Richard E. “Rick” Murphy, 72, of Bastrop, Texas, formerly of Aledo, IL, passed away into the loving arms of Jesus and surrounded by his family, January 11, 2019 at home in Bastrop, Texas. Cremation has been accorded. Services are 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 9, 2019 at Community Bible Fellowship in Aledo. Burial is in the Aledo Cemetery, where graveside military rites will be accorded. Visitation is 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of services at the church where memorials may be given to Mercer County VFW Post 1571. Fippinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.

Richard E. “Rick” Murphy, 72, of Bastrop, Texas, formerly of Aledo, IL, passed away into the loving arms of Jesus and surrounded by his family, January 11, 2019 at home in Bastrop, Texas. Cremation has been accorded.  Services are 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 9, 2019 at Community Bible Fellowship in Aledo.  Burial is in the Aledo Cemetery, where graveside military rites will be accorded. Visitation is 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of services at the church where memorials may be given to Mercer County VFW Post 1571. Fippinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.   Online condolences may be left at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.

He was born on December 13, 1946 in Galesburg, IL to Margaret (Brown) and Joseph E. Murphy, the second child of three including sister Susie and brother Roger. The family owned and operated the Ben Franklin store downtown Aledo.

Rick excelled at all sports and enjoyed being one of the stars of the Aledo Green Dragons football, basketball, and track teams during his high school years. He graduated from Aledo High School in 1965 and was recruited to play football for Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado. The Vietnam War intervened, and Rick answered the call to his country by serving in the United States Navy & the United States Marine Corps with 13 months in Vietnam during 1968-1969.

He married MaraLee Gyllenberg of Lake Bluff, IL on November 1, 1969 and left the US Navy in 1971 when he returned to his beloved hometown of Aledo to raise his family. He managed the Ben Franklin store with his dad, Joe, and enjoyed many years of children, family, friends, & golf. He was active in the Aledo Jaycees, Aledo Chamber of Commerce, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and the Aledo VFW of which he was a Life Member. He was a fixture in downtown Aledo and at Dragons games and events, cheering on his own three children Rick, Sara, and Jim (JP).

In 1988 the family moved to the Kalamazoo, Michigan area and established another circle of church & good friends. In 2003 Rick & MaraLee moved to SW Florida to be near two of their children. Rick was an integral part of planting Seaside Church, of which his son Jim was pastor, and he played the bass guitar Sundays in the worship band. Another move to follow their children and grandchildren brought them in 2011 to Bastrop, Texas, a historic town just outside of Austin. He embraced the Texas lifestyle of boots and belt buckles and lovingly and meticulously maintained their acre of lawn and their dream house. He golfed almost daily and hosted a church life group while sharing many laughs. The joy of Rick’s life were his children and grandchildren, who adored their beloved Poppa.

Rick fought bravely against the cancer that changed his life in early 2018. Throughout the often painful process he proclaimed his love & thankfulness to Jesus Christ, his Savior, and he is now at rest in heaven with God the Father.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, MaraLee A Murphy.  He is also survived by daughter Sara Murphy of Dripping Springs, TX; son Rick Jr (Paige) Murphy of Round Rock, TX; son Jim (Tara) Murphy of Amherst, NY; grandchildren Maria, Cole, Caitlin, Carter, Evan, Aidan, Ashlyn, Bear, and Kyler; sister Susan (Jerry) Hughes of Aurora, IL; brother Roger (Carla) Murphy of Aledo; six nieces; one nephew; and many great nieces and nephews.

Richard Murphy is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, countless names on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall, and his beloved German Shepherd, Casey.