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Richard L. "Dick" Murphy
Richard L. “Dick” Murphy, age 87 of Oak Park, formerly of Chicago. Beloved husband of the late Laverne A. (nee Grisanti) Murphy, loving father of Anne Ryan, Mary Ellen (Brian) McGuire, Amy Rosten, Ric (Aimee Conlee) Murphy and the late Meg Murphy, cherished grandfather of Jessica Ryan, Andrew (Molly), Brendan (Kristi), Caileigh and Bella McGuire and Jillian, Liam and Ava Rosten, dear brother of the late Paul T. (Marcia) Murphy, fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. Richard was a proud graduate of John Carroll University, class of 1957 and served on the John Carroll Scholarship committee for many years. He was a member of Village Players, Free Readers Theater, Marriage Encounter and West Suburban P.A.D.S.. He enjoyed gardening, live theater, dancing and live music. He was an avid Cubs fan. Visitation Friday, March 4th, 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 S. DesPlaines Avenue, North Riverside. Visitation Saturday, March 5th, 10:00am – 11:00am at St. Bernardine Church, 7246 Harrison Street, Forest Park. Funeral Mass 11:00am. Services will conclude following the Funeral Mass. Cremation Private. Memorial donations to American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Midwest Chapter or John Carroll University, Fenwick Leadership Scholarship (Select-I wish to support OTHER, then, I wish to support, type FENWICK)
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This funeral is not your good-bye
Or our good-byes as we gather here.
With military trumpets
And Shannon Rovers
Wailing bagpipe so-longs
As we gather here to remember you.
This funeral is our hellos
We meet together as one
In the joy you gave us.
With Ave Marias
And praises to the Lord
This funeral is not your good-bye.
This funeral brings us together
A re-beginning of our love
A continuance of you
Our beings: alive and departed.
This funeral is not your good-bye.
Kathy Powers Mar 6 2022 4:58 PM
Our deepest sympathies to you and your families for your loss. Richard was a great, sweet, kind-hearted man and our family is forever grateful for all the help Richard and Laverne gave us when we needed it... always willing to lend a hand and be there no matter what the circumstances. Such a sad loss to so many and will be forever missed. Richard and Laverne are together again, and they are dancing.❤ Robert Johnson Family
Robert Johnson Mar 4 2022 7:16 PM
We remember Richard with great fondness.. His charm and wit sparked many special occasions at the Stempniak household and beyond. We loved being around Richard and LaVerne. Our very deepest sympathies and love to the Murphy family in its loss..We know Rich lives on through his wonderful family.,
We were blessed to know him.
Aggie, Martin(Jenny). Zach (Melissa) Peter (Liza) and children.
Aggie Stempniak Mar 4 2022 5:26 PM
Thinking of the Murphy family and remembering Mr. Murphy for his kind heart, warm smile and tremendous devotion to his family. I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories.
Peggy Pertner Mar 4 2022 5:36 AM
"Those we love never really leave us; they live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared and the love then brought into our lives"
Sending Love and Strength to all those blessed to be a part of his life.
The Cloherty Family Mar 4 2022 1:31 AM
Was in attendance at Laverne and Dick's wedding in Cleveland when I was a sophomore at JCU.It was a grand day to be with two wonderful people,Aren't we all so thankful to have known them.RIP
Marty Dempsey Mar 3 2022 8:25 PM
Fondly remember our times together with Dick and LaVerne, especially the laughs at his classic wit. Beyond that who can forget our memorable trips together with old JCU Glee Club, and not to forget the riotous class reunions, especially our 25th!!
Bart (Class of 57) and Eileen Merella Mar 3 2022 4:12 PM
Rich and I were classmates and friends. He will be missed.
Jack Noland, Fenwick '53 Mar 3 2022 3:56 PM
Sending much love from our family to yours in this trying time. The Murphy family, with Dick at the wheel, was such a beacon of light to everyone. Growing up with Ric and getting to interact with his family was always pure joy.
Jeff Holt Mar 3 2022 2:00 PM
When I was in Grade School, he was like a second father to me. I hope your happy memories will help you through this difficult time.
Barry Cooper Mar 3 2022 12:25 PM