Raymond A. MurphyRaymond A. Murphy, 77, of Watertown, SD and formerly of Grand Forks, ND died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Golden Living Center, in Milbank, SD.
Raymond A. Murphy
Raymond A. Murphy, 77, of Watertown, SD and formerly of Grand Forks, ND died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Golden Living Center, in Milbank, SD.
Raymond Ardell Murphy was born November 8, 1932 in Ardoch, ND the son of William and Agnes (Thompson) Murphy. He attended school in Grand Forks, ND. Raymond enlisted in the United States Army on March 25, 1953 and was honorably discharged from military service on March 4, 1955. Raymond married MaryAnn Fontaine on November 8, 1969. Following their marriage, they resided in Grand Forks and together they raised one daughter, Jody. MaryAnn preceded him in death on August 9, 1999. He was employed with Leonard and Jerry Driscoll and Solar Gas for many years. Later, he was employed with Altru Health Systems until his retirement in January 1996. Raymond enjoyed going to the casino, playing bingo and spending time with granddaughters and family. He was a member of the American Legion Post 157 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817.
He is survived by, his daughter Jody (Troy) Mankie, Watertown, SD; brothers Tom (Joyce) Murphy, Grand Forks, ND, William (Bill) Murphy, Wichita, KS, Ronald Murphy, Grand Forks, ND; sisters Sue (Morris) Gaines, Denison, TX, Peggy Tillman, Grand Forks, ND; two granddaughters, Ashley and Jennifer Mankie, Watertown, SD; several nieces and nephews.
Raymond was preceded in death by, his wife MaryAnn; brothers, Jim and Dennis Murphy; a nephew Bill Tillman and his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 2010 in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service in the Gregory J. Norman Funeral Chapel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Thursday.
Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.
Military Honors: Members of the American Legion Post 157 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817 and the North Dakota National Guard.
The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com
(Gregory J. Norman-Norman Funeral Home, So. Washington St.)