Harvey Leroy “Roy” Murphy

Funeral services for Harvey Leroy “Roy” Murphy, 83, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 16, 2018 at Connect Church in Lawrence. Graveside service with full military honors will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. He passed away Monday evening, February 12, 2018 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Harvey was born December 20, 1934 in Grantville, KS the son of Harvey K. and Ethel Jamison Murphy.

He married Barbara Hurd on January 6, 1957 in Burlingame, CA. She survives of the home. Other survivors include, brother-in-law, Sam Brubaker. He also leaves behind two daughters, Pamela Heath (Tom), Kathi Gomel; five grandchildren, Joshua Heath, Chris Heath (Ellie), Aaron Kraemer (Jess), Travis Gomel and Trisha Gomel; as well as; six great grandchildren. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather.

His mother, Ethel Jamison, and his sisters, Ruth Brubaker, Veta Atland and Mildred Shubkagel all passed before him.

He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1953. He attended Kansas University for one year on a track & Field Scholarship. He then joined the U.S. Navy and after a 26-year career he retired as a 3rd Force Master Chief of the U.S. Navy. Upon retiring, he and his family returned to Lawrence and worked for Winnelson for many years.

He was well known for his creating stain glass pictures. He was a member of the Lawrence Wesleyan Church (Connect Church) where he served as a trustee for many years. He volunteered and served in many compacities. He enjoyed the many bible studies he belonged to and loved working outdoors.

The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

9 Condolences

  1. Don & Sandy Nease on February 14, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Don and I were so very sorry to read about Murph’s death. He was special and will be missed by his family and all who knew him!

    Don & Sandy Nease

  2. Don & Sandy Nease on February 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Don and I were so very sorry to read about Murph’s death. He was special and will be missed by his family and all who knew him!
    We are still in AZ.

    Don & Sandy Nease

  3. Deb Peterson on February 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Duane and I were so sorry to hear about Harvey’s death. We both always enjoyed seeing and talking to him at the Art and Craft Shows as well as at church. He was a good friend and will be truly missed. Our prayers are with all of you.

    Duane and Deb Peterson

  4. Steven and Rosalym Conley on February 14, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    What a Blessing to cross paths with Harvey Murphy! His genuine, radiant smile reflected his warm and caring heart. He was such a servant and warrior for his Creator. Harv, you will be missed by MANY. To Barb and family, our prayers go out for Loving Comfort that only God can provide. Thanks to Him, we can rest assured we will see him again. Love y’all!
    The Conleys

  5. Sue Richardson on February 14, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Murph was a real blessing to those who were so privileged as to have met him. He taught me what it meant when the Scripture says God is love. And although he’s with the Father now and he will be missed by many, we know with the certainty that he is where he belongs.

    Blessings and Peace, Barb

  6. Judy Sawyer on February 14, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Barb, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Harvey’s stained glass pieces at the local craft shows.

  7. John/Joy Lloyd on February 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Pam, John and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories comfort you during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Memory Eternal!

    John and Joy

  8. Bev Turpin on February 15, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I am so sad for your family. Murph was such a gentleman to know and interact with. I’ll miss his wit & quick smile.

  9. Gretchen Anderson on February 1, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Dear Barbara,
    I am so sorry to hear about Roy. I have been thinking about you and have no e mail or phone. Please contact me. I too lost Bill in 2018.
    With love. Gretchen Anderson

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