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Robert “Murf” Murphy

Robert “MURF” Murphy, age 63, of Winthrop passed away after a short battle with cancer on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the Winthrop Good Samaritan Society in Winthrop. Memorial service was held Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop with interment at 2:30 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery, Cairo Township, Renville County, Minnesota. Bob is survived by an extensive family and group of friends. This includes his siblings, Patrick (Cathy) Murphy, Peggy Kiecker, Colleen (Steve) Blanks, Alice Fischer, Karen Murphy (Jon Stadtherr), Veronica Murphy, Leo (Joanne) Murphy, Ginny Murphy, Dennis Murphy, Gail (Joel) Rieffer, Lisa Murphy (Steve Cohen); uncles, Edward (Rose Marie) Garrahy and John Garrahy; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. Long time friend, Pam Murphy. MURF also had a strong group of friends who supported him throughout life’s ups and downs. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Catherine Murphy; siblings, Mary Appel, Glenn Murphy; brothers-in-law, Dallas Fischer and Marvin Kiecker. Clergy officiating was Pastor Bob Miner. Robert Edward Murphy was born on July 10, 1956, in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. He was the son of Francis and Catherine (Garrahy) Murphy. Robert was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith, both at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax. Bob or “MURF” as he was often called grew up on the family farm in rural Hector. He attended St. Andrew’s and Fairfax Public schools, graduating from Fairfax High School in 1974. He continued his education at Willmar Vo-Tech completing the Diesel Mechanic program. Throughout his life he had many careers. He worked as a diesel mechanic, farmer, long haul trucker, welder, warehouse worker and tree trimmer. He had an appreciation for antiques and was an avid collector throughout his life. Bob’s easy laugh, willingness to lend a hand and playing cribbage made him a friend to many. When he needed assistance with his daily care, Robert became a resident of the Winthrop Good Samaritan Society and passed away there on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the age of 63 years. Blessed be his memory. Arrangements by Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at<> Please click on obituaries and guest book.

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