Lyle A. Murphy
A. Murphy, age 80 of Fond du Lac, died Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at St. Agnes
Hospital. He was born August 11, 1938, in Bessemer, MI, the oldest son of the
five children of Lloyd and Laura (Wojciechowski) Murphy. Lyle was a 1956
graduate of Fond du Lac High School where he played varsity football and
basketball. After high school, Lyle served in the US Army, and was a member of
the Army Reserves until 1960. On August 22, 1959, Lyle married Janet Bott at
Presentation Church in North Fond du Lac.
went on to attend Spencerian Business College in Milwaukee, WI (now a part of
Concordia University). There he graduated Salutatorian in 1963, receiving his
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting while serving as Senior Class President and
President of the Phi Theta Pi fraternity.
was soon hired to help start the IT Department at Speed Queen in Ripon, WI.
During his MIS career, he was on the cutting edge of technologies of the times
and set up warehousing systems for many companies around the country. In Ripon,
he served as Cub Scout Master, the Secretary of the Ripon Men’s Bowling
Association, and found time to work for the Ripon City Planning Commission.
before Speed Queen was sold, Lyle was transferred to the Corporate Office of
McGraw Edison in Rolling Meadows, IL in 1979 and moved the family to Crystal
Lake, IL. While there, he enjoyed attending his sons’ high school football,
basketball, and baseball games and became the President of the Crystal Lake
South High School Booster Club.
belonged to numerous business organizations and spoke at various conferences
throughout his career. He will long be remembered for his incredible
problem-solving skills, and creative ability to design, build, and remodel to
make life better for others.
include his wife, Janet of Fond du Lac; two sons, Stephen (Julie) Murphy of
Plymouth, Bob (Kerri) Murphy of Crystal Lake, IL; four grandchildren, Ryan
(Lauren) Murphy of Roswell, GA, Meghan (Brian) O’Connor of Woodstock, IL,
Marissa (Michael) Murphy Sun of Milwaukee, Keston (Lucas) Heinen of Plymouth;
one sister, Patricia Devine of Antigo; two brothers John Murphy of Greenville,
SC, and Jim (Judy) Murphy of Lake Elmo, MN; one sister-in-law, Mary Frances
Murphy of Shell Knob, MO; one brother-in-law, Dick (Marcia) Bott of Green Bay;
and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and
one brother, Michael Murphy.
private celebration of Lyle’s life will occur at a later date. Cremation has
taken place and he will be interred at Ledgeview Memorial Park in Fond du Lac.
information and guestbook can be found at ueckerwitt.com