Fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, James Charles Murphy passed away peacefully at his home Monday, May 7, 2018 surrounded by friends and family. He is now in the presence of his Heavenly Father.

Fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, James Charles Murphy passed away peacefully at his home Monday, May 7, 2018 surrounded by friends and family. He is now in the presence of his Heavenly Father.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal. Father Mike Quinn will officiate. Full Military Rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55 will be at Holy Family Church at the conclusion of Mass.

Family and friends are invited to Jim's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Murph was born July 24, 1935, the fifth of six children, to Ella Mae and Jacob Murphy. The family lived on a farm in Bonne Terre before moving to St. Louis in 1944.

Murph met the love of his life — Patricia Ann — at Thurmer’s Tavern after a softball game in the summer of 1960. They were married on Oct. 28, 1961, at St. Pius V Catholic Church in South St. Louis. They celebrated 56 years of marriage.

They raised four children while living in St. Louis. Jim was a brakeman for Burlington Northern Railroad out of St. Louis, before transferring to the West Quincy railyard and moving his family to Hannibal in the summer of 1984. Murph later earned his engineer and conductor accreditation from Burlington Northern Santa Fe and retired in July of 1997.

Jim enjoyed introducing his family to Hannibal and the surrounding area after the move to America’s Hometown. He was proud of the home and life he could provide for his wife and children. He and Pat hosted throngs of family and friends each Fourth of July for the Y Men’s Mud Volleyball tournament. It is believed that Mom and Pop Murph have hosted at least hundreds of different participants in the tournament over the years.

Jim enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports. He and Pat traveled all over the Midwest to support their efforts. Fishing was a passion Murph cultivated and passed on to his kids and grandkids while living in Hannibal. And anyone who knew Murph, also knew that he never turned down a beer. His family will be toasting his life in the days to come.

Murph’s greatest achievement was his loving nature to all who crossed his path. He didn’t know a stranger and those who met him left better for knowing him. He will be missed by so many.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jacob and Emory Murphy; sisters, Patricia Buddemeyer and Marilyn Welty; and special sister-in-law, Wilma Murphy.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Pat; children, Kelly Whittemore (Jeff), Michele Cadice (Greg), Jim Murphy (Paula) and Kevin Murphy (Terra); grandchildren, Justin and JulieAnn Whittemore; Aly, Tony and Nick Cadice; Mia Murphy; Kaylee and Kyle Murphy. Also surviving are siblings, Bobbi Ann Smith (Bill) and his best friend, Bob Cavanagh (Christy); as well as many nieces, nephews and countless friends who loved Jim deeply.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Holy Family Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnnellfunerahome.com.