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Robert D. Murphy

Robert D. Murphy went home to heaven June 14, 2016. He left this earth, saying good bye to Marlene, his wife of 56 years, who was with him at his passing. 

He was born in Altus, Oklahoma June 8, 1932. His family left their farm in Oklahoma and moved to Hood River, Oregon in 1944. 

Rob attended junior high school and graduated from Hood River High School in 1951. He became a choker setter as a lumberjack and saved money to attend Oregon State University. He graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Arts. He was also commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserve. 

After graduation, Rob traveled to Fort Benning, Georgia for a six-month officers course. He returned to Oregon State University for post-graduate work and was then hired at Central Point Junior High to teach Arts and Crafts in 1957. He taught in the basement of the “old brick building” at Central Point Elementary School. After the opening of Scenic Junior High School, Rob taught crafts to 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. He estimated that he had more than 10,000 students in his classes over the 30 years that he taught. 

Rob married Marlene Addington at the Community Bible Church in Central Point, Oregon in 1959. Throughout their life together they lived in Central Point, Gold Hill (where they raised cattle and hogs on a farm), Trail, and finally Eagle Point. Their first child, Kathleen was born in 1963, John in 1964, and Steven in 1967.

Rob retired from teaching in 1987. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992. 

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking, and sewing clothes and costumes for family members. He also made many beautiful quilts for his children and grandchildren. 

Rob was an eternal optimist who always looked on the bright side in every circumstance. He loved to joke with and give people a bad time but made them feel special and know that he cared for and noticed them. 

He and Marlene were Beaver sports fans. They especially enjoyed baseball games. Rob enjoyed sharing his love of hunting, fishing, and sewing with his children and grandchildren. Many fond memories were made on the lake, in the forest, and alongside the river. His loved ones' homes are filled with his beautiful creations of furniture, clothing, and quilts. Grandpa knew how to have fun and made the outing full of fun and laughter, always including something delicious to eat on the way home. He could build and fix just about anything, could have won on the show “Survivor,” and was a warrior at heart. No one ever feared when he was around and like a super hero was there to save the day. Rob and Marlene were their children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fans, always there to cheer them on whether in a sporting event, play, concert, or ceremony of recognition. 

Rob was a member of Foots Creek Chapel and after moving to Trail, attended Trail Community Church.

Rob was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nell Murphy; his brothers, Taylor and Don Murphy; and grandson, Aidan Murphy.

Surviving family members include his wife, Marlene; daughter, Kathy (Fred) Alexander of Trail, Oregon; John (Mary) Murphy of Tigard, Oregon; Steve (Jodi) Murphy of Medford, Oregon; sister, Sue (Glen) Crossan of Lebanon, Oregon; seven grandchildren, Ashlee (Ben) Espindola; Nickolas, Tianna, and Abigail Alexander; Katie Murphy; and Maegan, and Elijah Murphy.

Many thanks to the nurses from Providence Home Health Care and Crichton Raaberg who helped with his care at home during his illness.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 11:00 a.m., at Trail Community Church at 399 Old Trail Creek Road in Trail, Oregon. Fred Alexander and Pastor Mike Krutsch will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Rob’s name to the Remodeling Project at Trail Community Church.

Robert D. Murphy