Stephen (Bill) Wayne Murphey
July 12, 1925 - February 3, 2018
Stephen Wayne Murphey, better known as Bill, passed away while surrounded by his family on February 3, 2018, at the age of 92. Bill was born on July 12, 1925, in Culdesac, Idaho to Steven and Vera Murphey. Bill was raised and graduated from High School in neighboring Craigmont. In 1943, Ollie Achison, Bob Crouter, and Steve Murphey along with their families moved from Idaho to Prosser to start a local feed store. They named the store ACM after the families. During this time Bill and his brothers Vic, Jim, and Bob were serving in the Army and after they were discharged in 1945 they headed to Prosser to be with their families and work at the store. At a local dance, Bill met Mary Louise "Mickey" Schut and on April 2, 1950, Bill and Mickey were married. Together they worked at the feed store and eventually raised three boys William, David, and Rick. In 1975, ACM was sold until just a few years later when Bill, along with Don Evans, Sr. and Darwin Crosby bought it and renamed it M&E Seed and Grain Company. Bill continued to work there until just a few years ago when his health finally forced him to retire. Bill was a hard-working family man who will be greatly missed.
There will be a memorial service held on Saturday, February 17th at 1:00 p.m. at the Prosser Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (330 Nunn Road, Prosser WA). This will be followed by an open house at the Prosser Senior and Community Center (1231 Dudley Avenue, Prosser WA).
Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mickey, and his three sons, Bill and wife Donna, Dave and wife Kecia, Rick and wife Jane. He is also survived by 12 loving grandchildren, many great grandchildren and he even had a few great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Victor and sister Rita Smith. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Steve and Vera, his brothers Clayton James and Robert, and sisters Maxine and Lita.