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“Tom Caradori it was fun growing up with all the Brothers God Bless ”
1 of 41 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest in Peace Brother Murphy, You will be missed by your Union 669 Brothers and Sisters, in the Sprinkler Fitters Trade. Be in Gods hands till we can...Read More »
2 of 41 | Posted by: Rodney L. Matthes - Taylor, TX

“So blessed to see you last summer. What an amazing person! Thoughts and prayers for your family. Darlene Lund ”
3 of 41 | Posted by: Darlene Lund - Elkhorn, NE

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Betty and the entire Murphy family. Thank you Barney for your many years of service to our local 669 and...Read More »
4 of 41 | Posted by: Joel Anderson - Coal valley, IL

“Betty & family - We express our sincere condolences at this difficult time.Bill & Diana Hutcheson ”
5 of 41 | Posted by: Bill & Diana Hutcheson - Woodbine, IA

“My heart and prayers go out to Betty and family. Barney was a good mentor to me and many others in the fire sprinkler trade. He was also my Tutor...Read More »
6 of 41 | Posted by: Bob Mahoney III - Omaha, NE

“Betty, Ellie & the entire Murphy Clan,What a painful loss for all of you. Now, as hard as it may seem, you have to know that Barney wants all of you...Read More »
7 of 41 | Posted by: Trish TROFHOLZ - Omaha, NE

“It was a shock this evening at 11:45 pm to find out about Barney! Miss Ellie and Betty and the Murphy clan, I am so so sorry and my prayers are with...Read More »
8 of 41 | Posted by: A friend

“Betty,So sorry to hear of Barney's passing. I am remembering your wedding 8-8-88, and mural of Barney and Betty Rubble (Flintstone's?). You two...Read More »
9 of 41 | Posted by: Cheryl Rath - Denison, IA

“Many pleasant words have been said about you not only these last few days after your passing but all of your life. I would like to add the word idol...Read More »
10 of 41 | Posted by: Wally Murphy - Omaha, NE

“Barney you have been a God Send to your fellow Rams. I'm glad I knew you and got to catch up a little last summer. You will be missed and remembered. ”
11 of 41 | Posted by: Dave Fritzmeier - Beatrice, NE

“Our sincere sympathy. ”
12 of 41 | Posted by: Melvin&Judy Ronk

“This is really tough Barney.You were our family rock. The one who always looked after everyone and took care of everything. It's not fair you were...Read More »
13 of 41 | Posted by: Lorraine Houston - Dunlap, IA

“I am shocked and terribly dismayed to hear of Barney's passing. Barney exemplified goodness while following his convictions with patience and a...Read More »
14 of 41 | Posted by: Mike Rothmier - Broomfield, CO

“It brings sadness to hear of Barney's passing so early, but I am grateful for the years we were friends. ”
15 of 41 | Posted by: Mark Zeliadt - Norwalk, IA

“My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Barney ”
16 of 41 | Posted by: Stuart Smith - Spokane, WA

“Obviously Barney will be missed by a lot of people, because he did a lot of great things for others. He was a true gentleman. God bless his soul and...Read More »
17 of 41 | Posted by: Paul and Vicki Long - Richmond, IN

“Barney...I didn't know you well but the times I got to spend with you were good times. You were good to me at this last U A convention. You even...Read More »
18 of 41 | Posted by: Michael T Slomski - San Diego, CA

“Betty & family, we were saddened to learn of your loss. Barney definitely lived a full life & has left his mark on this world. He will be remembered....Read More »
19 of 41 | Posted by: Bob & Judy Jackson - Cedar Rapids, IA

“So sad to hear of Barney's passing. I always loved reading his sports articles. Didn't matter whiChat sport, he covered them all, even dance team!...Read More »
20 of 41 | Posted by: Michelle Lee - Council bluffs, IA

“I am very sorry for your loss. Barney was a good man. He will be missed by all his fellow union members. He was always willing to donate his time to...Read More »
21 of 41 | Posted by: Mark McColley - Omaha, NE

