Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Todd R. Murphy, 70, of Charlotte, N.C., died unexpectedly at his home Friday, May 30, 2014.
Todd was born in Bellefontaine on Jan. 14, 1944, a son of E. Ruth Fry, who survives in West Liberty, and the late Ray Collins Murphy. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Richard.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Grady Murphy of Charlotte, N.C.; his children, Bill (Jennifer) Murphy, T.R. Murphy and Tara (Kirk) Larson, all of West Liberty, April (Jeff) Snider of Cable and Ryan Murphy of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Levi (Kelsi), Sarah, Adam, Lydia, Macy, Maleah, Jana, Rachel, Ethan and Caleb; great-grandchildren, Arriana, Karter and Mathew; stepson, Jason (Heidi) Szempruch of Charlotte, and their children Carolyn, Elizabeth and Paige; his uncle, R.L. (Ruthie) Murphy of West Liberty; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Following school, he answered his country’s call to serve in the United States Army. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served as a helicopter crewman for “The Little Bears,” which was the “A” Company, 25th Aviation Battalion of the “Tropic Lightning” 25th Infantry Division.
On Dec. 19, 1968, he was honorably discharged with the rank of E4 having attained the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Aircraft Crewman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
He returned to civilian life and before retirement, he worked as a lineman for Dayton Power and Light.
Todd was involved in Little League baseball and coached his local teams. He also greatly enjoyed watching the Little League World Series each year.
In 2010, he and his family moved to Charlotte, N.C. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Visitation is one hour prior to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, at United Church of Christ, 212 Newell St., West Liberty. Interment follows at Bellefontaine Cemetery. The family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to Special Olympics, c/o Bob Bowler, 1316 Piccadilly Drive, Charlotte N.C., 28211-5538; and to the Special Olympics chapters of the donors’ choices.
Arrangements were handled by Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home, 4715 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews, N.C. 28105.
Express condolences at www.LoweNeddoFuneralHome.com.