Devereux Hamilton Murphy Jr.

May 31, 1942March 3, 2018

Devereux Hamilton Murphy Jr.

Devereux Hamilton Murphy Jr., 75, born May 31, 1942 in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Edwardsville, IL. Devereux is survived by guardians Donna and John Webster; dear friends, Patricia and Rick Murphy; Karl and Barbara Bretz and 17 cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents Devereux Hamilton Murphy Sr. and Erna Irene (nee Emig) Murphy. Devereux attended Belleville Township High School; graduating in 1960 as valedictorian. He continued his education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington University. Devereux worked at Hughes Aircraft Company in Tucson, Arizona as a rocket scientist. He was an accomplished classical pianist and an amateur Radio Operator. He was a member of Mensa International for 25 years. During the last few years of his life he lived at Edwardsville Nursing and Rehab in Edwardsville, IL. A service to celebrate his life will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2018 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, IL with Deacon Bill Kessler officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL. Friends may gather with the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society 1301 S. 11th St., Belleville, IL 62226


  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, March 9, 2018

Devereux Hamilton Murphy Jr.

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