Richard D. "Monk" Murphy

Born: Tue., Feb. 10, 1931
Died: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Nov. 14, 2017
Location: First Evangelical Presbyterian Church

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Richard D. “Monk”  Murphy, 86, Kokomo, went to be with the Lord, at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo.  He was born Feb 10, 1931, in Kokomo, the son of Frank & Georgia Murphy.   On July 28, 1956, he married Virginia L. Hunter who proceeded him in death in 1995. 

Richard graduated from Kokomo High School in 1949, and served as Vice President of his class.  He played football, and was selected as All-state football guard and was a catcher on the baseball team.  He graduated from Franklin College in 1953 with a BA in Education.  At Franklin College, he was selected as Little All-American Guard.

Drafted in the Army, Richard spent three years in the Army Artillery and served in Korea.  Upon discharge, he worked for Continental Steel Corp. for 2 years. Richard accepted a teaching/coaching position at Western High School in 1954.   During his time at Western High School he implemented the Western Football program. 

In May 1961, he went to work for Delco Electronics.  On April 24, 1992, after 32 years of service, he retired as a Manufacturing Superintendent.  His memberships included 54 years at First EPC Church, where he served as Elder and member of Building and Grounds committee, he was also a member of Masonic Fraternity and the BPOE. Richard loved spending time with his family and working outdoors.

Survivors include his three daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah J. and Brian Shearer, Machelle M. and Ben McHaney, and Jennifer L. and Mike Wiles, all of Kokomo; two sisters-in-law, Doris Jean Riley and Shirley Murphy; grandchildren, Craig and Morgan Shearer, Michael and Megan Shearer, Heather and Ron Riebe, Meghan Wiles, and Morgan Wiles; great-grandchildren, Madison and Hunter Shearer, Trevor and Nolan Kessler, Brylee Riebe, and Mylah Wiles, along with several nieces and nephews.   

In addition to his wife, he was proceeded in death by his parents, two brothers, Bill Murphy and Howard Murphy, sisters-in-law, Pat Murphy and Phyllis Butcher, and brothers-in-law, Robert Riley, and Leroy Butcher.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 W. Jefferson Street, Kokomo, with Pastor Joyce Harris officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team.  Private family burial will take place at a later date in Albright Cemetery.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 pm Monday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo, and one hour prior to funeral services on Tuesday at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to First EPC.  Messages of condolence may be left online at  

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Peggy Hollingsworth
   Posted Fri November 10, 2017
Mr. Murphy was my 10th grade biology teacher at Western H.S. Given the stresses of that class and some other challenging ones that year, I wasn't sure that I was going to make it academically! But, of course, I did, with the help of patient and helpful teachers, like Mr. Murphy.

In recent years, it was a pleasure sometimes to encounter him shopping in the west Kokomo Kroger store. Again, he was always interested in your life, what you were about, and how education had influenced it. Mr. Murphy was a fine example of a teacher/coach, even though he spent more years using those skills in the industrial setting rather than the formal classroom. His positive outlook kept him forever youthful!

Julie (Smith) Wall
   Posted Sat November 11, 2017
Girls, I was so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. I remember him both from when you lived down the street so many years ago and, more recently, as a customer at my work. He was a very nice guy. Always enjoyed chatting with him. He even happened to came in one day while my Dad was visiting. Nice to reminisce. Prayers for your families. Take care of each other.

Robert (Bobby) Abresch
   Posted Sat November 11, 2017
I never had the pleasure of meeting this man ... but I would hear my father speak of him every once in a while ... and always with simple admiration. I always believed my father was a good judge of character and so it is obvious ... the world has lost another truly good man. May God welcome "Monk" into His Kingdom ... folding His arms about him ... and may the family carry his legacy onward for the good of all mankind.

Raleigh Grady
   Posted Sun November 12, 2017
I'm sorry for your loss of Dick. I knew him at Delco and I also remember him officiating football games during my middle school years. I could always get a thoughtful answer from Dick during my time working as a floor Supervisor at Delco. He would remind of the many times he would pull me from the bottom of the pile of tacklers during a Kokomo High football game. I always enjoyed talking with Dick.

Sharon Surber
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I know how close to your Dad you were. I spoke with him last Monday so it is quite a shock, he was laughing with me and remember when. May God Bless and keep you.

Caitlyn Laughner
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017
Murph (as we affectionately called him) was a regular during the time I worked at Omeletty's. He was one of the people we looked forward to seeing every day. He would always make us sit down and tell him what was going on in our lives, while he shared his fries. He encouraged me to go back to school, and always showed the utmost concern for us girls and our well-being. Getting to know him over the period of two years was truly a blessing. It's almost silly sometimes to imagine how a customer can have such an impact, but he was one of the people who made every day worth it. He was always so kind and funny. Murph was a great man who had a positive influence on so many lives. My condolences go out to his family, I cannot begin to imagine the loss you feel, but you were so so lucky to have him. I count myself lucky for the short time that I was able to spend with him. He will be greatly missed.

Ricke Stucker
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
What a fine, fine man! We'll truly miss him. RIH, Dick!