Longtime Salida resident Richard H. “Murf” Murphy, 83, of Colorado Springs died Jan. 28, 2013, at Laurel Manor Care Center in Colorado Springs.
He was born July 13, 1929, to Elmer and Esther (Pomraning) Murphy in Kennett Square, Pa.
He attended Kennett Square High School and college at Nottingham School.
On Aug. 4, 1951, he married Janet Fenstermacher in Kennett Square.
Mr. Murphy served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 through 1952.
He was a member of the Salida Methodist Church for more than 50 years.
Mr. Murphy was also a member of the Salida Blue Lodge, MonArk Shrine Club, Salida Sertoma Club and Heart of the Rockies Jeep Patrol, and he served on the Salida City Council.
His favorite hobby was playing golf and he loved all sports. He was a lifelong Broncos fan and a regular at the Salida Booster Club.
Mr. Murphy and his wife owned and operated the Salida Flower Store for 13 years.
He was active in the community with various charitable events. Friends and family said he was a supporter of “all things Salida,” had a sense of humor and brought smiles to the faces of all he encountered.
Mr. Murphy is survived by his wife, of Colorado Springs; sons, Tom (Kathryn) Murphy of Charlotte, N.C., and Steve (Jill) Murphy of Castle Pines; brother, Jim (Janet H.) Murphy of Kennett Square; grandchildren, Ryan Murphy and his girlfriend, Alison Tuttle, of Houston, Texas, Brad (Sarah) Murphy of Raleigh, N.C., Shaun (Tami) Murphy of Skiatook, Okla., and Tara (Brian) Allen of Parker; great-grandchildren, Brendan Murphy, Meghann Murphy, Ryann Murphy, Maddison Murphy, Riley Murphy, Caleb Dorsten, Fallyn Murphy, Hunter Allen and Hannah Allen; and cousin, Anne Bailey of California.
Cremation was chosen and services will be held later.
Memorial donations may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice or Laurel Manor Care Center through Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida.
Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be offered at lewisandglenn.com.