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Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Joseph Murphy Sr.

Sept. 29, 1912 - Aug. 12, 2008

APPLETON -- Joseph Murphy Sr., 95, of Appleton, died Tuesday at Appleton Area Health Services-Nursing Home.

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The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church in Appleton. Burial will be at the Appleton City Cemetery.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton.

He was born Sept. 29, 1912, in St. Paul. At the age of 9, he went to live with the Andrew and Clorinda Murphy family on a farm near St. Cloud.

He married Emma Elizabeth Bohlman on March 29, 1937, in Moorhead. They lived in Casselton, N.D. He worked for the Great Northern Railroad for many years. They moved in 1951 to the Twin Cities area where Joe worked for North Star Bus Company in St. Paul as a bus driver and mechanic. He later moved to Newport and worked at Dahlen Transport Company as a mechanic for many years. In 1983, they moved to Holloway and later to Appleton. Following retirement they spent winters in Arizona and Texas.

He is survived by three children: Joseph (and MaryAnne) Murphy of Cottage Grove, Donna (and John) Powers of Montevideo and Colleen (and Duane) Powell of Appleton; daughter-in-law: Margaret Murphy of Appleton; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Myra Scherer of Cold Spring and Mildred (and Virgil) Egerman of St. Cloud.

He is preceded in death by his wife: Emma, on May 28, 2004; son: Donald Murphy; two daughters: Joanne Murphy and Patricia Arndt; three brothers; and one sister.

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