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Arnold Murphy

October 24, 1925 — July 24, 2009

Grove - Arnold Leo Murphy, age 83, died at the Grove Nursing Center in Grove, Oklahoma on Friday, July 24, 2009. The son of Arnold and Molly (Smith) Murphy, Arnold was born on October 24, 1925 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Arnold proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII. He the joined the Air Force Reserve and was called in to active duty from 1950 until 1964. He flew over 68 missions during the Korean War. After retirement from the military, Arnold was the owner of M&N Printing Company in Oxnard, California. Arnold married the love of his life Frances Bankhead on September 2, 1944. Arnold's true passion was golfing. Arnold and Frances had just moved to Grove a month ago from Sherwood, Arkansas. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Albert Murphy. Survivors include his wife of 64 years Frances Murphy, two sons, Danny and his wife Marjorie Murphy of Grove, Oklahoma, Michael and his wife Willa Murphy of Grant Pass, Oregon, one daughter Teresa Murphy of Palm Springs, California, three brothers Ira and his wife Crystal Murphy, Earl and his wife Mary Murphy, Tommy and his wife Rose Marie Murphy and one sister Mary Franks, eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday July 28, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church in Grove, Oklahoma. Friends and family may leave online condolences by viewing Arnold's obituary at

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