George Harry Murphy, 89, of Punta Gorda, FL, passed away December 20, 2010. He was born March 1, 1921, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his twin brother, Creighton, were the eldest of 5 sons born to Beatrice and Creighton Murphy. He graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School and went on to Bethany College. At Bethany he met Frances Thomas. When World War II began he left college, but returned to Bethany to marry Frances. He served in the Army Air Corps as a flight instructor. After the war he returned to college, earning a degree from the University of Pittsburg, and then began a 32 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served as a Special Agent in offices in Oklahoma City, Chicago, Joliet IL, and finished his career in Jacksonville, FL. He remained active with the Air Force Reserve and retired with the rank of Major.
George and Fran moved to Punta Gorda in 1977 after his retirement. He enjoyed boating the waters of Charlotte Harbor on his boat “Happy Days”. Following Fran’s death after 52 years of marriage he married Ellen (Betty) Klotz. He spent many years serving with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, including a year as Charlotte Harbor Flotilla 98 Auxiliary Commander, and was an active member of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, the F.B.I. Former Agents Association, the Elks Club, and the Isles Yacht Club.
George was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances and brother Robert Murphy. He is survived by his wife of 11 years Betty Klotz; brothers Creighton F. Murphy, David K. Murphy, and James A. Murphy; daughters Susan Murphy (Michael McMahon), Carol Porter (Bud) and Virginia Martin; grandchildren Maitland Lee Martin and April Leigh McMahon.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice or to a charity of your choice. Friends may visit online at
www.robersonfh.com to sign the guest book and extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home Punta Gorda Chapel