Charles “Chuck” Murphy, 53, who had owned and operated several towing companies, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.
He was born Jan. 24, 1958, in Newburgh, N.Y., to Thomas J. Murphy and Helen (Baxter) Ryan. He learned to walk after a correction of club feet and attended schools in Maybrook and Newburgh, N.Y.
He owned and operated Murphy’s Security in Petersburg, Va., and several towing companies in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida before settling in Billings, where he married Sherry. He also had worked as a taxi driver, correctional officer, hot dog vendor and ambulance driver but always returned to the towing industry.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lacoria; a son, Jonathon; a sister, Donna Herring of Brooksville, Fla.; and brothers, James Ryan of New Hyde Park, N.Y., and David Cook of Billings.
Family, friends, members of the Yellowstone Valley Towing Association, and local owners and operators of towing companies met at Murphy’s Towing on Aug. 15 to have a procession from Murphy’s to a celebration of life at the Central Park shelter. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.