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Richard E. Murphy

December 13, 1946 ~ January 11, 2019 (age 72)
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Richard E. Murphy, 72, of Bastrop, Texas, formerly of Aledo, IL, passed away into the loving arms of Jesus and surrounded by his family, January 11, 2019 in Bastrop, Texas. Cremation has been accorded. Services are 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 9, 2019 at Community Bible Fellowship in Aledo. Burial is in the Aledo Cemetery, where graveside military rites will be accorded. Visitation is 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of services at the church where memorials may be given to Mercer County VFW Post 1571. Fippinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

He was born December 13, 1946 in Galesburg, IL to Joseph and Margaret Brown Murphy. He graduated from Aledo High School in 1965 where he was a premiere athlete, excelling in every sport and was recruited to play football for Colorado State University.

He was in the U.S. Navy for four years and served in the Marine Corps while in Vietnam for 13 months in 1968-1969. He returned to the Navy and was discharged in 1971.

Rick married MaraLee Gyllenberg November 1, 1969 in Libertyville, Illinois.

While growing up in Aledo, he was an enthusiastic helper in the Ben Franklin Store, a downtown Aledo family business his parents owned and operated for many years. Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned home to his beloved Aledo to raise his family and fulfill a lifelong dream to manage the Ben Franklin Store with his father from 1971-1988.

In 1988, they moved to Kalamazoo, MI where he was employed at ServiceMaster LLC in their Health Services Division where he held several management positions in large hospitals across the Midwest, until his retirement.

Rick’s love for his family and his faith in Jesus Christ were the cornerstone of his life. He enjoyed many years of children, family, friends and golf. He was an active member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Aledo, Mercer County VFW and he was a former member of the Aledo Jaycees.

Survivors include his wife: MaraLee; one daughter: Sara Murphy of Dripping Springs, Texas; two sons: Rick (Paige) Murphy of Round Rock, Texas; Jim (Tara) Murphy of Amherst, New York; 9 grandchildren: Mara, Cole, Caitlin, Carter, Evan, Aidan, Ashlyn, Bear and Kyler; one sister: Susie (Jerry) Hughes of Aurora, Illinois; one brother Roger (Carla) Murphy of Aledo, Illinois; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Donations may be made to:

Mercer County VFW Post 1571
106 SW 3rd Avenue, Aledo IL 61231

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