Whitesburg KY

Jon Murphy dies at 74



Jon D. Murphy, 74, died Thursday, March 16, at the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette, Ind., where he had lived since 2007.

Born in Cincinnati to the late Troy and Loreva Long Murphy, he was a grandson of the late John and Susan Long, formerly of Whitesburg, and William and Clara Murphy, formerly of Kings Mountain.

Mr. Murphy was graduated from Woodward High School in 1961, where he ran cross-country and wrote for the student paper. He attended the University of Cincinnati majoring in English and served 18 months in the Marines as a communication specialist during the Vietnam War.

Following a stroke in 2006, he moved to Lafayette to be near family. He was an avid jazz fan and passionately followed current events.

Surviving are a sister, Susan Henson and husband Dr. Stephen Henson of Lafayette, Ind.; three nieces, Katherine Owen and husband Troy of Fishers, Ind., Rebecca Wellner and husband Ryan of Lafayette, Ind., and Rachael Kraft and husband Joshua of Clarksville, Tenn.; and three great-nephews, Macgwyre Owen and River and Moki Wellner.

A graveside service with military rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27, at the Spring Grove Cemetery in Lafayette, Ind. Friends may call at the Henson home following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program or Greater Lafayette Honor Flight. You may sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com.

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