Steven James Murphy
March 3, 1955 ~ October 3, 2014
Steven J. Murphy age 59, of Elma, Iowa, formerly of Waterloo, and Cresco, IA, died Friday, October 3, 2014 at his home after a long illness: Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy. Steven (Steve) J. Murphy was born March 3, 1955, in New Hampton, Iowa; the son of LuVerne and Lucille (Stevens) Murphy. Steve grew up in Elma, Iowa and graduated in 1974 from Crestwood High School in Cresco, Iowa. Following high school, Steve joined the United States Army, serving in Italy as a paratrooper. After his military service, Steve graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Public Administration. Steve was a handyman, always ready to help his siblings with remodeling projects. He also worked in plumbing, and flooring; and more recently, as a custodian for the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District. Music was one of Steve’s many interests. He played the drums in his youth but really enjoyed classical music; a favorite piece was The William Tell Overture. Steve was a prolific reader with a passion for history; in particular, the Civil War and World Wars: sharing his interest in recounting details of key figures, battles, strategies, and statistics. He also enjoyed traveling, photography, old movies, and puzzles; and was always ready for a game of 500. Steve was a favorite with his nieces and nephews. He will be fondly remembered for his rendition of the song, “Big John” at family campfires; as well as his witty sense of humor and giving nature. Steve’s family includes six siblings: Russell Murphy (Suzanne) of Elma, IA; Dennis Murphy (Crystal) of Central City, IA; Jeffrey Murphy (Wendy) of Cresco, IA; Teresa Popko (Richard deceased October 15, 2012) of Milwaukee, WI; Colleen Kenealy (Phil) of Cedar Falls, IA: Erin Murphy of Milwaukee, WI. Steve also had 18 nieces and nephews: Terrell, Wendy, Audrey, Shane, Amber, Kendra, Ryan, Becky, Brock, Laurel, Kelly, Ericka, Danielle, Lucy, Katie, Curtis, Dustin, and Shayla. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Richard Popko.