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Joseph Murphy

Rev. Joseph Murphy, Jr.

Wednesday, January 20th, 1932 - Saturday, November 21st, 2020
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Rev. Joseph Murphy, Jr. of Essex Jct. VT went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday morning, November 21, 2020.

He was born in Lewiston, ME on January 20, 1932 to Joseph Murphy and Methyl Bickford Murphy. Methyl died on October 30, 1933. His dad remarried in 1940 to Libby Footer Bickford.

“Joey” (as his family called him) graduated from Lewiston High School. He held Vice President class office for 2 years and joined the football team to win the state championship in 1949 and 1950. He also participated in track and field and golf, and was voted “best looking” his senior year. In 1952 he enlisted into the US Army. While serving in Korea, he was wounded on Heartbreak Ridge in 1953, for which he received a Purple Heart.

In 1954-1956 he attended Portland Junior College. He went on to Boston University to study public relations from 1956-1958. He then returned home to teach at Monmouth and Sabbatus grade schools while also working at the family business, Murphy Monument Company where he would later meet and marry his wife Joan Johnson Allen. They set off for college at Elohim Bible Institute in Castile, New York. In 1973 they moved to Moscow, Vermont where he would be the pastor of the Grace Bible Church for 35 years. During his time there he also had radio program over WDEV every week for 33 years called Moment of Decision. From 1993-2008 he served as a chaplain at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. In September 2009 he and Joan retired and moved to Essex Jct. where he continued to minister to everyone he met.

The Reverend is survived by his wife Joan and 5 children: daughter Kellianne Murphy of Galveston, TX; son Rusty Vallee and wife Georgia of Oxford, Maine; daughter Colleen Clark and husband Scott of Otisfield, ME; son Michael Allen and wife Karen of West Allis, WI; daughter Rachel Seavers and husband Bob of Essex Jct, VT; 3 siblings: brother James Murphy of Minneapolis, MN; sister Sharon Sargent of Sarasota, FL; and sister Joanne Hammond of Auburn, ME; 10 grandchildren: Tyler Guzman, Trevor Allen, Stephanie Goldade, Chelsea Layne, Jennifer Ritchie, Mahaliah Duncan, Mike Vallee, Sarah Taylor, Amanda Seavers, Andrew Seavers; and 7 great grandchildren: T.J. Guzman, Camilia Guzman, Victoria Guzman, Brooklyn Allen, Canaan Allen, Oliver Allen, Aiden Goldade,

Predeceased were his parents, sister Theresa Murphy Levasseur, brother Frances Michael Murphy, and daughter Lori Allen Taylor.

Joseph and Joan would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on February 12, 2021.

He will always be remembered for his love of golf and a big bowl of ice cream. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and knowing that they all have given their life to the Lord.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later time when all of his family and friends can attend safely. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting
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Roaine Dufresne

Posted at 12:43pm
My condolences to Joan and all of Pastor Murphy's family. Because of his radio program on WDEV, Ron is now in Heaven. Thank - you for sharing him with the people of Moscow and beyond. May God comfort and strengthen you.
Roaine Dufresne

Tammy Wark

Posted at 09:15pm
We are so sad to hear of the passing of Joseph. We knew him as Joe, the man who sat in front of us in church with his very lovely wife. They both would always be so nice and friendly, asking us how we were doing and how our week was going. We looked forward to seeing them each week and even though we hardly even knew him, we will always remember him.
Tammy and Brian Wark

Maggie Swanke

Posted at 11:06pm
AHHHH Rachael, how does one truly capture the wit and wisdom of an Irishman? Your dad had an incredible passion for life and for the Lord. Yet the twinkle in his eye assured you that his passion was born of great love and care for you....his charm was disarming indeed. We LOVED the opportunities to worship with the Extended Faith Family in Moscow, your dad was such a wonderful Shepard....and he was so well balanced by having Joan at his side. I have no doubt he was welcomed with the boisterous joyful salutation: “Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant”. I will miss his Facebook Verse updates as a break to the scrolling. Your family is in our prayers, so grateful at this Thanksgivingtime to have known your dad...yet so aware of the difficult transition to life without himfor you.

A W Rich Funeral Home

Posted at 03:02pm
The entire staff of A W Rich Funeral Home wishes to express our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family during this difficult time.

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