Hardworking, loving and witty were just a few ways to describe George Murphy. He had a strong Christian faith, was passionate about people knowing the Lord and took it as an honor to lead his family in prayer before meals. George had a great sense of humor; an amazing laugh and his witty phrases will be missed by his family along with his happy birthday wishes to all his family members on their birthdays.
The 1930's is mostly associated with the Great American Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt pledged to use the power of our government to make Americans' lives better, but there were many things going on in the 30's like the end of prohibition, the discovery of Pluto, air mail service across the Atlantic Ocean began, and the invention of 3M's Scotch Tape were just a few things. Nothing was more exciting for Floyd M. and Opal (Harroff) Murphy as they welcomed their first-born child, George C. Murphy at their farmhouse in rural Noble County, Indiana on February 6, 1931.
Growing up on the farm, George had plenty of chores to keep him busy. He spent countless hours growing mint, picking the leaves in the early morning dew and distilling them on the family farm. He found time to play basketball with friends, but to participate on the school team, he would have had to walk home several miles after school, so he opted not to play while attending Cromwell High School.
During his teenage years, he met a young gal that would win his heart over. George and Wanda F. Stump got to know each other through their church and would begin dating. The high school sweethearts would be engaged before he graduated with the Class of 1950. They were married on July 9, 1951 before he was sent off to serve in U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After being stationed in England, Wanda would join him, and they would begin a family in another continent. After being honorably discharged 4 years later, they would move back, and George went back to work on the family farm.
George would work at a plastic making company for seven years before taking a job with Harvester in Fort Wayne. The company would eventually move its operations out of Fort Wayne, and he was given an opportunity to continue work for them in Springfield, Ohio. He and Wanda would then move. He would go on to retire after 31 years from Navistar in 1997. George picked up a part time job with Meijer for a few years and in 2000, he and Wanda moved back to Indiana to live in Churubusco before moving to their current home in Fort Wayne in 2015.
One to stay busy, George learned the skills of upholstery and did upholstery work part time along with working at Enterprise and the local car auctions in Fort Wayne. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going fishing, going camping and playing horseshoes. At the age of 12 he asked for a guitar for his birthday and taught himself how to play along with the harmonica. George became quite good at playing and loved it when he and his siblings played their musical instruments together while at the church where he was a member of, Big Lake Church of God. They also played at several other churches over the years and the A.M. Radio station, WOWO.
On Thursday morning, February 13, 2020, George Murphy passed away in his sleep at the age of 89. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Wanda Murphy; daughter, Debra Jamerson of Churubusco; son, Michael (Rose) Murphy of Fort Wayne; daughter-in-law, Linda Murphy of Brandenburg, KY; brother, Gene (Carol) Murphy of Syracuse; sister, Maryanna Leitch of Churubusco; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steven W. Murphy; brothers, Estel Murphy and LeRoy Murphy; and sister, Linda Hontz.
A gathering of family and friends will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2020 at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Samuel Mills officiating. Burial to follow at Thorn Cemetery. Memorials may be given in his memory to Big Lake Church of God, Cancer Services of North East Indiana or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences.
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I can't list all the wonderful memories I have of George but I'll touch a few. I remember the guitar and banjo hanging on the wall when we would go and visit. As young as I was, George would get them down and let me play them. He was a true one-of-a-kind man. He was strong and rough with a voice that demanded attention but he had a perpetual smile that made you want a hug and a kind heart that made you feel loved. I remember the fishing, the horse shoes, the camper by the lake, and the upholstery shop off the back of the house. Going to see George and Wanda was like going home. Peace and love permeated every corner. If Mike and I could restrain ourselves from flying paper airplanes down the stairs we were almost always promised a piece of Texas Sheet cake with everyone together in the kitchen. George was the uncle everyone should have. I'm proud of him and his faith in Jesus. He lived it, spoke it, and showed it on his face. There is no doubt he is loving his new home, thanking his Lord and Savior, and looking for a good fishing lake. I can't wait to see you again.
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Brett Gerber, Randy Grimes, Kris Hardiman and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
So sorry for your loss. We loved having you for neighbors!
Condolences to the Wanda , all the Murphy family and all those who loved and cared for George.
Kelly I'm truly sorry for your loss. You and your family have my deepest condolences.
Condolences to the Murphy Family, May God keep you under His wings!
Dear Wanda, Mike, and all the Murphy family,
Though your hearts are heavy, be assured that your husband, dad, and grandpa is right now rejoicing in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. One very joy-filled day you will see each other again. That is a promise from Jesus himself. Peace be with you all.
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