Robert Paul Murphey was born August 13, 1943, to Floyd A and Eunice P. (Larsen) Murphey. Robert lived in Salina, Kansas until the age of 10 when his family moved to Clay Center, Kansas. He graduated from Clay Center Community High School in 1961. He joined the Navy in 1963 and was stationed at various bases around the country including Newport, Rhode Island, Charleston, South Carolina, Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Oakland, California. During his Navy career, he travelled to many foreign countries including Scotland, Spain, France, England and Italy. After being discharged from the Navy in 1978, Robert returned to Clay Center, Kansas where he began working as a dispatcher in the Law Enforcement Center, retiring as Chief of Police in 2002.
Robert married the love of his life, Lillian on October 1, 1966. They were blessed with two beautiful children, Kristina Lea and Robert Lawrence. In his earlier years, Robert loved to hunt pheasant and work on his beloved Corvettes, and he was a great cook. While he enjoyed all of these, none was as important as his relationship with Lillian, which lasted 52 years.
While living in Clay Center, Robert was a member of the Clay Center Christian Church where he was an Elder and served as a Chairman of the Board of Elders.
Robert Paul Murphey died December 18, 2018 in Salina, Kansas. He was 75 years old He was ready to hear his savior’s voice saying “Well done, good and faithful servant” Robert is survived by his wife Lillian, his children daughter Kristina L. and husband Scott P. Rickley of Clay Center and son Robert L. and wife Janell M. Murphey of Ellsworth, his beloved grandsons, Logan Dean Murphey and Ryan Paul Murphey of Ellsworth. He is preceded by his parents and his sister Robin Delight Drayer.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday, January 4, 2019 AT 1:30pm, at Roselawn Chapel. Cremains will be interred with military honors at Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the Disabled Veterans in care of the funeral home.
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