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Donald "Hot Rod" Murphy

November 27, 1948 ~ December 31, 2020 (age 72)


Donald “Hot Rod” Murphy, 72, of Moline, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 at UnityPoint Health Trinity, Rock Island.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at Moline Memorial Park.  Memorials may be made to River Bend Food Bank at

Don was born on November 27, 1948 in Rock Island, the son of Donald and Winifred (Jensen) Murphy. He married Mary Murphy on June 6, 1969 in East Moline. Don worked for Sexton Ford as a body mechanic for 34 years and as a Moline school custodian for 8 years. He enjoyed fishing, coaching softball, and being a part of the Moline Dads Club.

Survivors include his wife, son, Donnie Murphy, Moline; grandchildren, Brittany (Cody) Robertson, Geneseo, Hunter Murphy, Moline, Jacob Winokur, Florida, Paige Winokur, Florida; siblings, Jan Neels, Char Murphy, Karen (Bob) Bowling, Gary (Sue) Murphy, Bill Murphy, and Denise Coakley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kelly Murphy; siblings, LaMayne Murphy, and Terry Murphy.

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