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David "Dave" "Murph" M. Murphy

January 11, 1948 - June 07, 2022


David "Dave" "Murph" M. Murphy

January 11, 1948 - June 07, 2022


Obituary For David "Dave" "Murph" M. Murphy

Verona — David M. Murphy, age 74, passed away with his daughters by his side, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born on January 11, 1948, in Dodgeville, WI, the son of Camillus and Theresa (Ruppert) Murphy. Dave had a life-long career as a painter and retired from the State of Wisconsin after 29 years, in 2011. He was a member of Painter’s Local #802.

David, lovingly known as “Murph” was passionate about and spent as much time as he could, hunting, fishing, and being in the outdoors. He was so proud of raising his two daughters, Shelly and Missy. In his life-long recovery, Dave opened his home and devoted his time to mentoring and sponsoring those with addiction. He met many wonderful people through his years at the Fitchburg Serenity Club. You could often find him at It’s Time Grill, Kwik Trip, visiting and having his morning coffee or sitting on the tailgate of his truck.

He is survived by his daughters, Michelle “Shelly” (John “Pat”) Mason and Melissa “Missy” (Brian) Karpinski; 5 grandchildren, Charlie, Lily, Trent, CeCe and Mitchel; sister, Sharon Prazak of Florida; sister-in-law, Abigail Murphy of Texas; and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Robert, Ronald and William Murphy.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Ryan Funeral Home, Verona Chapel, 220 Enterprise Drive. A private family interment will be held at St. Bridget Cemetery, Ridgeway.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Hermus, the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and his dear friends, Dave and Colleen Downing, Chad Meyer, Martin LaCour and Dan Meyer for their friendship and support over the years.

Memorials may be made to the Fitchburg Serenity Club.

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13 Jun

Celebration of Life

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Ryan Funeral Homes – Verona 220 S. Enterprise Drive Verona, WI 53593 Get Directions »
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