Clifford F. Murphree, 91 years, of Oregon, OH and formerly of Temperance, MI passed away
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at home. He was born August 12, 1925 in Detroit, MI, the son of
William and Othella (Schieber) Cadow. Cliff retired in 1984 from the Detroit Fire Department as
Battalion Chief. He was honored to receive the Medal of Valor for saving 2 children, Detroit’s
highest award. Cliff served proudly in the U.S. Navy Seabee’s during WWII.
He was a member of the IAFF Local #344 Firefighters Union and The Boy’s Club of Detroit. Cliff served as a former secretary of the Fireman’s Fund Association in Detroit and was a co-founder of Sts. Peter & Paul Dad’s Club in Detroit. A longtime member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Keenagers. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Councils #192, OLMC #8902, and Erie VFW #3925.
Cliff was preceded in death by his wife of over 55 years, Louise (Scepanski) in 2002, his daughter-in-law, Shari Murphree, and his grandson, Jonathan Wynkoop.
He is survived by his loving children, Gordon (Barbara) Murphree, Maureen Danyi, Warren
Murphree; grandchildren, Michael, Lisa, Rebecca, Nathaniel, Sarah, Glenn, Rachel,
Joe Danyi; and great-grandchildren, Paige, Gehrig, Reese, Abigail, Graham, Leah, Jacob, and Ila.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Urbanski’s
Bedford Funeral Chapel 8300 Lewis Avenue Temperance, MI. The Funeral Mass will be
celebrated Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church,
Temperance where he will lie in state after 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery
with Military Honors conducted by Lambertville VFW #9656.
Donations in Cliff’s honor may be made to the Salvation Army or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Online condolences may be shared at www.bedfordfuneralchapel.com