Eugene "Doc" Murphy

November 24, 1932 ~ November 30, 2019 (age 87)


According To Gene's wishes, his body was donated for anatomical study. No public services are planned at this time.

Eugene Earl “Doc” Murphy, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Saturday, November 30th, 2019 in Franklin, Nebraska at the age of 87 years.

He was born November 24, 1932 at Munden, Kansas to Lloyd and Ferne (Nixon) Murphy. Eugene attended school in Munden, Kansas. After high school, Eugene enlisted in the US Navy, where he was a corpsman stationed on the USS Rochester, during the Korean Conflict. After his service, he attended Fairbury Jr. College. There he met the love of his life, Kathleen Bailey. They were united in marriage, July 20, 1957 in a small white church on the edge of town in Gilead, Nebraska.

Eugene graduated from Kansas State University, with a Doctorate Degree in Veterinarian Medicine. After graduation, he moved his family to Franklin, Nebraska in 1962, where he purchased a mixed animal practice, emphasizing in large animal medicine. Eugene built Franklin Animal Clinic, in 1966, on the homestead north of Franklin. Eugene retired in 2000. After retirement Gene and Katie, wintered in Rockport, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law Dee and Bob Dugdale; brothers-in-law George Janasek and John Horak; nephew Curtis Murphy; and granddaughter Alyson Murphy

“Doc” Murphy is survived by his wife Kathleen Murphy; son Michael Murphy and wife Lori, Ft. Smith, AR. Daughter Patricia Murphy, DVM and husband Earl Stander, Aubrey, TX. Son Timothy Murphy and wife Janine, Ankeny, IA. Son Thomas Murphy and partner Gerry Lancaster, Franklin, NE. Grandchildren, Jacob Murphy and wife Stacy, Jackalyn Murphy, Colton Murphy, GW Stander, Thea Murphy. Great grandchildren, Ellery and Grady Murphy. Sisters, Juanita Horak and Leta Jansek; brother Jim Murphy and wife Carol; numerous relatives and friends. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Hutchins Funeral Home, Franklin, Nebraska assisted the Murphy family with these arrangements.

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