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Raymond H. Murphy, 89

Nov 20, 2011

Raymond H. Murphy, 89

Blue Earth – Raymond H. Murphy, age 89, of Blue Earth, was welcomed into his heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, by Carmel, his wife of 65 years, who died earlier this year.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 14, 2011, at SS Peter and Paul?Catholic Church in Blue Earth. The Rev. Jon Moore officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Blue Earth.

Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service assisted the family with the arrangements.

Raymond was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Faribault County, the son of William Howard and Anna Irene (Guckeen) Murphy. He was raised, educated and lived his entire life in the Guckeen area where he farmed the family farm one mile east of Guckeen. He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Guckeen, where he was baptized and confirmed, until the church closed and he became a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth. Raymond was married to Carmel T.?Schultz on Oct. 30, 1945, in Easton. He retired from farming in 1984 but continued to live in the Guckeen area until just after his wife’s death earlier this year. He had currently been a resident of St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center. Raymond was an avid reader and loved to visit with his many friends. He was a historian of the Guckeen area and the many families who resided there and had served on the Jo Daviess Township board and was Court Baliff of Faribault County for 10 years. He also was part of the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Council and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was known for his beautiful tea rose gardens, immaculate lawn and his joy of spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Raymond is survived by his children, Carol (Bob) Moore, of Blue Earth, George (Jean) Murphy, of Blue Earth, Barbara (Tom) Bleckeberg, of Austin, Sue (Tom)?Riemann, of Albert Lea, Clyde Murphy, of Chaska, and Matthew Murphy, of San Francisco, Calif.; brother, Bob (Angie) Murphy, of Blue Earth; sister, Marlene (Jerry) Winter, of Rake, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by is parents; wife, Carmel, in May of 2011; and brothers, Harold and Donald Murphy.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com