Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late Herbert and Ruth (Czar) Murphy and was educated in Nebraska. During the Korean Conflict he served with the United States Navy.
Mr. Murphy was employed as a fire inspector at Harvard University in Cambridge for over 30 years.
He is survived by one daughter, Erin E. Murphy and her husband, Keith Baldinger, of Shrewsbury; two sons, Steven K. Murphy and his wife, Debra, of Westborough and Ryan C. Murphy of Northbridge; two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Malorie Baldinger; and four brothers and seven sisters.
A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 17, at 11:30 a.m., in the Veterans Grove Section of Pine Grove Cemetery, Westborough. Burial, with military honors, will follow. Calling hours are Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Britton-Summers Funeral Home, 4 Church St., Westborough.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to any Veterans organization.