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“Jim was a very sincere, caring, and considerate friend. He had a knack for making sorrowful times a bit easier, and happy times even better. All...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Verna Holmes - Toulon, IL

“So glad that I was able to meet a good friend like Jim.I will be praying for all you. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Mary bates - Marshalltown, IA

“A True Patriot! ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Dennis Delengowski - Audubon Park, NJ

“We need more people like you in this world who have a sense of Dedication! Thanks Jim for helping! ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Dennis Delengowski - Audubon Park, NJ

“Jim, I told the story tonight at your Irish wake several times. You taught me about chicken wings $.15 a wing every Wednesday. My memories of you...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Nick cox - East davenport, IA

“We were so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. We met Jim & Lynn when they lived in the west-end and also had the tavern it was located north of ...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Kate Oliver - davenport, IA

“Tina, Donna, & Erin, We have many good memories of your dad. He used to come to our front door and ask if Terry could come out & play. Other...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Gail Plett - Bettendorf, IA

“i've known jim and volunteerd with him for the past year. he was an enthusiastic role model for all of us. he was a delight with wonderful stories...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: nancy mullin - davenport, IA

“My deepest condolences on your loss I .knew Jim for almost 40 years it takes me back to my younger days when I used to kid around with him in the bar...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Robert Sparks - Omaha, NE

“Murph I volunteered with you for over the past year on the Obama campaign and you were an inspiration with your enthusiasim and passion for politics...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Cindy Bailey - Davenport, IA

“I worked with Jim when we both started at John Keady's in April 1995. Jim left in December to go to work for Austin in Tama/Toledo, but I sure...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Joe McGivern - Leclaire, IA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Tina (who was my best friend growing up), Donna, and Erin. I remember your Dad's laugh and how much he adored all...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Renee Goings - Norwalk, IA

“Murph will be long remembered, and his record is one for the ages. But the most important legacy for us is to remember the lessons of good humor,...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Sue Dvorsky - Des Moines, IA

“Jim will be missed. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Jerry Massengale - Tama, IA

“Jim and I go back to 1960's. He was a great person! He will be missed by all! A true Irishman! ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Margo Guilfoyle - Davenport, IA

“I worked Murphy back in the late 70s. We all loved Murphy & his sense of humor, made a lot of friends forl ife at Murphy's. You will be missed Murph! ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Jane Aversing - Rock Island, IL

“Jimmy will be as the Irish would say "sorely" missed by so many people including Pres. Obama who called and talked to Jim (for all the calls Jim made...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: maryjane murphy-skafidas - IA


A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for James W. Murphy, 64, a resident of Davenport, will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1506 Brown St., Bettendorf. Burial will be at St. Ann's Cemetery, Long Grove, IA. The family will hold an Irish Wake on Friday, November 30, 2012 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Quarter Til Tap, 4101 - 14th Ave., Rock Island, IL. In keeping with Jim's wishes, cremation rites were accorded. Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jim died Saturday, November 24, 2012 at his residence in Davenport after a brief illness.
James Wylie Murphy was born May 28, 1948 in Davenport, the son of Francis Wylie Murphy and Gertrude (Johnson) Murphy. He graduated from Assumption High School in 1966 and attended Palmer Junior College, Davenport. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves, enlisting in 1968.
Jim was the former owner of Murphy's Tap, Davenport. He had a passion for politics and worked tirelessly for many Democratic campaigns throughout his life. Jim had a knack for storytelling that will be missed by many.
He was united in marriage to Marilyn Fontenoy August 18, 1972.
Memorials may be made to Diocese of Davenport Catholic Charities
Survivors include his daughters, Tina (Rob) Langrell, Henderson, NV, Donna Carlile, Phoenix, AZ, and Erin (Rod) Price, Flowery Branch, GA; grandchildren, Megan, Caitlin, Connor, Garrett, Nikki, Tatum, Lily and Brady; his siblings, Marjorie (Ed) Barrett, Dan (Judy) Murphy, all of Bettendorf, Muriel Murphy-Martinez, Moline, Janice (Steve) Gaertnier, Davenport and Michael Murphy, Mesa, AZ.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brother Patrick Murphy, a daughter Nickol "Nikki" Murphy, April 4, 1980 and a grandson Alexander Brickley. May they rest in peace.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Jim's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.