In Memory of

Mark William Murphy

June 3, 1962 - May 8, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Mark William Murphy was born June 3, 1962 in LeMars, Iowa, the son of Donald Murphy and Alice (Conway) Murphy. The family moved to Cherokee, where Mark attended Immaculate Conception and later Cherokee Public Schools, graduating from Washington High School in 1981, the “Class with Class.”

 Mark’s call to public service began with his enlistment in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1986. Later he started in freight dispatch with Transport Service in Chicago, IL, advancing in this career until his return to Iowa to work for Hirschbach in the 1990s. Eventually, Mark followed his father’s footsteps into the HyVee Food Store family, beginning in Sioux City and moving back to Cherokee as Produce Manager. In 2009, Mark was elected Mayor of his hometown, Cherokee, and he served the city in this capacity from 2010 until his retirement from the position in 2018. His career with HyVee continued until he was elected Cherokee County Recorder in 2014. His leadership ability, commitment to customer service and going the extra mile was evident in every role he held.

 Mark grew up hunting and enjoying the outdoors. He was an avid golfer and angler and loved to be out on the water in his boat. He loved to watch sports, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago Bears. Mark volunteered over the years with the Cherokee Country Club, Cherokee County Republican Committee, Friends of Conservation, and recently became a member of the Cherokee Historic Preservation Commission. He was a faithful servant at CrossRidge Evangelical Free Church in Holstein, Iowa, and Crossroads Christian Church in Cherokee. He treasured his Friday morning bible study group.

 Mark married his beloved wife Ginger (Walker) Murphy, in 2015. He was an awesome role model and stepfather to William and Cole Vietor. Mark’s life was spent serving others. He was an exemplary son, brother, friend and neighbor who would give anyone the shirt off his back.

 Mark went home peacefully to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at UnityPoint St. Luke’s in Sioux City, Iowa on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Donald Murphy. He will be dearly missed by his wife and stepsons, his mother, and siblings; Dan (Karen) Murphy of Alexandria, MN, Kathy (Leo) Novosel of Oak Lawn, IL, Michael (Dawn) Murphy of Farewell, MN, and Patrick (Shondra) Murphy of Urbandale, IA, many sweet nieces and nephews and more dear friends than can be counted.

Tribute Video
SERVICES
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Gregg Johnson
CASKET BEARERS
Bruce Dagel
Adam Timmerman
Lee Novosel
David Westphal
Will Vietor
Cole Vietor
VISITATION
Public visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday night at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
MUSIC

Pianist- Cari Clyde

Hymns
"Amazing Grace"
"It Is Well With My Soul"
"I Can Only Imagine"

INTERMENT
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa

Condolences

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:16 PM
“I'm sorry to have learned the passing of an old friend of mine. We worked together for years at HyVee. Not only was he my boss but he was my friend and a great mentor. He also bartended with me in South Sioux City at Fattyz Pub. He was a true friend and will be missed.”
- Gena Olson
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:09 AM
“Our deepest sympathy at this time of sadness May loving memories help to comfort all of you.