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. What a busy life you have had with Barney. Looks like he did it all. We are sure he will be missed by all...Read More »
22 of 41 | Posted by: Don & Mary Assmann - Panama, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. May God help you and shower His love on you at this difficult time. ”
23 of 41 | Posted by: Dennis and Darla Andersen - AL

“Great guy growing up. Will always remember you. My brothers (Don & Greg) send our thoughts. ”
24 of 41 | Posted by: Bev Morehead (Smith) - NE

“Betty,Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the family. It was a pleasure working with and knowing Barney. We enjoyed some golf whenever we...Read More »
25 of 41 | Posted by: Dave & Sylvia Durr - Louisville, KY

“On Behalf of The Officers & Membership of the Cement Masons Local #538 please accept our condolences. Barney was a great guy. Always quick to smile...Read More »
26 of 41 | Posted by: Gregg Rhoades - Plattsmouth, NE

“Betty - I am so sorry to hear about Barney. He was always such a friendly guy and cared about everyone. So very sorry for your loss. Sending many...Read More »
27 of 41 | Posted by: Marlys Schmadeke - Denison, IA

“Our heart felt prayers to Barney's family. We shall forever be thankful for his friendship, and for my working relationship with Barney. He was...Read More »
28 of 41 | Posted by: Tony and Sheri Spivey - Denver, CO

“Barney,I'm proud to call you my friend,working with you was always a pleasure,I'm impressed with all you accomplished,you are missed,my thoughts are...Read More »
29 of 41 | Posted by: Dan May - Port Saint Lucie, FL

“So very sorry for your loss, keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
30 of 41 | Posted by: Sharon Medina - Ralston, NE

“Betty and Murphy clan. I considered Barney a good friend, he always was trying to make things better in Dunlap. He adopted Dunlap very well after...Read More »
31 of 41 | Posted by: Byron Hartwig - Battle Creek, IA

“Blessings to Betty and the entire Murphy family. These next few days will be extremely difficult. But you need to remember to cherish the memories...Read More »
32 of 41 | Posted by: Matt Gengler - IA - Family Friend

“My prayers and thoughts go out to the Murphy family. I will always remember Barney in my heart. We had many enjoyable times when we where growing up...Read More »
33 of 41 | Posted by: Rich Goodell - Missouri Valley, IA

“My thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you, Betty, and the rest of the family. Barney was a good friend for a long time, especially so after we...Read More »
34 of 41 | Posted by: Diane Vreeland - Bowie, MD

“My prayers go out to your family. I have great memories of the Murphy Family living down the alley from us (Shively). RIP Barney ”
35 of 41 | Posted by: Carolyn Dross - Ralston, NE

“Amazing Person. So Very Very Sorry For You're Loss. Prayers, Love , Hugs ..... ”
36 of 41 | Posted by: Patty and Tom NIEDERMYER - IA

“May The Road Rise Up To Meet YouMay the road rise up to meet you.May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the...Read More »
37 of 41 | Posted by: Dennis & Sheryl Houston Family - CO

“Hello Betty. So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. It's been many years ago;but I still remember when you met and how much you loved...Read More »
38 of 41 | Posted by: Connie Alvis - Logan, IA - Friend

“Thinking of your family, all of you are in my prayers and God bless and comfort you. ”
39 of 41 | Posted by: Bonnie Schraeder - Woodbine, IA

“I will miss you, my old friend! My thoughts and prayers go out to Barney's entire family during these difficult times. ”
40 of 41 | Posted by: Brian O'Neill - Denison, IA

“I am so proud to be one of his many friends. ”
41 of 41 | Posted by: Jo TeKrony Arthur - Friend

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Bernard "Barney" Alan Murphy was born July 23, 1953, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the first of nine children, to Eugene and Ellie (Arthur) Murphy. He was raised in Nebraska and attended school in Ralston, Nebraska graduating in 1971. He then worked the graveyard shift at Skinner's Macaroni and during the day helped with the family cement business. Barney married Betty Jean Roberts on August 8, 1980. He then joined the Fire Sprinkler's Fitters Union Local 669 of the United Assoc. in 1974. He finished a five year apprenticeship through Penn. State University, became a journeyman, foreman, instructor and union representative working in 35 different states throughout his career. In 1996 he became an instructor for the union's apprenticeship program and completed a five year program through Washtenaw College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1999 he became an OSHA instructor. In 2000 he became the business agent for the union representing nearly 500 union members and 14 contractors in Iowa and Nebraska.

