Harlan Murphy


April 24, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Harlan Udell Murphy, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

Harlan was born Sept. 4, 1932, in Le Roy, the son of William Murphy and Ada Linna (Weston) Murphy.  He grew up in Le Roy and attended Le Roy schools, graduating with the class of 1950. He joined the United States Air Force in 1952. He was stationed in Duluth, Minn.; Belozi, Miss.; Marysville, Calif.; and Taque, Korea. He served for four years.

Harlan worked at the Le Roy elevator, built homes in California, Iola, and Chanute, and worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Parsons. In 1957 he married Marilyn Carlson. In 1961 he bought a farm west of Elsmore where he farmed for more than 55 years. He was a member of the Friends Home Lutheran Church, Savonburg. He served on the church board and was a member of the church council.

Harlan was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents; sisters, Deloris Maxine Hilliard, Thelma Dean Murphy, Mina Delphine Murphy; and brothers, George Murphy, Myrl Murphy, William Murphy, and Wendall Murphy.

Harlan is survived by his four children, Kimberly Voth, Wichita, Lisa VanRoekel and husband, Cameron, Silver Springs, Md., Harlan Lee Murphy and wife, Jackie, Orlando, Fla., Gina Murphy, Chanute; and two grandchildren, Collin and Caleb VanRoekel, Silver Springs, Md.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at Friends Home Lutheran Church, 3797 Arizona Rd., Savonburg. Burial will follow in the Le Roy Cemetery, 1801 K-58, Le Roy.

Memorials are suggested to Friends Home Lutheran Church, and may be left with Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Iola.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.

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