NEW MADRID -- Gus C. Murphy Jr., 77, died Jan. 4, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born Jan. 12, 1931, in New Madrid, to the late Gus Murphy Sr. and Ercie Taber Murphy, he was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired iron worker of the St. Louis Local Union, a member of the American Legion and a retired commercial fisherman.
On June 17, 1950, in Piggott, Ark., he married Clara Clark, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Anthony Murphy of St. Louis; one daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Rocky Nelson, two brothers, Mike Murphy of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and Joseph Murphy of New Madrid; one sister and brother-in-law, Lila and Jackie Tanner; and 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three daughters, Patricia Annette Murphy, Lynette Murphy Stroud and Amy Murphy; one son, Mark Murphy; and one sister, Anna Louise Murphy.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid.
Pallbearers will be: Anthony Murphy, Joseph Murphy, Craig Rocky Nelson, Christopher Murphy, Tim Stroud, Noah Sprouse, Cynthia Nelson, Brad Tanner and Chad Tanner.