David Murphy

David Lee Murphy

Tuesday, April 12th, 1938 - Monday, January 28th, 2019
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Mr. David Lee Murphy, age 82, of Nashville passed away peacefully Monday, January 28th, 2019 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Rosalie (Elliston) Murphy whom he married on June 29, 1956.

David was born in Woodland, MI on April 12, 1936, the son of the late Verlin and Jeanettte (Miller) Murphy.

He attended local schools Woodland High School. During his junior year Dave left school to embark on a life changing adventure. He headed west where his first job was with a grain harvesting crew moving north from Kansas as the grain ripened. The harvest season led him to South Dakota where he worked as a cowboy, herding and branding cattle from horseback. Dave had become a real life cowboy! In 1955 he returned home to visit his family at Thanksgiving and met his soon to be wife.

After couple married, Dave worked with his father hauling live chickens to Detroit, Chicago, Southern Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. In 1958 they moved to the Texas Gulf Coast where Dave worked on shrimp boats in the Gulf of Mexico. After one of the boats nearly sank, the family returned to Michigan where Dave joined the Industrial Painters Union. In 1965 Dave & Rosalie purchased their farm in Nashville where they raised beef cattle for over 40 years, often herding them by horse just as he’d done in South Dakota. During Dave's career as a painter he painted several local water towers, all of the Lansing Oldsmobile plants, and the exterior of the Capitol dome twice. Dave loved the peace and quiet of the farming lifestyle spending time with his wife and family. After retiring, the couple enjoyed visiting family in Louisiana and Texas.

David is survived by his beloved wife Rosalie, his son Jeff (Rae) Murphy of Vermontville, MI, Leslie (Garilee) Murphy of Lafayette, LA, daughter Cinda (Armando) Murphy de Palacios of Houston, TX, sister Juanita Ware of Bay City Texas, 5 grandchildren; Kathryn (Dan Rasey) Murphy, Cassady (Andy) Brege, Aubrey (Tyler) Vandemark, Annie (Gavin Alexander) Murphy and Alexandra (Frank ) Donnelly; and six great-grandchildren, Cormac Murphy Rasey, Padraig Brege, Ailish Brege, Madelynn Murphy Vandemark, Ruby Lee Donnelly, and Aiden Alexander. The family also wishes to acknowledge Dave’s brother-in-law James Elliston for the companionship and assistance he provided as Dave’s health and mobility declined.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Shirley Studt and Susan Hinckley.

Services for Dave will be conducted on Saturday April 20, 2019.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Nashville VFW Post 8260
    NASHVILLE, MI 49073
    Which will include a luncheon and refreshments.
  • Service

    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 1:00pm
    Nashville VFW Post 8260
    NASHVILLE, MI 49073
    There will be an open house with luncheon & light refreshment from 1pm-4pm to celebrate Dave's life.


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Brian Elliston

Posted at 07:56am
Rosie,Jeff ,Les, and Cinda, sorry to hear of Dave's passing. my thoughts and prayers to you all. So sorry I can't be there for services

Dick & Ruth Ann Hamilton

Posted at 01:04pm
Dear Friend & '56 Classmate and Family:
Ruth Ann & I are saddened for the loss of your loved one. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace in this time of loss, and from now and evermore dear friend. For one day we will all join with Dave and our loved ones who have gone before us. We will all rejoice in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Love, Dick & Ruth Ann

Josh &Megan

Posted at 10:34am
Dave was a great guy. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to Rose & the family.

cheryl gardiner

Posted at 10:30am
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Gary & Diana Spidel

Posted at 03:40pm
So sorry to hear of the loss of Dave he will be greatly missed by many our condolences to you and your family if you need anything please call Gary an Diana Spidel

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