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La Grange Man Dies After Saving Grandson From Drowning

Dennis Murphy, 70, of La Grange, died June 12 after a canoeing accident near Nazareth, PA. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook.

Visitation for Dennis Murphy, 70, of La Grange, will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook. Credit: Courtesy of Adolf Funeral Home
Visitation for Dennis Murphy, 70, of La Grange, will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook. Credit: Courtesy of Adolf Funeral Home
Dennis Murphy of La Grange passed away Thursday, June 12, after he saved his grandson from drowning in a canoeing accident near Nazareth, PA, the Doings La Grange reported Monday.

Murphy, 70, was born April 10, 1943 in Elkhart, IN. 

He earned a BS degree in electrical engineering form Purdue University and an MBA from Northwestern University before working as a staff accountant for ComEd. 

When he retired, Murphy worked as a substitute teacher at Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove and at Lyons Township High School. He was also on the board of directors at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale and the Fairway Club in La Grange, according to Adolf Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Deborah; two daughters, Kristin Murphy and Laura Ferri; three grandchildren, Samuel, Thomas and Lucy; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Niemann. 

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 E. First St., Hinsdale. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dennis Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Avery Coonley School.

Read the full Doings La Grange story here.

Information courtesy of Adolf Funeral Home.

Local Reader June 17, 2013 at 06:26 PM
This is so sad! A great man who will be missed!
Teri D. Springer June 23, 2013 at 04:31 PM
I am so sorry to hear this. I didn't know Mr. Murphy but what a selfless act. Prayers and strength to the family.

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