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Patrick Michael Murphy

Patrick Michael Murphy, 73, of Shueyville, passed away on Nov. 9, 2015, in his home. Funeral Mass was held Friday, Nov. 13, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with Fr. Tim Sheedy presiding.
Burial was in Shueyville Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 12, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, where there was a 7 p.m. vigil.
Patrick was born June 7, 1942, in Adrian, Minn., the son of William and Vivian (Flannery) Murphy. He graduated from St. Adrian High School and St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn. Pat worked at Rockwell Collins for over 36 years, and retired in 2002 as the Director of Material/Logistics. Pat was united in marriage to Rena Taylor on March 31, 1984. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and especially his Canadian fishing trips with his son Tom and good friend Bob. Pat was actively involved in volunteer work with the Boy Scouts, Mercy Hospital, the 6th Judicial Foster Care Review Board, and the Abbe Center; he also served as president of the Cedar Rapids Community Council of PTSA and as Mayor of Shueyville for 8 years. After his retirement, he and Rena spent their winters in Arizona. Because of Pat’s passion for genealogy, they also traveled to discover his family history. His strong Irish heritage extended beyond St. Patrick’s Day, and he enjoyed sharing its music, food, and spirits with friends.
Pat is survived by his wife Rena; children Tim (Beth) Murphy of Bozeman, Mont., Tom Murphy (Monica Winter berg) of Iowa City, Joe Murphy of Spokane, Wash., and Molly (Mike) Potter of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren Alex, McKenzie, Jake, Abbey, Luke, Sami, Megan, Nic and Alex; and many special friends.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous in his name.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.