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Mr. Jerome "Jerry" J. Murphy

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“Jerry was a great man and a great lawyer. I am glad to have known him. ”
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“Jerry was a wonderful and valuable member of the board of directors of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. His judgment was outstanding and his...Read More »
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“Jerry shared a room with me for 2 years at ND and it was a real privilege to have him as a friend. ”
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“Jerry was a good friend and a fellow Rotarian at the Clayton Club for many years. I will miss him. My prayers are with your family. ”
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“Jerry was a great guy and will be very missed. My condolences to all of his family. ”
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Jerome (Jerry) J. Murphy, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2016.
Beloved husband of Judy (nee Ossenfort). Loving father of Scott (Heather), Molly Suden (Dave), Andy (Nicole), Jerry John Jr., and Tim (Marly). Dearest grandfather of Katy, John, Patrick, Elizabeth, Matthew, and Teddy. Dear brother of Forrest (Mary Ann) and Mary Shafer (Reed). Loving uncle, brother-in-law, father-in-law, and wonderful friend to many.

Preceded in death by his mother Virginia (nee Weber) and father Forrest. Jerry was born March 28, 1942. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes, Chaminade ('60) and Notre Dame University (AB '64); St. Louis University (JD '68); Washington University (LL.M. '76); and taught trial law at SLU.

Jerry served as an Assistant Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis and then as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he was in charge of the St. Louis Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement, which later became the DEA. One of his first clients in private practice was President Nixon during the Watergate Affair. He returned to St. Louis and worked as an attorney in private practice for four decades.

Jerry was active in numerous community, professional and philanthropic endeavors. He was Chairman of and received three Awards of Merit from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and served on the Board of dozens of St. Louis organizations and charities. His interests included handball, fishing, sailing and spending time in Door County, WI.

SERVICES: Family will receive friends at Ambruster Chapel, 6633 Clayton Road, Friday, April 29, 4-7pm. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at The Church of the Immacolata, 8900 Clayton Road, Saturday, April 30, 10am. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation St. Louis Chapter, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Magdala Foundation, The National Alzheimer's Association or charity of choice.