The Honorable Roger P. Murphy

Oct. 17, 1923 - July 11, 2009

The Honorable Roger P. Murphy of Waukesha died peacefully Saturday, July 11, 2009, at age 85. He was born in Lancaster on Oct. 17, 1923, the son of Frank and Alice (nee Petty) Murphy and was a 1941 graduate of Lancaster High School.

In 1943, he entered the U.S. Air Force where he flew 29 combat missions in the European Theater in England. Judge Murphy received his undergraduate degree in economics in 1948 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then went on to graduate in 1951 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He started his career as a claims attorney in 1951 at Mutual Insurance Co. in Fond du Lac. He then worked for Rural Mutual Insurance Co. in Waukesha and Milwaukee from 1952 until 1956. In March 1956, he went into private practice at Werra & Murphy Law Offices in Waukesha and Dousman. In January 1961, he was elected the district attorney of Waukesha County where he served five consecutive elected terms. In January 1971, he was elected state senator for the 33rd District of Wisconsin, where he served until 1980. He then was appointed circuit court judge in Waukesha and then re-elected in successive terms until his retirement in 1999. Judge Murphy was the past chairman of the Wisconsin Federation of Young Republicans, a member of the executive committee of the Wisconsin Republican Party and the Waukesha County Republican Party; a member of the American, Wisconsin and Waukesha County Bar associations; a member of the National and Wisconsin district attorneys’ associations; past president of the Wisconsin District Attorneys’ Association; past exalted ruler of the Waukesha Elks Lodge No. 400; and a member of the Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ in Waukesha.

Judge Murphy will be sadly missed by his wife, Arlene (nee Laubenheimer) of Waukesha; sons, Mark (Jennifer) Murphy of Wauwatosa and Tom (LeAnne) Murphy of Clear Water, Minn.; and six grandsons, Abe, Ben, Gavin, Keegan, Nolan and Mac. He is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret Jane, on Nov. 28, 2005.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, July 14, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. An Elks Lodge of Sorrow Service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation continues from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, July 15, at the Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ, 413 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. Full military honors will follow the service at the church. Private burial will be at the Laubenheimer Family Cemetery in Richfield.

Memorials are appreciated to the church (address above) or the Waukesha Elks Lodge No. 400, 2301 Springdale Road, Waukesha, WI 53186.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.