Howard F. Murphy


Howard F. Murphy, 75, of Hickory Township passed away the morning of June 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at his home.
Born June 8, 1944, in Meridian, Mississippi, he was the son of Howard T. Murphy and Clara (Butler) Murphy Gough.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol (Reno) Murphy, whom he married on Nov. 15, 1965.
Mr. Murphy was employed in maintenance with Pentex, formerly the Crane Company, prior to retiring from Quality Rolls, where he was a finishing grinder.
In addition to coaching youth baseball, he also maintained the ballfields in the Laurel school area. He loved the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, and often enjoyed feeding animals, ducks and chickens.
In his spare time he liked woodworking crafts, especially birdhouses, and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves. He loved tending to his garden and sharing his harvests with friends and neighbors. Being born in the South, Howard was of Southern Baptist faith.
Anyone who knew Howard knew what a good-hearted, caring person he was to all. He loved spending time with his family, which was his greatest priority in life.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Lisa M. Perrino (Steve Voras III), Patricia L. Black and Carol Penny (Anthony) Perry; two sons, Howard F. Murphy Jr. (Susan Leshinsky) and Paul E. (Sandra) Murphy; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Elizabeth (Jerry) McKey; one brother, Marlan (Claire) Murphy; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Otis T. Gough; two sisters, Mabel McGary and Polly Anthony; and one brother, Clarence "Buddy" Murphy.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
A funeral service will take place immediately following visitation Monday at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. David Puffer officiating.
Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
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