William K. Murphy
||William (Bill) Kerr Murphy passed away Wednesday evening, November 25, 2015. He had struggled
with pneumonia the last several years, but this last bout was too much for his heart and lungs to
Bill was born in Pulaski County, Indiana May 6, 1914. He was preceded in death by his wife of 77
years, Wilma (100). He is survived by one daughter Jacquelin (Larry) Berger, two grandsons, Kevin
(Rebecca) Berger and Korey Berger, one granddaughter, Kristine Eisenhour, and two great
grandchildren, Kyanne and Kameron Eisenhour.
At 101, Bill had led a long and good life.
|He graduated from Winamac High School where he met his wife
They were married on his birthday (so he couldn't forget their anniversary) in
He taught school for a time and joked about seeing some of the students he had taught in the
nursing home with him! During WWII he worked as a radio operator at Kingsbury Munitions Plant in
Kingsford Heights, Indiana. That job gave him deferment from military duty, but he later gave up that
deferment to join the Navy. He ran the mechanics shop in Puerto Rico repairing diesel engines on many
ships that had been damaged in the war effort by U-boats. His wife got seriously ill and he was
allowed to return home to care for his family with an early discharge. He ran the Shell Station in
Winamac for several years before continuing his education to become an auditor doing municipal audits
for the Indiana State Board of Accounts. While living in Winamac he served on the Town Board
including a stint as President. Nearing retirement, he moved to Culver and had a home on the channels
in Venetian Village as well as a winter home in Lakeland, FL.
Bill was a 50+ years member of the Winamac Masonic Lodge and of the Scottish Rite. He was also a
lifetime member of the VFW
Bill was blessed with a long life and good health and good humor for most of it. He celebrated his
100th birthday with a party at the Culver VFW where he was doted on by friends, family and scores of
acquaintances. Throughout his life, Bill never new a stranger and nearly everyone that met him left as
a friend. The Director of the State Board of Accounts, as well as several field examiners, attended the
event and presented Bill with a certificate signed by the governor. Bill joked that as examiners they
were just there to make sure they should still be sending the pension check.
Bill spent his last days in Miller's Merry Manor in Culver where he had many residents and staff that he
counted as friends.
Visitation will be noon to 2:00 pm on Monday, December 7, 2015 at the Wesley United Methodist
Church in Culver with services to follow immediately in the Church at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be given to the Culver VFW or the Scottish Rite.
The Odom Funeral Home in Culver is in charge of the arrangements.
Odom Funeral Home