Timothy Michael Murphy, 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Lake Bluff, IL at 3pm on Thursday, June 14th. At the time of his passing, Tim was surrounded by his four children, a few grandchildren, and several of his best friends. Tim succumbed to complications stemming from congestive heart failure.
Visitation will be held from 4pm-8pm on Tuesday, June 19th at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home located at 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Tim’s funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20th at St. Anthony's Catholic Church located at 1870 St. Ambrose with interment immediately following at Mount Olivet Cemetery located at 10556 Military Rd.
Born in Galena, IL on January 14, 1934, Tim was a long time resident of Dubuque. He attended St. Michael’s grammar school in Galena, a boarding school in central Illinois – as he could at times be a bit of a rambunctious young man – and Loras Academy for high school. After a few years at Loras College, he joined the Air Force and served in Korea, loading bombs on planes and managing the base’s bar. He finished College, married Elaine, and graduated with a degree in Accounting. Tim was employed for over 25 years as an accountant at John Deere and later served for several years as a Development Officer at both Loras College and Mercy Hospital. Tim was also a passionate supporter of Catholic education, serving on the boards of both St. Anthony’s and Wahlert high school.
Tim loved life and was a full participant. He was funny, liked manhattans, time with family and friends, and believe it or not Bruce Springsteen. He also loved sports and enjoyed debating politics. He spoke his mind and always “tried to do the right thing.” In addition to a strong family life, Tim and Elaine were uniquely blessed with an abundance of very close family friends. Together with their friends they attended countless Wahlert High School athletic and fundraising events over the years. Tim, Elaine, and friends also enjoyed traveling the U.S. and Europe. His favorite trips were to the great American West, where he enjoyed many visits to Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, and California.
However, apart from his family and friends, central to Tim’s life was his love for the University of Notre Dame. A passion he passed down to his children and grandchildren. Indoctrinated by his Irish immigrant father, Tim grew up a huge ND fan. He attended his first game in South Bend in November of 1949 – a 32-0 ND whitewashing of USC – and his last game in October of 2017 – a 35-14 throttling of NC State. But while football was the initial attraction, over time Tim’s passion for ND grew into something much more meaningful. Ultimately Tim’s love for the University was based on its Catholic character, strong moral center, its search for academic truth, and its high quality education. He saw ND for what it aspired to be: a place that educated the mind, body, and heart of people who were then sent out “to be a force for good in the world.”
Tim has influenced hundreds of people of all ages from many places. The people and students he has impacted will continue to generate “ripples” that positively impact our world and their influence on others in turn will spread even more “ripples” of goodwill. Tim has left a proud legacy in this world and his impact will be felt for a long time.
Similar to Elaine choosing her favorite time of year to pass, the family feels that it is especially appropriate that Tim chose Father’s Day weekend to pass over to see his departed family and friends.
Tim is survived by his children Christopher Murphy (Catherine) of Lake Forest, IL, Maureen Quill (Michael) of Racine, WI, Megan Patel of Dubuque, and Molly Wallace of Wheaton, IL. Tim and Elaine have 11 grandchildren - Lauren, Caitlin, and Alaina Murphy; Mitchell, Murphy, Maiti, and Mairead Quill; Stella and Oscar Patel; and William and Dylan Wallace. Tim is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as his sister-in-law Nora Murphy of Hanover, IL. Tim was predeceased in death by his parents Michael and Loretta Murphy, his siblings Robert and Bertram, and his beloved wife Elaine.
The family is looking forward to celebrating Tim’s life this Tuesday and Wednesday with family and friends. Please be prepared to share your best - and funniest – Tim and Elaine stories.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking to have donations made to the University of Notre Dame to support the Timothy and Elaine Murphy Scholarship for a young man or woman from the greater Dubuque area. Donations can be sent to the below address. Please make the check out to the University of Notre Dame with a note in the memo line re: Timothy and Elaine Murphy Scholarship
University of Notre Dame
1251 North Eddy Street
South Bend, IN 46617