John “Jack” Mark Matthew Murphy III, of Holiday Island Arkansas, formerly of Illinois. He was born on July 7, 1939 on Addison St., 2 blocks East of Wrigley Field (Go Bears & Cubs!) and lived in West Chicago, Wayne, St. Charles, Batavia and Naperville Illinois for 65 years of his life. He was the first of six children born to Margaret Elizabeth McGuire Murphy and John Mark Murphy II, both deceased in 1994. Surviving sisters are Patricia Murphy, Diane (Bill) Gradle and Margaret (Tony) Millon. His brother Daniel and sister Barbara preceded him in death. He is survived by his three children Mark (Leslie) Murphy, Erin Murphy and Meggan (Brian) Morell and two step children Brian and Cara Hoving. Five grandchildren, Matthew Koster, Melissa Murphy-Wines, Brennan, Collin & Aidan Morell and three great-grandchildren, Ethan & Ava Koster and Helen Susanne Murphy-Wines. Also nieces Jena Hall and Brigid Murphy and nephews Billy Gradle, Kyle Hall and Mark John Simon and many family members. And the love of his life, his wife Janice Kwit Hoving Murphy.
He achieved an education to include three college degrees. He worked 35 years full time in accounting, managed a Savings & Loan Assoc., retail business owner and 30 years in education administration in Illinois at Elgin Community College and Waubonsee Community College as Vice President Finance & Operation & Treasurer. He was very active in Community organizations to include President of the Batavia Illinois Park District Board. His entire life was spent in leadership roles such as the first and only two time Chairman of the State of Illinois, Illinois Community College Business Administrators Association and he received an award for the Outstanding Community College Business Administrator in the 5 state Midwest regions.
He loved sports and played many especially football and baseball.
He was called home into the arms of his Lord on Monday, April 11, 2016. Visitation will be at Norris-Segert Funeral Home & Cremation Services , 132 Fremont Street, West Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10 am in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Chicago, Illinois with interment following at Calvary Cemetery in West Chicago where he will be buried alongside his parents and brother.
He often described his DNA in four words…. Irish, Catholic, Democrat & Chicago. His motto reads “To Learn, To Lead, To Love therefore To Live”. A Good Life is Respect, Integrity and Kindness. This Leprechaun sends you a lucky coin….Peace be with you….
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Waubonsee Community College Foundation, Sugar Grove, Illinois…. Attention Dan Murphy Athletic Memorial Fund. For info 630-231-0060 or www.norrissegertfh.com