Howard  Murphy
Howard L. Murphy, 82, of Ottumwa, died at 11:58 a.m. February 23, 2020 at home.
He was born August 23, 1937 in Ottumwa to Lester and Elma Caroline Vannoy Murphy. Howard married Sharon Kay Dunning on July 6, 1963 and she preceded him in death on October 16, 2014.
Howard attended Ottumwa High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked as a brakeman for a short time for Burlington Northern Railroad. He worked for many years at Ottumwa Ford and after retiring worked for the Ottumwa Country Club golf course.
Howard enjoyed golfing, camping, fishing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving is his son, Kenny L. (Shannon) Murphy of Ottumwa; 4 grandchildren, Heather Murphy, Shelby Monohon, Katie O'Brien and Trenton O'Brien; 2 great-grandchildren to be born in May and July; and a sister, Mildred (Jack) Middlekoop of Packwood.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Carl, Gerald and Lloyd Murphy; sisters, Juanita Meeker, Leona Parks and Lucille Kratz.
His body has been cremated.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Shaul Cemetery with military honors conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.
Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published on February 24, 2020


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Wanda Van Tassel Eakins
Mar 16, 2020
Went to school w/ Howard and Mildred.. my condolences
The Cramblit Family
Feb 26, 2020
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Howard Murphy by The Cramblit Family.  Send flowers
Debbie Marsh
Feb 25, 2020
This is Joyce Davis' message:.
You were a sweet guy, Howard. What memories we have together playing as kids......I will always remember you,, Joyce
Debbie Marsh
Feb 24, 2020
I'm so very sorry to hear of Howard's passing. He certainly had a gift of making people smile.