Dr. John Murphy Jr.

July 17, 1924December 18, 2018
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MURPHY, John E., Jr., D.O., passed into the Lord’s house on December 18, 2018. He is preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, and his son, Kevin. He is survived by four children; John (Susan), Brad (Tricia), Terrence, and Genna (Shauna) and nine grandchildren; Megan, John, Justin, Shawn, Shannon, Katie, Stephen, Brendan and Molly and ten great grandchildren. John was born to John and Louise (Schutzler) Murphy on July 17, 1924, in Beavertown (Kettering), OH. He graduated from Fairmont High School where he played tennis and football. At 17 years of age, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served as a B-24 bomber pilot in WWII and flew fifty- four missions over Germany and Italy. He received many medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and a Presidential Citation. After the war, he attended The Ohio State University and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was married to Charlotte Ann Wilkening for sixty -nine years until her death in 2016. He opened Kettering Family Practice where he was a busy family physician for over forty- five years. As a longtime resident of Bellbrook, OH, he served twenty years as a Sugarcreek Township Trustee, thirty years on the zoning board, and a few years as a Greene County Republican Committee member. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. His interests included cattle and sheep farming, hunting, and fishing on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather whose wit and charm will be greatly missed. The family will receive visitors from 3-6 PM on Friday, December 28th, followed by a funeral service at Tobias Funeral Home 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45429 Online condolences may be sent to .


  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 28, 2018

Dr. John Murphy Jr.

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Kim Christensen

January 6, 2019

I just now (January 6th) heard about Dr. Murphy's passing. He was such a wonderful man and wonderful neighbor. I'm sending sympathy and condolences to the family. Love to John, Brad, Terry, and Gemma. --Kim C.

Chanda Shroder-Dicke

January 3, 2019

I have the privilege of being the very first child that Dr. Murphy ever delivered. This has resonated with me my entire life by my parents( and even Dr. Murphy). What an exceptional video tribute to an exceptional man that truly was a common word (Murphy) in the Shroder household. My parents both adored him as well as my grandmother and grandfather. I remember once that my brothers and I went on a boat excursion to Cumberland Lake. We were doing jokes about my parents and the words Murphy "said" was used over and over. I also remember him telling my Mom that I had a bald spot on the top of my head from the tight poneytail she used to make me wear! Blessings to your family and continued prayers for your solace.

Gregg Mohney

December 28, 2018

Brad and Family....I started going to Kettering Family Practice in 1971 and when I got married, my wife Jeri started to KFP. We both had the pleasure of having John as our Doctor for many years. He was one of the most compassionate people I've ever met.

My wife developed an illness that no one was able to diagnose, except John. He spent a tremendous amount of time working with her and running test after test, and finally determined she had Epstein-barr. It was a long road, but in the end he prevailed and cured her. This was a true testimony to his compassion for his patients.

From our family to yours, we send our sympathy and heart felt condolences in this sorrowful time.

Donald " Ray" Boatman

December 21, 2018

Was a patient, became a friend. Showed me how to take care of my back at home! Laughed, now I lost a patient. Years later met walking along Little Sugarcreek, enjoyed our talks.

Mike Murry

December 20, 2018

Doc Murphy III: I did not know your father. But he helped raise you. You are one of the kindest, most compassionate people I have ever met. This tells me volumes about your dad. Praying for God’s comfort and peace for you and your entire family.