Joseph Francis Murphy, born December 20, 1939, passed away on March 18, 2020. Joe was a loving husband and father to his family for almost 57 years. He attended St. Stephen’s School and Catholic Central High School, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He joined the United States Navy in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1961. He married Charmaine on October 5, 1963, and his son, Michael, was born August 7, 1972. Joe had a strong work ethic and believed deeply in the dignity and rights of workers. He built swimming pools with his father-in-law, Bernard Zigler. He also participated in the family business of building windmills and crafting Kissing Dutch Dolls. As a truck driver, he worked for many companies., including IGA, Kroger, and Parker Motor Freight. He maintained 34 years of membership in the Teamsters Union and served as a Union Steward and Executive Board Trustee for Local 406. Joe enjoyed watching cable news, cooking, caring for his 20 acres of land, maintaining his beautiful swimming pool, and trying his luck at Gun Lake Casino!
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Charmaine Murphy; son, Michael S. Murphy; sisters, Patricia Murphy, Mary Tanis and her daughter, Cathy Johnson and her children, Randi and Brian Johnson, Randi Johnson’s son, Ruger Johnson; brother, Frederick (Maureen) Murphy; sister-in-law, Vivien Murphy and her daughter, Barbara (Shawn Blough); nephew, Dennis Murphy; niece, Tammy Phillips and her three children, Brandon, Ashley and Jamie; great-niece, Orianna Emery. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Murphy; mother, Alice Murphy; brothers, Thomas Murphy, James Murphy and his wife Roberta, George Murphy, Paul Murphy and his daughter Christine Murphy, and brother-in-law, Ron Tanis. Joe will be greatly missed by all of us. Under current circumstances, Joe’s family has postponed a celebration of life service to be held at a later date.