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Obituary for Richard "Dick" E. Murphy

Richard “Dick” E. Murphy, 74, of West Salem, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Gundersen Health System. He was born on Feb. 12, 1943, to Thomas Murphy and Marian Skinner in Dubuque, Iowa. Richard moved to the La Crosse area and spent his remaining years there. He worked as the head maintenance mechanic for the G. Heileman Brewing Company. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gathering morel mushrooms. His biggest passion was helping and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his children, Cynthia (Scott) Trentz, Candis Murphy, Richard J. (Becky) Murphy, Tonia Merkes, and Timothy (Noelle) Murphy; siblings, Phillip Murphy, Patricia (Clyde) Schrodt, Dennis (Merilee) Murphy, Charlotte Murphy (Stockel), and Paul (Sue) Murphy; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives. A time of sharing will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Jostad Chapel, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of sharing Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be held at a later date, and the family will be having services at a later date in Dubuque, Iowa. Online condolences may be sent at