Jeffrey Thomas Murphy, 58, died Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at Brookdale of La Crosse after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jeff was born on February 16th, 1960, in La Crosse, WI, one of eight children to Patrick and Patricia (Larkin) Murphy. He was a 1978 graduate of La Crosse Aquinas High School and later went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Jeff spent the last twenty years as an Independent Contract Driver for Dunham Express, Corporate Courier and Capital Express in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
“Duff” was a loving son, loyal brother, and very proud uncle and great uncle. Family and countless friends expressed their gratitude for his kind giving ways during their final visits. He had a dry sense of humor and his one-liners had us laughing even on his last days. He was often quietly listening but when he had an opinion, his booming voice would take command of a room. His love of dogs was evident by the ever-present treat in his pocket. He was a man of deep faith which he relied on during his illness. His kind, gentle soul will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Jeff is survived by his siblings, Kathy (Joseph) Rademacher of Tucson, AZ, Tim (Myrna) Murphy of Sarasota, FL, Sheila (Michael) Durand of La Crosse, Ellen Murphy of Chicago, Sue (Doug) Bartel of Woodbury, MN, Mary Pat (Jon) Nydahl of Chaska, MN, and Jane (Mundy Hebert) Murphy of Austin, TX; nieces and nephews, Sara (Kyle) Sucher, Kyle (Emily) Murphy, Jenna (Patrick) Johnston, Megan (Dave) Drohomyreckyj, Tom Durand, Erin, Kelly and Evan Nydahl, and Ava Bartel; great-nieces and nephews, Connor, Morgan and Noelle Johnston, Kyle and Callahan Murphy, Lee Drohomyreckyj, Brendan, Everly and Savannah Sucher, his Uncle Tom Murphy of Wausau, WI and many special cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia; his father, Patrick; and his niece and godchild, Michelle Jean Durand.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, at Mary, Mother of the Church, 2006 Weston St., La Crosse. The Rev. Brian Konopa will officiate, with internment immediately following Mass at the Catholic Cemetery in La Crosse. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the entire Brookdale staff, Gunderson Hospice and a special cousin Sister Kate O’Neill for their exceptional care of Jeff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Aquinas Patricia M. Murphy Excellence in Nursing Scholarship, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Gunderson Foundation or a personal fund of your choice are requested.