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Murphy, Rodney Alden, age 82 of Neville, Saskatchewan, passed away November 7, 2023 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at the First United Church in Swift Current, with Rev. Annette Taylor officiating. The pianist was Joan Williamson. Marvin Allen read the eulogy. Ushers were Codi Loran, Eliza Murphy, Scarlett Murphy, Ivy Murphy, and Tianna Bishoff. The interment was held at the Neville Cemetery with Pax Loran, Jaret Loran, Ethan Loran, Parker Bishoff, Jayden Murphy, and Taylor Lachance serving as pallbearers.
Rod is survived by: Robert (Cheryl) Murphy, children Jayden and Ivy; Patricia (Dean) Loran, children Pax (Ty), Codi (Taylor), Jaret (Rachel), Ethan (Kayla); Andrew (Monique) Murphy, children Shelby (Matt), Tyler, Brandon, Emily, Shae (Cody), Kayla, Blake, Carley, Eliza, Scarlett; Tara (Jason) Bishoff, children Tianna, Parker; sisters: Madeleine Gowan and family Lana Taylor and family, and Lynn Scott and her family.
He was predeceased by his parents William and Berniece Murphy; wife Cynthia Murphy; brothers Garvin and Irwin Murphy; daughter-in-law Sandy Murphy; grandson Jesse Benallack.
Rodney was born on May 25, 1941 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He attended Neville school, where he forewent graduation to begin working. He helped maintain the Swift Current Curling rink and worked for Sask Power before he became a full-time farmer. At age 17, Rodney met his partner Cynthia Black, and they were married on April 13, 1963 at the First United Church in Swift Current. They created a rambunctious family of four children and settled on the homestead in Neville, Saskatchewan. Rodney was a valued member of the Neville community his whole life. He was a member of the Neville United Church, Neville Coop, the Neville Credit Union, and the Vanguard Gun Club. In 1979, Rodney sought out to get his pilot licence. He was a proud owner of a Cessena 172. Rodney had a passion for travel and adventure, and having his own plane allowed him to have many memorable trips and attend many air shows. Rodney was also a long standing member of the Saskatchewan and International Flying Farmers. When Rodney had free time, he loved attending local dances, spending time attending and volunteering rodeos, and his labour of love the cabin, and Cypress Hills. The last few years of Rodney's life were all enjoyed on the acreage in Swift Current where he was surrounded by friends, community, and his special friend/companion Delores Daniel.
For anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Rodney, he was always willing to help a neighbour in need, no matter the task. His door was always open, the coffee pot was always on, and he loved to have a good visit.
Donations in Rodney's memory to the Dr. Noble Irwin Health Care Foundation, or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home. For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606, or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.