- The Dan Novosel Family
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:09 AM
“Cherokee lost a great man!Rest in Peace Mark”
- Clark voge
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:09 AM
“Dear Pat, I am very sorry for the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.”
- Scott Day
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:02 AM
“What a great guy! I worked with him at Hy-Vee and he would have a smile for anyone, many memories of him just peeking his head in the office door to just check in. RIP Mark.”
- Jenni Snyder
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Ginger and family so sorry to hear about Mark,he was a great guy and will be missed dearly. Thoughts and prayers to you all🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻R.I.P. MARK”
- Amy Strahmann
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Ginger and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Amanda Davidson
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“I'm still trying to wrap my mind around this. Too soon, my friend. There was never a boring moment when you where around. The "class with class" has been shaken to the core. God speed.”
- Douglas Cline
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Our hearts go out to all. What a beautiful tribute, I wish we would have known Mark. Ginger, you and the boys are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Chery Falcettoni
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Dear Ginger, My heart is breaking for you at this horrific loss. There are no words to lessen the pain but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mark’s tribute was beautiful. He seems like a phenomenal guy. You were lucky to have found each other. May he rest peacefully. ”
- Kara Cornett
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Our heart goes out to you and your family as you go through this terrible loss of such a wonderful person. Are thoughts and prayers with Mark's wife and the entire Murphy family. Your loss is Heaven's gain. ”
- Don and Patti Hoeksema
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Our family lived across the street and always enjoyed the Murphy kids. Blessings to all the family. ”
- Carolyn Corken Hirsch
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Ginger and boys, Although we haven't seen you in some time, we think of you often and especially at this very sad time in your life. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you, Will and Cole. Hugs, Dwight and Bev”
- Dwight and Bev Rutter
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. He was so genuine and a truly good man, he will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Doug and Holly Williams
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Alice...love and hugs...Tricia Vredenburg ”
- Tricia Vredenburg
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“May God wrap his loving arms around the Murphy families. We are so sad for your loss, hugs Tom & Tam”
- Tom & Tam Hauber
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE MURPHY FAMILY. ”
- JOHN WILLIAM FITZGERALD II & FAMILY
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM
“Heartfelt Sympathies to the extended Murphy family on your loss. ”
- Scott Stratton
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM
“A man with trust, honor, integrity and love. I’ll miss your smile Mark.”
- William and Marjie Gauthier
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM
“I didn't know Mark..Wish I had...he sounds like a Fine human being...RIP”
- Pamela Harrmann
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM
“As a 1981 Class member My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Mark. May he Rest in Peace. ”
- Rhonda Wilson
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“So sorry to hear of Mark's passing. Many great memories of growing up with Mark. R.I.P. my friend.”
- Ed & Terri(Urban) Nelson
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“ No words can even come close to expressing how it feels to lose someone you love. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily. May warm memories of Mark somehow soften the sadness of your loss. Love, Mike and Louise Sullivan”
- Mike and Louise Sullivan
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“How very sad to hear that our Friend Mark has passed on.
He had a uniquely Classy way of stopping, Truly greeting, and Honestly visiting with others.
To me this ability that Mark had was a very fine example of True Fellowship.
My condolences to Ginger and his whole family.
May God hold you all close.
- Mike Traster
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“Sad to see a class mate go so young. Deepest sympathy to the family”
- Ted Dahl
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Marks passing. He will be missed by all who knew him.I had the privilege of working with him at Hy-vee.A great guy and so very kind! Rip my dear friend!!!!! Sue Roberts(Grohe)”
- Sue Roberts
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“Mark was a great guy. He served as my seafood manager at Hy-Vee Food Store. We joked around so much. Down to earth guy and was fair to everyone. I will miss him. My prayers to his family. Bless all of you.”
- Douglas Brown
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“I want to send my condolences to the Murphy family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our families intertwined with each other for years. My Daddy’ (Bill Schmidt) so enjoyed playing golf with Don. Your family is in my prayers. God bless you.”
- Mindy Rainet
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“We were all blessed to know Mark Murphy. Rest In Peace my friend,”
- Curt Johnson
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“Ginger and family, Mark was a great neighbor and friend. He certainly had a goal of making Cherokee a better place. He will be missed.”
- Dale Bartel
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 1:43 PM
“Mark was a great friend of mine and a great friend to work with at Hyvee he always had time to visit me anytime I’ll miss you very very much ”
- Joe Elsbury
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 1:43 PM
