John “Mike” Murphy passed into the loving arms of Jesus at 6:37 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at his home in Gas City. He was born in Hot Springs, South Dakota, on August 13, 1948, to Francis J. “Buster” and Betty (Resch) Murphy.
In 1967, Mike graduated from Mississinewa High School and, from 1968-70, served his country as an MP in the U.S. Army. He worked at RCA/GE/Thompson for 33 years before they closed in 2004. He then went on to work at the Marion VA Hospital in food service for five more years before he retired.
Mike married his wife, Cheryl (Maynard), on July 1, 1985. He and Cheryl loved to go fishing and the time they spent together at their Big Barbee Lake cottage. He always looked forward to his Monday nights, when he bowled at Crest Lanes. He enjoyed this time spent with his bowling buddies and friends for over 40 years.
He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Although Mike was married to a nurse, he had no formal training as a caregiver. However, he and his brother, Jim, became “Master Caregivers” in caring for their mother in her final years. Mike continued his show of love by taking care of his mother-in-law before she went into the nursing home. Finally, Mike’s last caregiving days were spent taking care of his wife for the last five years in her battle with Multiple System Atrophy.
Mike is survived by his wife, Cheryl, Gas City; daughter, Shannon (Scott) Suever, Upland; son, John (Amy) Carper, Gas City; mother-in-law, Patty Maynard, Gas City; grandchildren: Michaela Garza, Austin, TX; Brittan Suever, Upland; Braden Suever, Leesburg; Casey Garrett, Marion; Hallie Carper and Gabe Carper, both from Gas City; brother, Jim (Betty) Murphy, Gas City; sister, Patty (Wayne) Strausbaugh, Palm City, FL; brothers-in-law: Steve (Cyndee) Maynard, Punta Gorda, FL; Greg (Donna) Maynard, Gas City; Jeff (Kathy) Maynard, Jonesboro; Mitch (Micki) Maynard, St. Louis, MO; and Rex (Jo Ann) Maynard, Jonesboro; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, William “Bill” Maynard; and his beloved dogs and granddogs that he loved dearly and spoiled rotten.
Last, but definitely not least, the family would like to thank and express their gratitude to the special caregivers who took care of Mike at his home these past two months. They took care of him with such respect and love, as he had taken care of so many others before.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Storey Chapel, 400 E. Main St., Gas City, IN.
Immediately after visitation, a funeral service at 1 p.m. will be officiated by Pastor Jim Sonnefield. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Gas City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Services of Grant County, Tower Suites, 305 S. Norton Ave., Marion, IN 46952 or Marion-Grant County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1921, Marion, IN 46952.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.