Eugene “Bud” Thomas Murphy, 94, who had been a longtime employee of Carter Oil, died Jan. 20, 2014.
He was born Nov. 27, 1919, the third of seven children born to Thomas and Catherine Murphy in Reliance, S.D. He left school at an early age to help with the family farm.
As a young man, he was instrumental in constructing much of the infrastructure in the Black Hills of South Dakota as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. This included Harney Peak, the tallest fire lookout in the Black Hills. He was captain of the CCC boxing team.
After leaving the CCC he worked for the State Highway Department. He married Maxine Ditzler on July 26, 1942.
In 1951 Mr. Murphy moved to Montana to work at Carter Oil (Exxon Mobil). He worked there 27 years on the coker unit and control tower. He had received care from Highgate Senior Living and RiverStone Health Hospice.
Survivors include three siblings, Colleen Koch of Billings, Peggy Jensen of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Babe Murphy of Chamberlain, S.D.; five sons, Jerry of Billings, Thomas of Livingston and James, Kenneth and Joseph, all of Billings; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. Pius X Parish.
Donations may be made to COR enterprises in Billings.