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Jerry T. Murphy Jr. — Rocheester

ROCHESTER — The funeral for Jerry T. Murphy Jr. will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes Chapel in Rochester, with Hospital Chaplain Dan Johnson officiating. Rochester American Legion Post 92 will provide military honors. A family interment service will be in Marshallberg, N.C., at a later date.

Mr. Murphy, 49, a former Mayo Clinic employee, died of brain cancer Friday (May 4, 2007) at Beverly Living and Care Center East. He had been a resident of the care center since January 2007.

Jerry Thomas Murphy Jr. was born July 27, 1957, in Tacoma, Wash. He graduated from Washtucna High School and then Puget Sound University. He moved to Rochester five years ago and worked as a surgical technician at Mayo Clinic until his illness. He married Anita Diamond, and they were later divorced. He loved being outdoors and music, especially bass guitar. He also enjoyed hockey and announced at the local junior league Minnesota Ice Hawks games. He was engaged to Jaci McCormick.

Survivors include a son, Chad of Rochester; his father, Jerry Sr. of Marshallberg; his mother, Shirley Cope of Tacoma; four brothers, Kenneth Murphy of Spokane, Wash., and James "Doug" Murphy, William Cope and Michael Cope, all of Tacoma; and his fiancee and her son, Casey Corcoran of St. Charles.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes, and an hour before the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Memorials are suggested to Mayo Hospice Program or Beverly Living Center East.

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