Edward 'Doc' Murphy died April 8, 2002, at Southwest Iowa Medical Center. He was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Dike, Iowa. He was a 1937 graduate of Dike High School, and graduated from University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University of Veterinary Medicine. He served with the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 as an airplane mechanic. He was a veterinarian in private practice from 1954 to 1963; he worked for veterinarian services at the Livestock Exchange from 1963 to 1971; and as a meat inspector at the
Livestock Exchange from 1971-1982. He was a long-time fan of steam engines and subscribed to Iron-Men Album for many years. Edward and his wife, Patricia (Patterson), were married 49 years; his daughter, Carol Jean Murphy, preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 1974.
Survivors in addition to his wife include one daughter, Laura John and husband, Scott, of Ozark, Mo.; four sons, Jim and wife, Mary, of DeKalb, Ill., Steven of Arlington, Tenn., Mike and wife, Gayleen, of Michigan City, Ind., and Phillip and wife, Gretchen, of Hudson, Wis.; two sisters, Dolores Villers and husband, Harry, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Mercedes Meaney and husband, Mike, of Waterloo, Iowa; one brother, Thomas, and wife, Carolyn, of Dike, Iowa; and nine grandchildren.