Steven Murphy, December 5, 1925 — December 29, 2011, of Columbia

Sunday, August 5, 2012 | 3:54 p.m. CDT

Steven E. Murphy, 86, of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.  He lived with Parkinson's disease for many years.

A memorial service to celebrate Steve's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 18, at Olivet Christian Church, 1991 S. Olivet Rd., Columbia.

Steve was born in St. Cloud, Minn., on Dec. 5, 1925.  After serving in the US Merchant Marines during World War II, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago; master of divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago; master of arts from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; and doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He canoed, camped, and hiked throughout Missouri, northern Minnesota, and the American West, accompanied by his wife, son and German Shepherd. His professions ranged from piano salesman with his father's Murphy Music Company -the oldest piano store in Minnesota - to researcher, pastor and teacher.

Steve is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jan, of Columbia; son Patrick, a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame; daughter Susan, of Copenhagen, Denmark; grandchildren Mikkel and Marie and great-grandchild Kalle, also of Denmark; brother-in-law John, of Denver; and nieces, nephews and old friends.

Steve wished that his body be donated to the MU medical school. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Missouri Humane Societyor the Sierra Club.

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