“I had the privilege of meeting Mark through the Recorder’s Association. Mark was a not just a fellow Recorder but a friend. He will be greatly missed.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.
- Melissa Bahnsen
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“Mark was an asset to the Recorder’s Association and a great guy who cared about the people he served. He will be missed! My sympathies to the family at this unfortunate time.”
- Joan McCalmant
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“To the Murphy Family you’s have our Deepest Sympathy, May Mark RIP!!”
- Shirley Goebel
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“We lost a good man today rest easy Murph til we meet again brother!!!”
- Mitch Loucks
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“What a great guy that will be missed by so many!!! Our prayers are with you all.”
- Jamie and Karmen Hodgdon
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“Ginger and family,
Such a good man. He could bring sunshine to anyone's day. My heart goes out to you. Peace,,,,,
- Kerry Collind
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“I always enjoyed our conversation at the recorders office and the golf course. Mark was nothing but nice to me! The world lost a great Hawkeye today! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. ”
- Mike Dosen
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“As a fellow classmate he holds a special place in my heart. I'm so glad I was able to be home for a class reunion and and to ride our motorcycles around Cherokee together.”
- Tom Vest
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“I’m sorry about Mark.He was a great friendly”
- Melissa Eberly
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“So sorry to hear of Marks passing. May God embrace each of you during this difficult time. God Bless each of you”
- Sheila (Wilson) Welch
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“I am so saddened to hear the passing of Mark. It is hard to believe that he is gone, he has done so much for Cherokee. I have so many memories of high school and after high school with Mark. My condolences goes out to his Family and Many many friends he has made in his life. You will be missed Bud.”
- GEORGE B POWELL, Jr.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“The Recorder family lost a wonderful member. Mark will truly be miss. Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”
- Deb Kupka
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“Alice, Dan, Kathy, Mike and Patrick, and Ginger, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you did not have to go thru this, but I know the love this family has and everyone will pull together to get through this terrible time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mark will be missed by many!”
- Michelle Murphy
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“Condolences to all 🙏”
- Harry and Rita Burkhardt
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“I had the privilege of working for Mayor Mark for most of the 8 years I served Cherokee. He loved the Cherokee community and served it admirably. Although not a student of local government before becoming Mayor. he quickly adapted to the role of Mayor and knew how to get the most from Council, employees and the citizenry. He will be terribly missed by all who knew him.”
- Don Eikmeier
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“May God comfort you and blanket you with peace at this difficult time. My thoughts & prayers go out to you, Ginger, your boys & all of Mark's family. ”
- Jessie Russell
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“Thinking of you, Ginger and family. Mark was a truly good guy with a wonderfully positive attitude. Cherokee was lucky to have him and he will be missed. ”
- Jean Benson
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“What a terrible shock. I am so very sorry for your family and send prayers to all of you. I loved growing up next door to the Murphy gang. You are provided so many great memories. Remember the Black hills? I tried to stop in and say Hi to Mayor Mark whenever I was in town. He always took time to visit and show me what was happening in Cherokee. I am not able to attend the funeral because my granddaughter is being baptized that weekend but I will be with you all in spirit.
Alice, I will try to all you this evening. Thinking of you all during this difficult and pray God's speed in your peace. Love you Deb”
- Deb Doeden Gill
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“I never met Mark in person, but I had the pleasure of working with him in his capacity as the Cherokee County Recorder. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and I always enjoyed talking with him. I'm saddened to hear of his passing and I wish his family the best during these difficult times.”
- Casey Coppi
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:09 PM
“The world lost a great man. rip 🙏”
- Thad Lussier
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:09 PM
“My deepest sympathy to the loss of Mark. He was my class mate in the Class of 81. I have many fond memories of Mark and he will be greatly missed by many. Prayers to his family at this difficult time. GOD Bless you all”
- Wanda Pannell Hudson
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:09 PM
“You will forever be missed murph dawg! Still can’t believe this, thank you for always being you. ”
- Shannon Ohlson
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:09 PM
“Words cannot express my sadness at Mark’s passing. My greatest sympathies to Ginger, the boys, and all of Mark’s family. ”
- Amy Crouch
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:09 PM
“Mark was one of the good guys. I wish his family all the best during this time.”
- Andrew Barriger
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:09 PM
“I had the privilege of getting to know Mark in the Recorders Association. I considered him a friend & important member of our Recorder family. I will miss visiting with Mark. My deepest sympathies to all of Mark’s family. ”
- Deb Roberts
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