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Thomas R. Murphy

October 29, 1919 April 1, 2008
Thomas R. Murphy
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WEST PEORIA-Thomas R. Murphy, 88, of West Peoria, passed away peacefully at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at his residence, surrounded by his loving children. He was born on October 29, 1919 in Peoria to Michael D. and Mary Johnson Murphy. He married Estelle R. Cassidy on April 22, 1950 in Peoria. She survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Terri Murphy and her partner, (Phyllis Moody) of Hillsborough, NC, Maggie (David) Severino of Carlock, IL and Lisa (Jeff) Jones of Brimfield; three grandchildren, Amy Bevins, Ryan Jones and Carley Jones; and numerous good friends. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Murphy, two brothers and one sister. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving as Sergeant in the 20th Engineer Combat Battalion in the European Theatre, landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, participating in the liberation of France and the Battle of the Bulge and surviving eight days in the Hurtgen Forest. He was awarded the Purple Heart, one Silver Battle Star, three Bronze Battle Stars, and a Presidential Unit Citation. Thomas was a Planning Engineer at Caterpillar, Inc., where he worked for 40 years, retiring in 1980. Thomas was always looking to help others and his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. He loved his family, his friends, and his country. He was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church and T.P.A. and enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing poker with friends. A Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Mark’s Church with Rev. Joseph Mwinzi officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary and 30 minutes before the mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria. Military rites will be accorded at the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, and the Southwest Indian Children’s Fund, Don Stewart Assoc., P.O. Box 906, Broken Arrow, OK 74013. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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