Leonard P. Murphy, 89, of Edgerton, Kan., died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at St Mary’s Manor, Blue Springs, Mo.
Leonard was born Feb.  22, 1921, the son of Bartholomew A. and Luttie Belle Jackson Murphy. As a life-long resident of Edgerton, Leonard graduated high school in 1937 and served his country and community as a U.S. Army, 9th Air Force Veteran of World War II, City Clerk and volunteer fireman in Edgerton and was honored as the grand marshal of the city’s bi-centennial parade. Leonard was also a life member of VFW Post 11234 Gardner, and a life member of the Knights of Columbus and the Assumption Catholic Church.While living in Edgerton, Leonard worked at the McCluskey and McCluskey General Store until they closed, after which he went to work for the Johnson County Community College retiring in 1986.While in Edgerton, Leonard shared many, many good times with friends and family hunting pheasant and quail, fishing and singing, sharing his voice with the church choir and later visiting care facilities. As a fan of Royals baseball and KU basketball tried to never miss watching a game.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; sister Katherine Elaine Murphy,; sister and brother-in-law Mary Lucille and Alvin Myers; and  sister Kathleen Elizabeth Braun. He is survived by his brother-in-law Gerald Braun, Lee’s Summit, Mo.;  and nieces and nephews: John and Kate Myers of Seattle; Barbara and Milton Tuck of Salem, Ore.; Homer Myers of Tucson Ariz.; Leonard and Deb Myers of Germantown, Md.; Marjorie Myers of Atlanta; F. Patrick Braun of Portage, Wisc.; Michael and Mary Braun of Independence, Mo.; and Nancy and Larry Gawf, Blue Springs, Mo.
Thank you will never be enough for the compassionate love and care Uncle Leonard received at St Mary’s Manor and Three Rivers Hospice. Always and forever show your IRISH.
Memorial Services will be 11 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 20, 2011 at Assumption Catholic Church in Edgerton. Rosary will be at 10 a.m. with greeting following until services begin at the church. Inurnment will follow at St. Columbine Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Assumption or St. Columbine Catholic Cemetery.Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be sent to www.brucefuneralhome.com