Feb. 8, 1917-Nov. 26, 2002
MILTON-FREEWATER - A memorial service for Willard W. "Arkie" McMurphy, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, in the chapel at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater.
Mr. McMurphy, 85, of Milton-Freewater, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.
He was born Feb. 8, 1917, at Minden, Mo., to Golden and Ina Walker McMurphy. He grew up and attended schools at LaMar, Mo., then began working on his mother's farm. He later was employed in logging for companies in the Union, Ore., area.
Mr. McMurphy joined the U.S. Navy in 1944, serving during World War II. A disability forced his discharge in 1945. After his discharge, his disability kept him from obtaining work, he did however help care for and maintain apartments.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, playing cards and visiting with friends.
Mr. McMurphy was a member of BPOE 287, American Legion Post 24 and the Eagles Lodge.
Survivors include longtime companion, Jerry Doctor of Milton-Freewater; son, Tim McMurphy of Pendleton; daughters, Doreen Ely of Portland, Mary McMurphy of Pendleton, and Nancy Kildare in Washington state; stepdaughter, Camille Kennedy of Sprague, Ore; several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by daughters, Kathleen McMurphy and Susan Thompson, son, Wayne McMurphy, stepson, Perry Scott and brothers, Sid McMurphy and James McMurphy
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Administration Medical Center or the American Legion through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.