Howard R Murphy
September 6, 1943 - October 13, 2023
Age 80, of Lansing, Michigan passed away on Friday, October 13, 2023. Howard was born on September 6, 1943 to Howard and Iris Murphy in Lansing. Howard honorably served our country in the United States Marines. On September 20, 1963, Howard married the love of his life, Diann Williams. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Known as “Papa Smurf” at his job, Howard was an incredibly hard worker who retired from Oldsmobile after 30 years of dedication. After retiring, Howard and Diann spent many years in Upper Silver Lake. Howard loved fishing and hunting with his kids and enjoyed watching the Detroit Lions play. He was a devoted husband, and loving father to his three wonderful children and two grandkids.
Howard is preceded in death by his parents, Iris and Howard Murphy and six of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife Diann Murphy; son Terry Murphy; daughters Nicole (Adam) Cooper and Brenda (Rick) Bailey, grandsons; Chase Murphy and Aaron Cooper; and brother Ronald Murphy.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 20, 2023 at 1:00pm with Chaplain Steve Ezop officiating at Palmer Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes Lansing Chapel. Visitation will be begin at 12:00pm. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memory Gardens. Military Honors will be provided by Mason America Legion Post.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.