Robert Allen ("Bob") Murphy (1923 - 2004)

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Robert Allen ("Bob") Murphy
1923 - 2004
updated September 10, 2019
Robert Allen "Bob" Murphy, father to 2 children, was born on June 15, 1923 in Sacramento, California. He was born into the "Bob" family and married into the Murphy family. He married Wanda Elwood, and they gave birth to Daniel Allen "Danny" Murphy. Robert also married Juanita Bryant, and they gave birth to Sylvia Ann (Murphy) Farrar. He would also marry Hattie Philley. He would also marry Madeleine Rusk. Robert died on January 2, 2004 in Houston, Texas at age 80. We know that Robert Allen "Bob" Murphy had been residing in Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina 27895.


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Robert Murphy was born on in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California United States


Robert Murphy died on in Houston, Harris County, Texas United States

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Leavenworth National Cemetery Section 57 Row 7 Site 16, Muncie Road, in Leavenworth, Kansas 66048


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Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina 27895


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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: PVT
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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Robert Allen "Bob" Murphy & Wanda Victoria (Elwood) Murphy-Eaton-Hudson-Purviance




Robert Allen "Bob" Murphy & Juanita Elizabeth (Bryant) Murphy-Stewart


Juanita Elizabeth (Bryant) Murphy-Stewart
Oct 21, 1924 - Nov 24, 1994
Spicewood, TX



Robert Allen "Bob" Murphy & Hattie Doris (Philley) Murphy

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Hattie Doris (Philley) Murphy
Aug 11, 1923 - Aug 12, 1988

Robert Allen "Bob" Murphy & Madeleine Frances (Rusk) Rhoden-Murphy


Madeleine Frances (Rusk) Rhoden-Murphy
Jun 6, 1926 - Nov 15, 2009


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ROBERT ALLEN MURPHY, born in Sacramento, California the son of Walter Hamilton MURPHY and Marion Viola HICKS. He was the husband of Wanda Victoria ELWOOD, whom he married in 1941; Juanita Elizabeth BRYANT, whom he married in 1944; Hattie Doris PHILLEY, whom he married in 1951 and Madeleine Frances RUSK, whom he married c1963. Bob was the father of Daniel Allen, Sylvia Ann, Patricia Doris, and Barbara Elnora Murphy.

As a young man, "Bob" worked as a tree surgeon in California, Missouri, Washington and Texas. He was a well respected installer for the Hall Sprinkler Company in Houston for 33 years.


Bob Murphy of Houston passed away January 2, 2004.

He is survived by wife Madeleine (nee Rusk) Murphy; a sister, Barbara Underwood; two brothers, Percy and Raymond Murphy; a son, Daniel Murphy and three daughters, Sylvia Farrar, Patricia Letart and Barbara Zimmerman. He is also survived by the following grandchildren: M. Colin Murphy, Rachel Murphy, Robert Willingham, Georgia Detrick, Laura Andre, Chanda Downey, Dwayne Letart, Mandy Letart and Christy Rodriguez. Also a step-son, Gary Rhoden and great grandchildren.

Bob was employed by Hall Sprinkler Company for the past 34 years. His outstanding work ethic and his pride in being the best at what he did earned him the love and respect of his fellow employees and customers who requested him. At Bob's request, no service will be scheduled. In remembrance of Bob, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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1923 - 2004 World Events

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In 1923, in the year that Robert Allen "Bob" Murphy was born, the A.C. Nielsen Company was founded in Chicago. It provided an audience measurement system that could provide radio station owners with information on their listeners and the popularity of their shows. Later, the Nielsen company became the basis for the fate of television programs.

In 1934, he was just 11 years old when on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1952, when he was 29 years old, on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1985, he was 62 years old when on March 15th, the first internet domain name was registered - Symbolics, Inc., a spinoff of the MIT AI Lab, was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Massachusetts. The company no longer exists and the domain name was sold 25 years later.

In 1997, Robert was 74 years old when on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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