig, Ratzloff, Todd

----Source: The Record - Review (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wisconsin) Wednesday, August 3, 2011, online edition

Murphy, Robert D. (April 13, 1926 - June 27, 2011)

Robert D. Murphy, 77, Marshfield, died on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Bethel Center, Arpin.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Marshfield. Rev. Jon Guenther officiated and Lynda Oemig was the organist for congregational singing.

Burial took place in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, where military rites were conducted by the American Legion Post 54. Pallbearers were Brent Brown, Sam Murphy, Daren Ratzloff, Dennis Todd, Gary Franke and Greg Murphy.

Robert Murphy was born on Oct. 1, 1933, in Weston, to Fred and Leota (Howard) Murphy.

He was a 1951 graduate of Greenwood High School. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving from October 1953 until September 1956.

On Sept. 7, 1957, he married Esther J. Todd in Granton. They farmed in the town of Rib Falls, Marathon County, for many years. They returned to Greenwood and then he was employed at Weyerhaeuser Corporation until his retirement. He enjoyed building remote control model airplanes and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Esther, Marshfield; a daughter, Roxanne Brown, Marshfield; five grandchildren, Lindsey, Jessica, Brent, Sam and Molly; two great-grandchildren, Khloe and Cadence; two brothers, Wayne (Meta) Murphy, Ely, Minn., and Floyd (Caroline) Murphy, Willard, and one sister; Betty (Lavon) Johnston, Belen, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Randy, on March 30, 2011.

A memorial will be designated in Bob’s name at a later date.


When I am gone, just release me, let me go – so I can move into my afterglow. You mustn’t tie me down with your tears; let’s be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess how much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it’s time I traveled on alone. So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted with trust. It’s only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. And then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home.”

Condolences may be sent online to

Rembs Funeral Home, Marshfield, assisted the family with arrangements.

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