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Joseph Mark Murphy

Joseph Mark Murphy was born June 8, 1943, in Blue Earth, MN to the parents of Wallace and Mary Veronica (Guerber) Murphy. He was welcomed home by brothers, Edwin and Michael then was later joined by Kathleen, Patrick, and Stephen.
Joseph grew up on a farm and went to catholic school in Blue Earth until the family moved to a farm outside of Fairmont, MN in 1957. During school, Joseph was active in the FFA judging team, choir, quartet, barbershop quartet and sang numerous solos for various events until he graduated from Fairmont High School in 1961.
After graduation he worked various jobs while helping on the family farm. In 1965, Joseph met Linda (Krumwiede) and they wed on April 20, 1967. Throughout their marriage, Joseph and Linda welcomed Melanie Lin, Jared Joseph, and Justin Steven.
During the early years of his marriage, he worked at Artsway as a welder and then transitioned to a truck driver, delivering machinery over the road, taking him to 48 states and 5 providences in Canada. In 1977 he bought his own truck and went on to work for Acelines over the road. In 1983 he moved to Mount Ayr and became the local hog buyer until 1997, when the company moved Joe and Linda to Belmond, IA. They were able to move back to Maloy, IA upon his retirement in 2003.
After retirement, he still enjoyed driving trucks, hauling grain for Dan King, hauling rock for Mike Schaefer and driving for Ringgold Rock until he finally decided it was time to actually retire.
In retirement he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, NASCAR, taking trips, going for drives, and spending time with his grandchildren. His grandchildren include Wyatt (Payton) Jackson, Rhett Murphy, Zach Murphy, Hannah Jackson, Ayla Murphy, and Kaley Murphy.
Joseph passed away January 17, 2024. He was preceded in death by parents, Wallace and Mary Veronica Murphy, in-laws Arlo and Anna Mae Krumwiede, brothers Edwin Murphy, Patrick Murphy and Stephen Murphy, and sisters-in-law Charlotte Murphy and Mary Murphy.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Linda Murphy of Mount Ayr, IA; daughter Melanie (Kevin) Jackson; son Jared (Leslie) Murphy; son Justin (Jessica) Murphy; in-laws Lance and Leann Krumwiede of Estherville, IA; brother Michael Murphy of Fairmont, MN; sister Kathleen McGowan of Fairmont, MN; sister-in-law Prudence Murphy of Fairmont, MN; sister-in-law Bonnie Murphy of Mankato, MN; grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and friends.
Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.


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