Reed F. Murphy

November 19, 1928April 25, 2011

Reed F. Murphy Jr., 82, formerly of Overland Park, KS passed away Monday, April 25, 2011. Reed was born November 19, 1928, in Chicago, IL, to Reed F. and Audrey Murphy. He grew up in Cincinnati, OH, where he graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. After graduation he served three years in the United States Coast Guard. Reed married Carole Quinn on October 23, 1954. Together they have four sons, and one daughter.

He went to work with his Uncle and Cousins in the Ohio River tug boat business. He later succeeded his father as a Lincoln Mercury car dealer in Covington, KY. In 1968 he relocated his family to Leawood, KS, where he worked for Kenworth Truck Company. In 1975 Reed and Ken Hoffman formed Ozark Kenworth, Inc., in Springfield, MO. The company continued to grow, and today is known as Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC). The company has received numerous awards and industry recognition. Upon completion of college, each of Reed's four sons has continued to work in the family business. Reed always stayed busy with hobbies, boating and fishing. He loved to spend time with friends and family on the water.

Reed was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Carole Murphy; children and their spouses, Tim and Elin, Reed and Martha, Mike and Theresa, Jeff and Michelle, Maureen and Mike Bukaty; eighteen grandchildren and a great- granddaughter.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 29, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 14201 Nall, Leawood, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to the Catholic Education Foundation, 12615 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66109, or


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Larry and Vickie Hall

May 4, 2011

We were deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Reed. He was a wonderful man and employer. May the love of friends and family comfort you through this time of grief.

May 3, 2011

Reed was always smiling is the way I remember him. For those of us in the truck business he was an inspiration with his knowege , kindness , and generosity . I know I learned a lot from Reed and I only knew him informally . Our industry has lost a leader , more importantly we have lost a friend. My comfort is that he is ahead of us again, this time in our spiritual journey . May peace be with you Reed. Bill Wallwork

May 1, 2011

To the Murphy family,

I only heard today the passing of Mr Murphy, and it sadden me deeply. We have lost a good man and a true guiding light. But, thanks to his dedication to his family, friends and business, his spirit will live on. I feel so honored and blessed to have known and worked with Mr Murphy. I never go without thinking of Mr Murphy every time I have a Dewars and water. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Murphy family and my God continue to bless you all.

John Morley
Kansas City, MO.

April 29, 2011

Sorry to hear this news...Reed was a great man .I loved all the tales he told of old times .He always could bring a smile to my face.
I am sure it will be a long time before the grief subsides.
May God bless this family.

Robert L. "Bob" Jones
Mt. Juliet,Tn

Bill Fischer

April 29, 2011

It is with great sorrow to hear that Reed has passed. Reed has been a major inspiration and influence in my life. Obviously for many others as well. I know the strength he has instilled in his close family will help you through this time. In memory, Reed will continue to influence us all. God Bless

Steve Nadolson

April 29, 2011

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Murphy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gary & Linda Messmer

April 29, 2011

Dear Carol & family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers on this day. Reed was a great man and we know you will miss him. He was an inspiration to us and we thank him and your family for being in our lives.

Debbie Barker

April 29, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sadness.As a former employee of MHC I will always remember seeing Mr.Murphy at work and how he was always so gracious to his employees when he saw them.I am truly sad for your loss.

April 29, 2011

Dear Murphy and Bukaty Families we were so saddened to hear about the loss of Reed.He had a sense of humor that I totally enjoyed and the memories will be never forgotten. You were always like family to our family and we sinceraly pray for your loss. Carol or Maureen I hope you no if you need anything please call ! God Bless and We Love all of you!
Vicki Ward and Family and Elvie Cain

Joe & Christy Howard

April 29, 2011

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Reed. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.