Metcalf Funeral Directors

1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, TX


Karl D Murphy

January 23, 1940February 12, 2020

Karl Dean Murphy, age 80, of Montgomery, Texas passed away in his home, Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Karl was born January 23, 1940 to John K Murphy and Helen (Lock) Murphy in Fredonia, Kansas. He grew up in Fredonia and graduated in 1958 from Fredonia High School. Karl graduated from Kansas State College of Pittsburg in 1962 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He joined the United States Air Force, attending Officer Training School, becoming a Lieutenant, and attending Flight School becoming a pilot for F-4 Phantoms and flew missions over North Vietnam in the mid to late 60's while he was stationed in Thailand. Among other accomplishments and recognition, he received the Silver Wings and the Air Medal Award during his service with the Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, Karl became a Pilot for Delta Airlines and was employed there, flying Boeing 727's for 25 years until his retirement in 1994. He resided in Miami, Florida for several years and near Houston, Texas for a major portion of his life. Karl was an auto mechanic and Classic Corvette enthusiast, and restored several cars over the years, including 1954, 1962 and 1971 Corvette models. Karl learned electrical wiring as a teenager, from his dad and was a Handyman and "Jack of all Trades". He loved mechanic and woodworking tools and did much of the construction and detail finishing for a home he lived in for 25 years in Magnolia, Texas. Karl loved boating and being on the water. He built his own small rowboat when he was a boy, and had a twin engine inboard as an adult which he loved to use on Lake Conroe. Karl was a Believer that Jesus Christ is the Living Son of God and is his Savior for Eternal Life.

Survivors include his brother John R Murphy and wife, Sue of Derby, Kansas, son Michael Murphy and wife, Lisa of Austin, Texas, daughter Michele Lazzara and husband, Trey of Austin, Texas, grandchildren Jake Murphy, Luke Lazzara, and Mia Lazzara, sister in-law Pat (Frazier) Murray of Greensboro, North Carolina, also many other cousins, nieces and nephews related to the family circle mentioned here.

Karl was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Frazier) Murphy and his parents.

A celebration of life visitation for Karl will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas 77304.

Interment and a Military Ceremony will be at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro, North Carolina, directed by Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home.

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  • Celebration of Life Visitation Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Karl D Murphy

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Kegan Terra

February 18, 2020

Thanks for being an awesome GodFather.

Jayne Jarvis

February 17, 2020

I met Captain around 2004 as his physical therapist while he was living at The Forum after his stroke. He was a challenge. He was motivated. He became my friend. I moved with him from The Forum to his house that he built along with Rick and Laura. My children grew up around him , even helping Laura with babysitting while I was treating him. He came to my son’s Boy Scout Eagle ceremony even when he wasn’t always comfortable in his wheelchair. I actually was able to get him to walk- after many said he couldn’t... and he could have walked down the aisle at his son’s wedding if he wanted to😊 Karl, Rick, Laura, and Diva are very important in my life. I will miss him but I know he is at peace and reunited with his wife- the love of his life. Rest In Peace Captain- my heart is with you💜🌈

Rosa Rodriguez

February 17, 2020

Karl has been such a huge joy to everyone. He was always well respected & loved, the Diner & the Sombrero in Montgomery both always dropped everything when we saw him & Rick walk in. The kitchen staff in both places always knew what Captain liked and always had his stuff cooking before we even got him seated, there will always be that table in both locations that he always sat at empty , but there will be a picture image of him sitting in it , he won’t be forgotten that easy. Captain ( Karl) will be missed & in our hearts for years to come. He can finally Rest In Peace & join God in heaven,enjoying the view from the sky I’m sure that was his favorite

Rudi & Carolyn Jaehn

February 17, 2020

Rudi & I have been neighbors to Captain (Karl) for years at the lake. We enjoyed visiting with him & will miss him.

Arlene Terra

February 17, 2020

Karl we are going to miss

Rick Berry

February 17, 2020

Captain, you have been a remarkable friend, brother and boss for me these last 15 and a half years. The past few days without you here have been extremely sad for me. I miss you more than I can express and the floods of emotion are constant. Thank you again for chosing me to be your helper for all of these years. It has been my honor and privilege to assist you and be your friend. I love you very much! You are in my heart FOREVER!