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James "Jim" E. Murphy

July 30, 1931 ~ April 29, 2019 (age 87)

James “Jim” E. Murphy, 87, of Washington, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. Jim was born on July 30, 1931, in St. Louis to the late Perry and Eva (nee Copelin) Murphy. He was united to the late Mary E. Hightower on December 24, 1952, in St. Louis after she preceded him in death, he married Peggy Sue Green on February 12, 2006, at the Methodist Church in Washington.  Jim was an avid St. Louis sports fan and spent many long afternoons and evenings listening, watching, and talking about the games and was a longtime and active member of the First United Methodist Church in Washington. Jim was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He loved taking the little ones on special road trips that created lasting memories of trips to Disney, famous landmarks, and beautiful natural wonders.


A visitation will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019, from 10 am until time of service at noon at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, 1206 Jefferson St., Washington, Missouri. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Cemetery. Memorial donations are appreciated to the American Diabetes Association.


James is survived by his wife, Peggy Sue Murphy of Washington; two children, Kathi Richter and husband Fred and Patrick Murphy, all of Washington; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Danny, Jimmy, Michelle, Elora, James, and Brenna; five great grandchildren, Mikayla, Mia, Thomas, Mason, and “Stanley;” a special niece, Patricia Heady; other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Eva Murphy; wife, Mary Murphy; one son, Mike Murphy; and three siblings, Perry Murphy, Frances Trail, and Mildred McKinney.

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