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James Murphy

April 17, 1928-Sept. 11, 2009

James R. Murphy, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, September 11, 2009 at his home.

James Raymond Murphy was born to Daniel and Mary (McClousky) Murphy on April 17, 1928 in Hopkins, Minn. He was raised and educated in Blakley, Minn. He then worked on area farms until joining the U. S. Air Force.

Following his discharge, Jim owned and operated a Phillips 66 Service Station in Pelican Rapids. He moved to Detroit Lakes in 1957 and owned and operated Jim's Phillips 66. He later sold the business but continued to work for the new owners serving the lakes area residents for over 30 years.

Jim finished his working career as a courtesy driver for Detroit Lakes Ford-Chrysler-Dodge. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" Devine Murphy July 9, 1966 in Detroit Lakes. Betty died in 1975.

Jim enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, serving his customers, going on fishing trips, bowling and gardening. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a church usher, a member of Holy Rosary Council 3166, Knights of Columbus, served more than 28 years on the Knights Of Columbus Knighthood Degree Staff, the Elks, Eagles, John Bridges Post 15, American Legion, delivered Meals On Wheels and served for over 20 years on the Detroit Lakes Fire Department.

Surviving Jim are his son, Thomas (Vickie) Murphy of Effingham, Ill.; two daughters, Geri (Brian) Skogen of Brainerd and Deborah (Andrew) Osten of Audubon; five grandchildren; a brother, Daniel (MaryPat) Murphy of Belle Plaine, Minn.; and a sister, Mary (Clarence) Anderson of Ellsworth, Wis.

In addition to his wife, Betty, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Vincent, John and Leo.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy Mcgee officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to services.

Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Color Guard. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories of Jim may be shared online at