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Obituary: William Michael Murphy, 1941-2019 

Published July 8, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. | Updated July 15, 2019 at 3:29 p.m.

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Bill Murphy grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and served in the Peace Corps in Chile, where he met the love of his life and soul mate, Lita. After living in Brazil and Oregon, they moved to Colchester, Vt., in 1979, with their daughters Michelle and Nicole.

Bill taught a wide variety of courses in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont and helped with UVM's Vermont Grass Farmers Association outreach program. He retired from UVM after 25 years in 2004. He is also the author of Greener Pastures on Your Side of the Fence.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lita; their daughters Michelle Murphy-Ertle and Nicole Murphy; their son-in-law Steve Ertle; and their grandchildren Ciara and Nathan Ertle and Tristin Houston.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Whitcomb Barn, 199 Jericho Rd. (Route 15), Essex, VT.

The Murphy family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the UVM Medical Center oncology doctors, nurses and staff who went above and beyond in providing such personal, thoughtful and professional care.

Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society or by sending a check in Bill’s name payable to the Vermont Grass Farmers Association, 327 U.S. Route 302, Suite 1, Berlin, VT 05641.

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