John James Murphy, Jr. was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Le Mars, the son of John James Sr. and Mary C. (Cain) Murphy. He was raised and grew up on the family farm south of Le Mars in Stanton Township.
John graduated from Le Mars Central High School and later served his country with the U.S. Army, during World War II. After being discharged from the Army, John returned to Le Mars and engaged in farming.
He met Verna Wulf in 1951 and the couple married on Sept. 22, 1951, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sioux City. Following their marriage, the couple farmed for many years in Stanton Township. In addition to farming, John was a partner with Mark Crop Insurance in Le Mars.
John and Verna moved into Le Mars in 1992. His wife, Verna, died June 14, 1995.
John was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, the Knights of Columbus (Trinity Council #1466) and was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus (Michael J. McGivney Council #3088). He was also a member of the American Legion, Wasmer Post #241 and their WWII Last Man's Club.
John loved his family and grandchildren and enjoyed farming, fishing, playing cards and traveling. He especially loved all things Irish.
Survivors include his six children: Becky Stadlman and her husband, Evan, of Ankeny, and their children: Sean Stadlman, Megan Stadlman, and Marisa Roseberry and her husband Travis; Mike Murphy, of Kansas City, Mo.; Pat Murphy, of rural Le Mars; Bob Murphy and his wife, Diana, of Springfield, Ore., and their children: Crystal and her daughter Mikaela, Kyle Murphy and his wife, Janys, and Jessica Clark; Kathy Connolly, of Urbandale, and her children: Nathan, Kelly, Colleen; and Jean Langie and her husband, Bob, of Deerfield, Ill., and their daughter Diana; his siblings: Maureen Soules, of Worthington, Minn., Eileen Murphy, of Sioux City, Leo Murphy and his wife, Peggy, of Gilbert, Ariz., Cheryl Bartz and her husband, Jack, of Clarendon Hills, Ill., Terri Jeffrey, of Wayne, Neb., and Fran Redmond and her husband, Maurice, of South Sioux City, Neb.; sisters-in-law: Mary Murphy, of Cherokee, Joyce Yusten and her husband, Bob, of Dakota City, Neb., and Dixie Wulf of Bronson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Verna; four brothers: Francis, Edward, Tom and Gus Murphy; and a sister, Rosemary Van Wyhe.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Burial with military honors by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations will be anytime after 3 p.m. today (Friday) at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where there will be a vigil wake service at 7 p.m., followed by a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus rosary and a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Chalice Service. Visitation will continue on Saturday morning at the church for one hour before the funeral mass. Arrangements are with the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph's Church Building Fund or Gehlen Schools.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.