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Saturday, February 4, 2012

NWA Capt. Paul E. Murphy

From: PCN       Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2012 1:31 AM
Subject:  Death of NWA pilot Capt. Paul E. Murphy, age 81
Word has been received of the passing of Korean War veteran and
retired NWA pilot Captain Paul Murphy, age 81.

To view/sign the online guestbook and read the complete obituary
please visit the funeral home website at www.palmmortuary.com/     or
To view the family photo gallery, click on this link which should take
you directly to Captain Murphy’s picture tribute:

Survived by his wife Mary Lou personal condolences may be sent to the
family at
2604 Golfside Drive , Las Vegas, NV 89134-8808  ..  (702) 363-6551

Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator


From: Ray Dahl Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 2:33 PM
Subject: Captain Paul Murphy

PAUL MURPHY Retired airline pilot captain, Paul E. Murphy, 81, of Las
Vegas, has flown to Heaven Jan. 31, 2012. He was born Dec. 1, 1930, in
Quincy, Mass., and was a 41-year resident of Nevada. He served in the
U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Paul was an avid golfer and a
retired airline pilot and a member of Airline Pilots Association.

Bonanza through to Northwest.

He was preceded in death by mother, Agnes; father, Paul; sister,
Evelyn; and brother, Bernard. Paul leaves to mourn his wife, Mary L.
Murphy; son, Chris (Denise) Murphy of Ione, Calif.; daughters, Audrey
(Richard) Kanthack of Las Vegas, Irene (David) Fehrenbacher of Citrus
Heights, Calif., and Gayle Lavelle of Madison, Ala.; 12 grandchildren;
and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.,
with services following, both at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave.

Graveside services will be at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7,
at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Buchanan Blvd.

 Paul will be greatly missed by all.



Paul Edward Murphy was blessed with an abundance of leadership
qualities. It would be accurate to say that this man was an
outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well.
He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects
of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who
awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected
from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Paul was
a man who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an
organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Paul
would set about immediately to create it.

       His parents were Paul and Alberta Murphy. Paul was raised in
Massachusetts. Paul was brought up to be reasonable in his actions and
was taught to use his intellect wisely. He was an honest and
straightforward child, traits that reinforced his self-confidence.
Even at a young age, Paul was credited with having a positive
influence on those around him.

      The positive atmosphere that Paul generated spread to his
family. Paul was raised with two siblings. He had one younger sister
Evelyn and a younger brother Bernard. Paul served as a catalyst within
the family. He often found himself in the role of providing fair
solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, Paul
was able to demonstrate his uncommon logic and skill at building

      Paul's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that
enthusiasm generated led to his exhibiting leadership qualities early
on in his childhood. He liked to see things executed properly and
showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out
of control. At the same time, he was willing to experiment with
different approaches as he worked a plan towards a solution. As a
young boy, he took part in baseball, bowling and golf. He was an Altar
Boy and a Boy Scout. In his spare time he liked playing baseball and
building model airplanes.

      When it came to academics and school, Paul's organizational
skills reaped dividends. Paul was able to create a system for getting
his class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong
ability to analyze his schoolwork and assignments, he could apply a
practical, common sense approach completing his studies. He showed a
natural curiosity in the manner in which he tackled new types of
problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in
finding solutions. He graduated from Waltham High School in 1949. He
enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes
and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Chemistry.

      As Paul knew in other aspects of his life, he had a clear vision
of what he sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. On
November 23, 1974 Paul exchanged wedding vows with Mary Louise
Morrison at Little Church Of The West of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mary was a
significant part of his life, and it wasn’t necessary for Paul to be
overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of
their mutual devotion. Paul's secret to success was that he always
kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the
important skill of being a good listener.

      Family and children were important to Paul, even if he didn’t
always show it. Paul was blessed with four children, Chris, Audrey,
Irene and Gayle. They were also blessed with twelve grandchildren,
Ryan Murphy, Russell Murphy, Kimberly Bailey, June Perez, Greg
Gleason, Melissa Tribble, Aaron, LaVelle, Alex LaVelle, Hope LaVelle,
Brandy Salazar, Joseph Murray and Zach Fehrenbacher. There are also
Seventeen grandchildren: Kayli Gleason, Jossalyn Gleason, Amanda
Perez, Emma Perez, David Murphy, Jason Murphy, Rachel Murphy, Allison
Bailey, Jaime Bailey, Michael Murphy, Juliana Salazar, Natalie
Salazar, Lily Tribble and Benjamin Tribble. Five Nieces and Nephews-
Theresa Tim, Debbie Patrick, Mike Kathy, Becky Deanna and Ruth
Trottier. Paul was able to keep order in the family by using the same
efficient and straightforward methods with the family as he did at
work. Paul rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, he
was subtle and patient in his dealings when teaching the children
right from wrong.

      At work Paul was viewed as a natural leader. He could marshal
all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in
order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing
strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Paul
was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting
things done. He was able to establish and meet objectives and
schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the
big picture clearly in sight. Although Paul might have been described
by some as an overachiever, he was without question a dedicated and
diligent employee. His primary occupation was an Airline Pilot. He was
employed for many wonderful years with Northwest Airlines.

      Paul was an Air Force veteran. He was in Bermuda as a Hurricane
Hunter. Paul saw action for the Korean War. Through his dedication and
hard work, he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He received several
awards including many military commendations. Paul's fellow soldiers
knew that he worked well within the system, understanding the
importance of rules and striving to follow them. Paul's life approach
was all about order.

      Not only did Paul find pleasure in pursuing his various hobbies,
he also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about
them. His skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these
activities as well. His favorite pursuits were playing golf, wood
working, boating and photography.

      No matter what the activity was, Paul had the ability to
motivate others. This talent influenced his participation in sports,
too. He sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and
he stayed cool and calm under pressure. He relished the stimulation of
the action and energy associated with sports. In high school, Paul
played baseball. Recreational sports included bowling and playing
golf. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his
favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were
baseball and golf.

      Paul lived his life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. His
faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. He was a
member of the local Catholic Church. During his time in the Catholic
Church, he was an Altar Boy as a young man.

      Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for Paul to
apply his exceptional leadership and organizational skills. He liked
exploring different places but also enjoyed designing and scheduling
the trips in advance. He had real talent for developing the perfect
itineraries. Favorite vacations included going to the cabin in Utah
and traveling to Mexico and Puerta Vallarta.

      Paul was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of
Paul's favorites was Boots a cat. They were best friends for 8 years.
His family was rounded out by his Dachsunds-Dudley and Candy.

      When Paul's retirement finally came in 1985, he was well
prepared. He had worked out all of the details well in advance and
knew exactly what he was going to do. His new life involved relocating
to Las Vegas, Nevada. In retirement, he found new pleasure in golfing,
bowling and woodworking. Always a well-informed person, Paul enjoyed
adding to his wealth of knowledge. Retirement afforded him the time to
enjoy that experience and provided one more opportunity to look ahead
at what life might offer him.

      Paul passed away on January 31, 2012 at Mountainview Hospital in
Las vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his spouse, children,
grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services were
held at Palm Cheyenne Mortuary 7400 W. Cheyenne Las Vegas, Nevada.
Paul was laid to rest in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial
Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.

      Paul Edward Murphy knew what he wanted from life and never
hesitated in going after it. He could be characterized as a driven
individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Paul
was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat
about most things. He was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes
by default. If he saw that something needed to be done, he was always
ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.

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