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“Remember T om and you Maxine from the dairy queen in dunlap came over from turin for your pork sandwiches..... wayne loved them... we both did.......Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Joan Bonham - Turin, iowa, IA

“Deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of Tom, a husband, father, grandfather, and more. He held a place in life that no one else can fill. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Herman & Nancy Rosburg - IA

“So sorry for your loss...tom made me smile every time i talked to him ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Brenda Bonsall - Earling, IA

“When Irish Eyes Were Singing. Special Man And Super Friendly Man. Tom Well Be Missed. So Very Very Sorry. Prayers Prayers To All. Love And Hugs To...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Patty Niedermyer - Pisgah, IA

“Our deepest sympathies to Maxine and family. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Roger & Clara Jenkins - Bismarck, ND

“Many good old memories!! Thank You Tom ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Tim Roberts - Whithing, IA

“You were nice person.enjoyed visiting you at shop or store.always funny.rip tom ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Diane Bremser - IA - Acquaintance

“So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Sandra Emswiler - Omaha, NE

“Hilda and I always enjoyed our mandatory pork tenderloin when we visited Dunlap and Tom and Maxine always was fun to visit and catch up on Dunlap...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Fred Iversen - Carmel, IN

“Our Condolences from Miami to the entire family... the Alonso family ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Cecilia Holtz-Alonso - Miami, FL

“I always think of Tom with a sweet smile. Trusting you passed from the light of Life to the Light of Heaven on Holy Easter Vigil. You be missed by...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Richard and Judy Brodersen

“Max, so sorry for your family. I always remember Tom with a smile on his face and joking! ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa zamago - Denison, IA

“Maxine and family, sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. Our sympathy to you all. May you find comfort in the love from your family and the embrace of...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Dick and Jo Streck - Schleswig, IA


Thomas Bernard Murphy was born on November 3, 1941, to Walter and Marguerite (Tierney) Murphy in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was raised near Dunlap, Iowa, attended school, and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Dunlap. He then served in the Iowa Army National Guard. On February 19, 1966, Tom married Maxine Quandt at the Catholic Church in Ida Grove, Iowa. The couple farmed and raised hogs to farrow. Tom also did custom hay baling, sold seed corn and beans and worked part-time at FSC in Denison. Tom and Maxine owned Murphy's Lunch Wagon and the Dunlap Dairy Sweet and Your Treasure Chest in Denison.

Tom was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He enjoyed being with his family and friends and helping his children with their 4-H projects. Tom was always ready to flip a quarter for a buck or a meal.

Tom died on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Dunlap Specialty Care at the age of 76 years, four months, and 28 days.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jim Murphy in 1987; and seven siblings, infant sister Teresa Agnes, Rosalie Sennett, Catherine Gard, John, Leo, and Joe Murphy and Geraldine Alcantar. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Maxine Murphy of Denison, Iowa; two daughters, Annette and her husband Richard Gross of Earling, Iowa and Suzy and her husband Rob King of Council Bluffs, Iowa; six grand-children; and many other relatives and friends.