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Robert L. Murphy

July 13, 1933 ~ April 16, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Robert Murphy Obituary

Robert L. Murphy, age 89, of Bendigo Road, Johnsonburg, PA, died April 16, 2023 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a short illness. A son of the late Edward and Vera (Wills) Murphy, he was born on July 13, 1933 in Johnsonburg, PA.  On December 12, 1952 he married M. Patricia (McAlee), who preceded him in death on October 23, 2022.

Along with his parents and his wife, Robert was predeceased by: a son, William; a granddaughter, Amy Joe Frost; two brothers, Neylon and Jack; and three sisters, Colleen, Rosemary and Joyce.

Robert leaves behind: a son Robert (Claire) Murphy of Clarksville, TN, two daughters Christine Elwell of Wellsboro, PA and Colleen (Jack) Collson of Horseheads, NY; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Robert graduated from Johnsonburg Area Schools and received an Associate Degree in Electrical from Bliss Electrical School in Washington, DC.  He worked as an Electrician all his life and is the last surviving member of “Edward Murphy and Sons Electrical Contractors”.  He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and enjoyed hunting and working on cars.  He was born and raised in Johnsonburg, lived several years in Vestal, NY and several years in Westfield, PA and came back to Johnsonburg in 1988.

As per Robert’s wishes, there will be no visitation and funeral services will be private.

Special Thank You to Brenda Copelli, Rhonda and Justin, all the staff at Elk Haven Nursing Home and a very special thank you to Nancy & Louie Votano and all those who helped Robert.

The family suggests memorials to the Johnsonburg Senior Center and will be accepting online condolences at the Ubel Funeral Home website (



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