Howard James Murphy, 81, of Peshtigo, passed away December 31, 2013, at Bay Area Medical Center. Born on November 19, 1932, son of the late Howard J. and Mabel (Demmith) Murphy.
He served his country in the United States Army. On February 11, 1956 he married the former Carol Finger at Christ Lutheran Church in Peshtigo. Howard farmed and was employed at Badger Pulp Paper Mill, retiring from the paper mill in 1994 and from farming in 1997. An avid sports fan of the Peshtigo High School Bulldogs, Wisconsin Badgers and the Packers, he enjoyed  all sporting events. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Howard is survived by, his wife Carol; two sons: Jim (Danette) Murphy of Peshtigo and Mike Murphy of Porterfield; two daughters: Jean Wendlandt of Woodbury, Minn. and Shirley (Allen) Kiley of DePere; two sisters: Loretta (Eugene) Brabant and Pat Lindgren; 12 grandchildren: Benjamin Murphy, Kate Bright, Nathan Wendlandt, Mathew Ambriz, Stephanie Jaeger, Maria Murphy, Kasey Lesdamas, Cody Murphy, Jessica, Bryan, Sara and Megan Fritz; three great-grandchildren: Bryar and Cole Murphy and Lucas Bright. Besides his parents, Howard was preceded in death by a daughter, Patti L. Fritz on August 25, 1997; and a sister, Sally Andersen.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in Peshtigo, from 9 a.m. until time of services at 12 noon with Rev. David Murphy officiating.
Burial will be in the Spring of 2014 in Riverside Cemetery, Peshtigo.
Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.