Leo Vincent Murphy
Spring Green — Leo Vincent “Vince” Murphy, age 91, of Spring Green, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at Greenway Manor, Spring Green.
He was born on Sept. 3, 1926, the son of Leo and Marie Murphy. Vince was devoted to his wife Berneice of 66 years, his family, and his faith. He grew up in Mill Creek and graduated from Arena High School in 1944. At age 19 he volunteered for the Army serving 2 years with his last year in Japan. Following service he attended UW Platteville earning a B.A in Education. He married the love of his life, Berniece Kerl on August 4, 1951 and moved to Spring Green. In 1952 he was hired by the School district as a Veterans trainer and was asked to teach the Agriculture Program, which he did for 33 years.
One of his proudest accomplishments was organizing the 1st RV School Fair, which has continued to be a school tradition for 54 years. Vince was a gifted athlete in many sports. After high school he played for both the Arena Home Talent and Spring Green baseball teams, earning spots on both All Star teams. He was a member of the Spring Green bowling and golf leagues, achieving 2 Hole-in-ones on the SG course. Besides playing sports, he was an avid Packers, Brewers and Badger’s fan, holding Badger football tickets for 25+ years. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, the KC Council #3450, where he served as Grand Knight, as well as the Financial Secretary for 20+ years and the Arena VFW Post #9336. Besides sports, Vince enjoyed family get togethers, playing cards, planting flowers, and seeing the “gang” at Arthurs on Friday nights. He also enjoyed traveling with the highlight being a visit to Ireland with family in 2001.
Vince is survived by his wife, his children, Pat (Karen) Murphy, Mary (Kevin) Wolosek, Marcia (Ray) Ring, and Steve (Mary) Murphy, grandchildren Lucas Wolosek, Jacob Wolosek, Scott Ring, Stephanie (Kevin) Miller, Ryan Ring. John Murphy, Matthew (Kayelon) Murphy, and Mark Murphy, and great-grand child Ehlowyn Murphy, a sister Kathleen Beyer, a brother Howard (Darlene) Murphy, and sister-in-laws Carol Murphy & Delores Kerl. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter Ann Marie, brother Jack Murphy, and in-laws Otis Beyer, Harold & Anna Bryant, Norbert & Wylina Kerl, Donald & Kathleen Lucey, and Robert Kerl. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. John’s Evangelist Church, Spring Green, at 11:00 AM on Friday, Dec. 1., 2017.
Father John Silva will officiate with burial in the church cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Arena VFW Post #9336. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday , Nov. 30, 2017 from 4:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. with a KC rosary to be held at 7:30 P.M. Visitation will also be held on Friday from 10:00 AM until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. John’s Evangelist Church, Home Health United Hospice of Sauk County, or the River Valley Agricultural program. The family would like to thank Hospice and Greenway Terrace/Manor staff for their wonderful care and support during this difficult time. Dad was a quiet and humble man, yet he touched many lives. We will miss your smile and your hearty Irish laugh. Rest in Peace. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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