Robert O. “Murph” Murphy, Jr, age 67, of Butler, passed away Tuesday evening, June 19, 2018, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh with his family by his side.
Born April 22, 1951 in Butler, he was the son of the late Robert O. and Lucille B. Pranulis Murphy, Sr.
He was a faithful member of the Mt Zion Baptist Church in Prospect, where he was a former financial secretary, former Deacon and Trustee. He taught Sunday School and Awanas. He worked the sound system for services and sang in the group Life Gate. He enjoyed being a part of the Nursing Home Ministries, where he visited Grove Manor and Sunnyview Nursing Homes. He will be remembered for his knowledge of the bible, studying the bible, and always reading his Daily Devotions.
After graduating college, he began his career as an Industrial Arts Teacher at an Ohio High School. He then returned to Butler and worked as the janitor at the former Butler Mall.
Murph was a current employee at Applied Test Systems, Inc. in East Butler, where he was a Senior Electrical Engineer, and he celebrated 37 years of service this past December. He enjoyed his part time evening job for the past 20 years as he built Transducers at Measuretron, Inc. Butler.
He was a collector. He collected guns and made his own ammunition. He had a collection of nine sewing machines, and made quilts and shirts. He was musically talented, had a collection of instruments, and was known to play unique stringed instruments.
He enjoyed traveling and camping with his family. He loved his dog Jasper, cats, and fish.
He is survived by his loving wife Janet Fay Cratty Murphy, whom he married May 10, 2008, daughter Melinda (Gary) Benninger of Boyers, adopted son Anthony “Tony” Murphy of Ellwood City, six Grandchildren, two Step Granddaughters, one Great Grandson, one Step Great Granddaughter; his sister Barbara (Doug) Lindey of Butler; Father and Mother in Law Clair and Peggy Cratty of Butler; his in laws Jamie Cratty, Jodi (Charles) Boory, Judy (Andy) Stoops, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his Father Robert O. Murphy, Sr, Mother Lucille Barbara Pranulis Murphy Stamm, and his Step Father Warren Stamm.
Visitation will be on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 2pm to 5pm at the Edward L. Raisley Funeral Home, 387 Main Street, Prospect.
Funeral service will be on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 11am, in Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2251 Prospect Road, Prospect, with Pastor Ben Oesterling, his church pastor officiating, Pastor Jeff Mackay and Pastor Jim Hockenberry, co-officiating.
Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Prospect.