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PEKIN ~ Gregory R. Murphy, 54, of Pekin, passed away at 10:26 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born May 18, 1962 in Pekin to Richard E. and Jane A. (Reynolds) Murphy.  His father preceded him in death.  He also was preceded by his brother, Todd E. Murphy.

Surviving are his mother, Jane Smith of Pekin; and his niece, Ashley Murphy of Tremont.

Greg had co-owned and operated Jake’s Pizza in Bloomington with his brother.  He also had worked ten years for Caterpillar, Inc. as a tool setter.

He enjoyed ice skating, swimming, fishing and hunting.  He loved sports, especially the Chicago Bears.

His graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin. There will be no visitation.  Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Ln. Pekin, IL 61554.

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