Barney was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He was politically active, served as Dunlap's mayor, and enjoyed softball and golf. He served as the president and treasurer of the Dunlap Golf Course and held a tournament there for many years to raise money to cure diabetes. He also had the honor of playing in a golf outing with then President Bill Clinton. Barney was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Miami Dolphin, Creighton Blue Jay and Chicago Cub's fan. Barney was also a sports writer for the Dunlap Reporter covering the high school sports.

Barney died on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Creighton Medical Center, due to complications from a car accident and a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 63 years, five months, and 22 days.

Barney was preceded in death by his father; daughter, Christine Marie Murphy; and two brothers, Kelly and Michael Murphy. He is survived by his wife, Betty Murphy and mother, Ellie Murphy both of Dunlap, Iowa; God Mother, Kathleen Heller of Dunlap, Iowa; six siblings, Clancy (Karol) Murphy, Lorraine (Kenny) Houston, Ann (Denny) Behrendt, Mary (Ron) Fouts all of Dunlap, Wally (Anita) Murphy and Ed Murphy of Omaha, Nebraska; siblings-in-law, Cathy Murphy of Dunlap, Iowa, Lois Murphy of Vail, Iowa, Dave (Georgia) Roberts of Dunlap, Iowa, Rachel Roberts Bliss of Ashville, North Carolina, Rita (Don) Doty of Crescent, Iowa, Mary Jane (Roger) Zehner and Patty Schwery all of Dunlap, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

The life & times of Barney Murphy

Barney's favorite sport was baseball. Growing up in Ralston not very many summer days went by when there wasn't a ball game to play
and on Saturday afternoon, he watched the game of the week with Pee Wee Reese and Dizzy Dean doing the play by play. High school had Barney playing football, basketball, track and baseball. Like many boys after graduation, they waited for the draft. While waiting, Barney went to work and helped support his family. When the draft time came, Barney's number came up at 365. Barney wanted to serve, but helping to care and support his family came first. Not serving his country was one of Barney's life's regrets. Barney got his first union card in 1971 at Skinners making $3.07 an hour and in 1974 he became a sprinkler fitter, making $5.94 an hour. At retirement Barney was making nearly $35.00 an hour plus over $14.00 an hour in benefits. Being involved in politics, he moved up in the union to become the business agent and organizer. After his retirement he became a lobbyist and as a write-in candidate the Mayor of Dunlap ~ a job he dearly enjoyed. In his travels, Barney acquired autographs from Senators John Edwards, Tom Harkin, Bob Kerry and Hillary Clinton, and Presidents Bill Clinton and Barak Obama. He was a friend of Governor (and Senator) Ben Nelson, met Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Conner and Samuel Alito. On a trip to Washington DC Barney attended the Papal Mass of Pope Benedict XVI. He went to the Kentucky Derby, made a hole-in-one and attended MLB, NBA, NFL, and PGA events along with college football, baseball and basketball games. He also saw the Statue of Liberty. Barney belonged to both Woodbine and Dunlap golf courses and enjoyed playing in Woodbine with his brother, Mike. On their honeymoon, Barney and Betty went to a KC Royals baseball game when the Baltimore coach, Earl Weaver, intentionally walked George Brett to load the bases in the bottom of the 9th and thus lost with a full count walk off walk. Barney's favorite team was the Chicago Cubs and he and Betty went to a game at Wrigley Field in 2005 for their 25th wedding anniversary. The Cubs lost, but the game was an experience. When the family gets over the five states of grief of my death: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance ~ remember life goes on. Make peace with yourself. Just think that life is an apprenticeship and going to Heaven is how to become a journeyman. In closing for those that have been wondering about my license plate, YIPKAMF, it means, "Yes I plan on keeping all my friends." And finally, to my wife and best friend, Betty, I love you. In death, my life begins.