John F. Murphy, 88, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Waldorf, Md., passed away, with his family by his side, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born in New York City, N.Y., on July 6, 1930.
Murphy proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1970. He was stationed in Korea, Panama, Germany and Vietnam, and received the Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired from the Army on July 1, 1970, with the rank of a platoon sergeant E-7. Murphy had also served as the ROTC instructor for Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pa.
After his discharge from the service, he was hired as a U.S. Capital Police officer in Washington, D.C., and retired after 23 years and moved to Delaware. In Delaware, he became active in several organizations. He was a member of the Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, Del., also serving as captain of the honor guard; the American Legion Post 24 in Dagsboro, Del.; Elks Lodge 2645 in Ocean City, Md.; East Sussex Moose Lodge 2542 in Roxana, Del.; and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles 4528 in Clarksville, Del.
He loved fishing, traveling, spending time with his family and enjoying a nice cold beer. He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage. He was an independent man who did things his way, and lived and loved his life to the fullest.
Murphy is survived by his loving wife, Susan E. (Davidson) Murphy; six children, Lynn Morris and her husband, Keith, of Cambridge, Md., Kathleen Garcia of Mechanicsville, Md., John Murphy of Bowie, Md., Joseph Murphy of Oxon Hill, Md., Thomas Murphy of Leonardtown, Md., and Janet Brink and her husband, Bill, of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren, Ryan Garcia, Kellie Murphy, John Raymond Murphy, Haley Brink and Nicholas Brink; two great-grandchildren, Alexis Garcia and Farissa Hubbard; a brother-in-law, Jeffrey Davidson and his wife, Velma, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and a niece, Shannon Ditzel of Arnold, Md., and her two children, Dominic and Chris Ditzel.
A celebration of Murphy’s life was to be held Sept. 26, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services in Ocean View, Del. Interment was to be held at a later date, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Home of the Brave; 6632 Sharps Rd.; Milford, DE19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.