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Miles Murphy IV



Memorial donations can be made to Bethany Christian Services or the Immaculate Heart of Mary Killgoar Foundation.

Miles Murphy IV

Heaven gained its newest, bright young angel very unexpectedly on Saturday, September 21, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Miles Joseph Murphy IV, age 22, radiated happiness & love wherever he went & he touched the lives of countless people in his short time on this earth.

Miles is survived by his father & mother Miles III & Cynthia Murphy, his older sisters Lauren & Molly, his younger brother Eric, paternal grandparents Dr. Miles & Judith Murphy, & maternal grandparents Robert & Rita Manor, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, & friends.

Miles graduated from Catholic Central High School, & just graduated from the Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business with honors. From his first day, his adventurous soul was ready to conquer the world. Miles was a strong Catholic. Miles was intellectual and inquisitive. He was avid reader & read his way through every library he came across. Miles loved his country & learning its history and the history of the world. He loved a nice cold glass of sweet southern iced tea, cooking a gourmet meal (no recipe required!) and sitting down with his family for a Saturday evening dinner. Our sweet Miles was deeply devoted to his family & friends whom he loved very much. Miles was a gracious gentleman to everyone he met.

Miles was planning an employment move to California, but was currently a valued employee at Country Fresh – Dean Foods. Miles loved volunteering, especially at places like the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, the Knights of Columbus, and ushering at church.

Miles was preceded in death by his dear cousin Adam Murphy, his great uncle Msgr. Francis Murphy, & his great uncle & aunt Patrick Murphy & Jackie Murphy.

Family will greet friends and relatives on Wednesday, September 25 from 2-4 PM at 6-8 PM, with a Rosary at 7:30 PM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1935 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, September 26 at 11 AM, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Rev. Troy Nevins presiding, visitation one hour prior to Mass.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.

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35 Responses

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. God must be building up his army of IHM angels for battle. Be assured that you are not alone in your sorrow – you are being held up in constant prayer.

  2. Miles, Cindy, Lauren, Molly and Eric – we are so very sorry for the loss of Miles. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    John & Leslie

  3. Miles and Cynthia May our God give you peace your so. Left a Mark in every persons life he met.

  4. May he rest in Eternal Peace with our Lord. May God bring peace to the entire family!

    John & Mary Hendrickson

  5. Cindy, Mike’s and family,
    I’m so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Sending prayers and love to your whole family.

    Becky (Stine) Church

  6. To the Murphy family,

    My heart breaks for your incredible loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Miles on a few occasions. His positive energy and bright smile could light up a room. He was a polite, incredible young man. I’m sorry I am unable to show my support in person, but my spirit is with you.

    With Love,
    Lauren Quattrocchi

  7. Miles and the word joy were synonymous. I’m grateful to have known him and to have stood in the light of his soul. My love and prayers for Christ’s peace and consolation are with you all.

  8. Miles, was amazing, he always made me laugh at work, one of the kindest most genuine guys I’ve ever met. Sending my prayers your way

  9. I am so very sorry to hear this. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please know how many are thinking of you during this difficult time.

  10. What a beautiful summary of how special Miles was to so many! We share your grief in knowing how he would have continued to make the world a better place, but we also share your confidence that someday you will be reunited with him in heaven. Know that our parish community will be praying for you in the days and weeks to come… Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss. I remember Miles beautiful smile and always a friendly warm welcome at IHM when we would walk into church. I can just picture the heavenly angels welcoming him!!! May God comfort you and may you trust Him.

  12. Miles, Cindy and family,

    We mourn with you during this time as you grieve in the loss of Miles. Please know you are in our prayers.

    Leisa and Paul Snow

  13. Miles, Cindy and family,

    We mourn with you during this time as you grieve the loss of Miles. Please know you are in our prayers.

    Leisa and Paul Snow

  14. Cindy, Miles and family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Miles was a wonderful young man, always helpful, so kind and so full of joy. Keeping you all in my prayers

  15. Cindy and Miles- so sorry to hear about Miles. Such a sweet young man. May God hold him tight and hear your prayers. You have our deepest sympathy- Sandy and Scott Barner

  16. Cindy & Miles…May your son Miles R.I.P. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so, so sorry…sending love ❤️ and hugs. God Bless♥️♥️

  17. Miles and Cindy, and to your entire beautiful and extended family, Our hearts hurt for your hearts over the loss of Miles IV. May he Rest In Peace and may all of you find comfort and strength through our loving Father in the days, weeks, months and years to come. Sending our love and prayers. Love, Dan and Beth (Wales) Denhof and family

  18. To all of you we send our love, our sympathy and our prayers.

    Your family is very dear to our family and we truly feel your pain.

    May you feel God’s grace and strength coming from so many of us during this most difficult time.

    May the Sorrowful Mother place her mantle around you and bring you her SON’S PEACE.

    Mary and Bill Passinault and Family

  19. I knew dr Murphy since I was a nursing professor from grcc. And lost my oldest son Daniel from a snowbird accident and know the pain well. Prayers and continue to talk about him daily the first years are the worst but pain and thoughts never go away

  20. Miles was very well thought of at Country Fresh. We so enjoyed working with him.

  21. Miles and Cindy, our prayers are with you in this time of grief. Miles was part of wonderful group of Keegan’s friends. May God comfort you as heaven has a wonderful new saint.

    Keith and Kathy Barth
    Appleton, WI

  22. Miles was an incredible human being. He was full of life, joy, and wonder. Every time he was in my presence, I felt nothing but positivity and authenticity and it truly filled the room. May you rest easy Mr Miles Murphy. Your admirable persona will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  23. Miles and Cindy and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Deepest sympathy to you all.
    Fritz and Mitzie Schilter

  24. We are so very sorry for your loss of Miles. What a ray of sunshine he was! Praying you will all be surrounded by God’s peace.

  25. Miles and Cindy we have been saying the Rosary around the clock for your son and family. This is such a difficult and sad time and we pray God fills you with grace and courage for the days ahead. God bless your family and surround you with peace.

  26. From when I first walked in to IHM until the last time I saw him, Miles always made me feel like feel as though I was special to him. Even after I moved away and hadn’t seen him for years, our interactions always began with a “hey how ya doin man” and a “bring it in.” My sadness upon hearing the news was for those people in his future that he would have made an impact on. Miles was a special spirit that I’ve seldom come across in all the places I’ve been in my life, and I am a better person for having known him.

  27. Our hearts go out to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God wrap Miles up in his loving arms and help guide your family through this difficult time. God bless.

  28. Miles, my heart grieves with you and your family for the loss of such a wonderful young man and beloved son. We are on the other side of the globe and not able to attend the memorial services, but I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family. May the God of comfort surround you with the peace that surpasses anything that this world can comprehend.

  29. To all of Miles’ family,
    My thoughts and prayers for all of you during this time of sadness and grief. It is times like these when our faith is tested, and I know your faith will carry you onward. I remember Miles from teaching him freshmen year, then in his senior year at CC. I found him very personable, caring, faith filled, funny and such a good young man. He was the kind of student one does not forget. Even my son Matthew remembers him from being on the track team with Miles. Miles is now in the presence of our Loving Lord. Again, prayers will be for you in the many days ahead.
    Mr. David Koss, Mary Koss and Matthew Koss

  30. Matt and I are so deeply sorry for your loss!! Please accept our deepest sympathies.
    Yours in Christ,
    Matt and Annie Schmieder Family

  31. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you at this very difficult time.
    Pat and Erin O’Hearn

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