Peter Joseph Murphy
Friday, February 6, 1942
Date of Death:
Thursday, June 13, 2019
77 years old
Peter Joseph Murphy
Peter Joseph Murphy, 77, of Rochester, died Thursday, June 13, 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He had resided at The Homestead Memory Care Unit the past two years.
Pete was born February 6, 1942 in Rochester, MN to John W. and Alice (Lonergan) Murphy. He graduated from Lourdes High School in 1961 and enlisted shortly after in the United States Marine Corp where he served from 1961-1964. He was stationed in Kodak, Alaska and participated in the Bay of Pigs, competing on the USMC boxing team.
On October 31, 1964, he married the love of his life Linda M. Todd at St Theodore’s Catholic Church in Albert Lea, MN. The couple lived in Rochester, MN all of their married lives. Pete worked as a master plumber for most of his life and also built houses which he really enjoyed and took great pride in.
Pete enjoyed spending all of his time with his family. He loved cheering on all of his grandchildren’s activities. He loved his trips to Vegas with his friends and brothers, Tom and Bob; enjoying craps and sports books where he usually ‘held his own.” Pete and Linda enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, New York City, and Arizona. He loved all animals, always supplying nuts for the squirrels, bags of apples for the horses, and cheese for the dogs.
Survivors include his wife, Linda M. (Todd) Murphy; daughters, Jamie of Rochester, and Kimberly (Aidan) Peterson of Shoreview; son, Christopher (Crystal Davis) Murphy of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Hadley (Matt Quarberg) Murphy, Ashley Peterson, Jessica Peterson, Lauren Murphy, Owen Murphy, Eleanora Murphy, and Finnian Murphy; and his devoted service dog, Hollister. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Sophie Todd of Tucson AZ; and his siblings, Bob (Pat) Murphy of Rochester, Joe (Wanda) Murphy of Rochester, Sheila (Herb) Townsend of Rochester, Mark (Teri) Murphy of Rochester, and Mary (Mark) Morse of Hudson, WI.
His is preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Alice; five brothers, Jack, Jim, Don, Dick, and Tom; and one granddaughter, Elisabeth.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center of Mayo Clinic, Mayo Hospice, or Race to Remember (benefit for ADRC).
The funeral service for Pete will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Rev. Peter Schuster officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service in the chapel. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
The family of Peter Joseph Murphy has received the following condolences.
My deepest sympathy to all of Pete’s family! ???
Linda, Please know that as you grieve I share in your sorrow and am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Andrea
Linda and family, we are sending our deepest sympathy for your loss of Peter. Sincerely, Joan Brown, Vicki, Susie and Brian
Chris and the rest of the family. Sorry for the loss of you father. I recall a few laughs with him and Tom back in the day. He leaves behind good kids and will be missed.
I am very sorry for loss of your dear Peter. May the memories you shared with him bring you comfort during this difficult time. God’s word, the Bible, can provide you comfort also as it has to many readers world wide. May the promise highlighted at John 5:28,29 help you look forward to the future with hope of seeing your loved ones again.
To the family of Peter Murphy,
I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18) With sympathy,
i have known Pete since I was 18 years old. I have incredible memories of time with him. Whether it was us was on the range at RGCC with Tom and him and “Bear” watching over, to trips to Vegas or visits to AZ from him and Linda.....when I think of any of them I always get a chuckle. The humor and quick wit he possessed were second to none!
Love from Shawn, Lexi, Tommi and I to all the Murphy family. Pete can finally be himself again and I’m sure Tom will greet him proper ! God Bless.
Peter, Big Daddy has the yellow legal pad waiting for you in heaven
What a great friendship you shared
O the stories we will never hear again
Love to all of you
Pam and Stan
Pete was such a vibrant guy he always had a big smile and brought happiness when ever you saw him. He was such a great supporter to Jamie and Hadley with all aspects of horses and the horses he thought needed a little treat. I know he is going to be miss by all the people that had the privilege to be in his company. May god hold all of you in his arms in this most difficult time . Love and hugs to all of the family??