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James L. Murphy

November 22, 1926 January 23, 2008
James L. Murphy
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PEORIA-James L. Murphy, 81 of Peoria, passed away at 10:58 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at Proctor Hospital He was born on November 22, 1926 in Hindsboro, IL to Jerry and Mildred McMillan Murphy. He married Joann Cobetto on August 7, 1971 in Peoria. She survives. He is also survived by two sons, Patrick Murphy of Phoenix, Arizona and Michael Murphy of Champaign, IL; one sister, Sue Horton of Peoria and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia Maggio. He was a Bradley University graduate and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. James started working at P. A. Bergner Co. as a teenager. He later became assistant manager at the Sheridan Village store when it opened. He held the position of Research Director and was appointed Director of Personnel and Vice President to the company in September 1972. He ended his career as Manager in Madison Park. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a volunteer at the Riverfront Visitors Bureau. He was a supporter of the Nature Conservancy. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at Holy Family Church with Franciscan Friars officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with a Scripture Service at 6:45 p.m. Additional visitation will be 30 minutes before the mass at the church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to Forrest Park Nature Center. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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