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Russel J. “Jim” Murphy

Mr. Russel James Murphy Jr. of Dix, IL departed this life in the SSM/Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 9:08 A.M. He had attained the age of 72 years, 5 months, and 19 days.

Russel was born in South Charleston, WV on May 4, 1948 the son of Russel Sr. and Maysel (nee Seabolt) Murphy. He was united in marriage to Connie Wernecke in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Okawville, IL on March 15, 1991 and she survives his passing.

Jim was hired as a computer technician by IBM when he was just 18 years old. He worked as a computer tech for several other companies over the years. He then became an ASE Certified Master Mechanic and worked at Segelhorst Garage in Addieville, IL. Jim then went on to Snap-on Tools where he worked as a technical representative and finished his career as a tool distributor for Matco Tools. Jim was an avid reader and he loved math and science. He enjoyed tinkering and he could fix most anything. Jim also loved to sing and play guitar and had his own one-man band, Jim Murphy’s One for the Road Band. He was of the Baptist faith.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Connie Murphy of Dix, IL; a daughter, Sarah Malawy and husband Joey of Nashville, IL, two grandchildren, Jessica and Clayton Malawy; a sister, Charlotte Hudson and husband Mitchell of South Charleston, WV; a brother, Robert Murphy and wife Joyce of Hope Hull, AL; a brother-in-law, Dennis Wernecke of Nashville; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Johnson and his in-laws, Norwin and Norma (nee Hassebrock) Wernecke.

Funeral services will be held from the Campagna Funeral Home in Okawville on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11 A.M. with Pastor Eric Wood officiating. Interment will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Okawville.

Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home in Okawville on Tuesday from 9 A.M. until 11 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alumni and Friends Association for the benefit of the Immanuel Lutheran School in Okawville.

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