Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 21, 2012

James E. Murphy


TRAVERSE CITY — James E. Murphy, 78, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at the French Manor. Jim was born on Jan. 20, 1934, in Detroit, to the late Timothy and Esther (Garner) Murphy.

He married Mary Jo Sadowski on Jan. 23, 1965. Together they shared 45 wonderful years, two children and four grandchildren.

Jim honorably served our country in the United States Army as a sharp shooter and weapons specialist.

After his time in the service Jim spent the next 46 years of his career with General Electric, starting in the mail room and working his way up to head lighting systems engineer for the entire Midwest.

He was also a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

Most importantly, Jim will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Surviving Jim are his children, Jim (Kim) Murphy, of Lake Orion, and Mindy (Dave) Wilkening, of Traverse City; grandchildren, Marissa and Samantha Murphy, and Cassidy and Peyton Wilkening; a brother, Tom Murphy; and many other loving family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held for Jim at 11 a.m., with a visitation held one hour prior, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a monetary donation to the James E. Murphy Memorial Fund. 100 percent of all donations will be distributed to the caregivers at French Manor in Traverse City. Please mail donations to Melinda Wilkening, 2787 Pebble Way, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Please sign Jim's online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.