May 23, 2013


Keith Murphy, 62, of Glendale, Ariz., and formerly of Carroll, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Hospice of the Valley Gardiner Home in Phoenix, Ariz.

Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be Father Timothy Schott. Music will be by Marcy Anderson and the St. Lawrence choir with Jake Gute as song leader. Lector for the Mass will be Peggy Murphy. Gift bearers will be Keith's nephews Sean Murphy, Tom Wittrock and Phil Storto. Eucharistic ministers will be Keith's brother Craig Murphy and his wife Peggy and Ann Christiansen. Honorary casket bearers will be Keith's nieces and nephews. Inurnment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll at a later date.

Keith's family will receive friends after 4 p.m. Monday, May 27, at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. There will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Monday by the parish. The family will also greet friends and family one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday at the church.

Online condolences may be left for Keith's family at

Born Nov. 22, 1950, at Carroll, Iowa, Keith Joseph was a son of Edward and Donna (Hannasch) Murphy. He spent his younger years in the Carroll community and attended St. Lawrence Grade School and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1968. Following high school, Keith attended and graduated from the University of South Dakota. Keith lived in Omaha for years and worked at the Red Lion. After moving to the Phoenix area, he worked at Continental Catering and later ran his own business, Murph Haul.

Keith loved animals, especially his dogs and cats, enjoyed listening to music, socializing and spending time with friends and family.

Survivors include his parents, Ed and Donna Murphy of Carroll; his brothers Alan (Judy) Murphy of Springfield, Ill., and Craig (Peggy) Murphy of Fort Dodge; his sisters Lu Ann (Joe) Wittrock of Mendota Heights, Minn., and Lisa (John) Storto of Bloomingdale, Ill.; as well as his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other extended relatives.

Keith was preceded in death by his grandparents: Albert and Margaret Hannasch and Edward and Matilda Murphy.