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William R. Murphy

March 28, 1936 July 22, 2014
William R. Murphy
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PEORIA - William R. Murphy, 78, of Peoria passed away 9:24 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at his residence. William was born March 28, 1936, in Peoria to William L. and Petronella (Zantaski) Murphy. He graduated from Spalding Institute in 1954. He later served in the US Navy from 1954-1958 as a radioman and retired from Keystone Steel & Wire Company in Bartonville in 1983. William was an active member of Alcoholic Anonymous since 1970, helping to start four AA groups in Peoria since then. One of those groups – Share Clean Air (non-smoking) AA group started in 1992 - making it was the first non-smoking AA group to start in Peoria. He said, “This was the best thing to happen to AA in & around the city of Peoria. Amen.” He was a former member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Peoria. There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday July 29, 2014, at St. Joseph in West Peoria. Deacon Robert Myers will officiate. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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