Russell “Rusty” Rex Murphy, 48, of Scranton, died Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at First United Methodist Church in Scranton with the Rev. Charles Thompson officiating. 

 Casket bearers will be Joe Doran, Don Bielenberg, Richard Hunter, Brian Hunter, Scott Hunter and Kurt Shackelford.

Friends may call at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton after 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

The casket will be moved at 9 a.m. Monday to the church where visitation will resume until time of service. 

Burial will be in Willow Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton.

Online condolences may be left for the family at http://www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born Sept. 29, 1963, he was a son of Larry and Roberta (Rogan) Murphy.  He grew up in Scranton and graduated from Bayard High School in 1982. 

Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed to Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.  He served 10 years in the military stationed in Arizona, Montana, Illinois and Texas. 

Following his military career he lived in Arizona where he worked in admissions at a hospital and at an auto shop.  Rusty moved back to Scranton in 2007. 

He was affiliated with the Methodist Church.  In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, and being with his St. Bernard Icess and his two Great Dane puppies.

Surviving are his father Larry Murphy and his wife Beverly of Jefferson; a brother Robert Murphy and his wife Elizabeth of Scranton; a niece Kimberly Murphy of Scranton; a step sister Denae Rusk and her husband Gregory of Detroit, Mich.; two step-brothers Darren Bishop and his wife Jenna of Ankeny, and Darwin Bishop and his wife Jackie of Hinton; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many good friends. 

Rusty was preceded in death by his mother Roberta in 1992 and his grandparents.