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Dean Murphy


Dean E. Murphy, 83, Coldwater, Mich., died Monday, January 21, 2013 at Parkview Hospital in LaGrange.

    He was born March 27, 1929, in Elkhart, to William F. and Ruth M. (Vixler) Murphy.

    He was member of Lockwood Community Church, Model T Ford Club of America and International, local Model T clubs, Tin Lizzy Travelers, and Quincy Mayor Club. He and his wife lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for 35 years before returning to Coldwater in 1989 after he retired from Florida Power and Lights. He also volunteered at the Burnside Senior Center.

    He was married June 19, 1949, in Coldwater, Mich., to Jeanette A. Corless. She preceded him in death on Oct. 7, 2010.

    Surviving are two sons, David (Angie) Murphy, Herndon, Virg., and Daniel (Deborah) Murphy, Shipshewana; five grandchildren, Tara (Andreas) Pack, Meghan Murphy, Lauren (Chris) Hazlet, Joshua (Ellen) Murphy, and Christi (Jonathan) Bovee; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ralph (Betty) Murphy, Elkhart; and one sister, Rosemarie Bradley, Coldwater, Mich.

    He was preceded in death by three brothers.

    Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, January 28, at Lockwood Community Church in Coldwater in Coldwater, Mich.

    Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 28, at Lockwood Community Church in Coldwater, Mich., with Reverend Shayne Looper and Pastor Robert Riegsecker officiating.

    Burial will be in East Gilead Cemetery, Branch County, Mich.

    Memorials may be directed to Lockwood Community Church in Coldwater, Mich.

    Online condolences may be sent at

    Gillespie Funeral Home in Coldwater, Mich., is in charge of arrangements.