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Murphy D. Kirby

Murphy D. Kirby
October 30, 1955 -  June 5, 2020

Murphy Duane Kirby, age 64 of Fremont, passed away peacefully at his home with his family surrounding him on Friday, June 5, 2020 after a brief yet brave battle against pancreatic cancer.

Murph was born on October 30, 1955 to Bud and Dee (Kappmeyer) Kirby in Fairbury NE. They lived in various communities across the state during his youth. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1974. On May 7, 1977, Murphy married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Becher.

He began his 40 year career in auto parts as a counter person at NAPA Auto Parts in Arlington, working his way up to manager in Valley and Elkhorn before achieving his dream of owning his own store, Kirby Auto Parts in Valley, where he and his wife Cindy are still in business.

Murph was a member of First Congregational Church UCC in Fremont, Fremont Masonic Lodge #15, Arbor Vitae Chapter #92 Order of the Eastern Star and the Valley Waterloo Nebraska Business Association.
Murph loved all things automotive: repairing vehicles, attending classic car shows and NASCAR races. He was a loyal Nebraska football fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was always up for an adventure.

Murph is survived by his wife, Cindy; three children, Renae (Mark) Brunner of Fremont NE, Thomas Kirby of Fremont NE, David (Tamsen) Kirby of Davenport IA; sisters, Pam Kirby of Fremont NE, Val (Steve) Miller of Fremont NE, brother Doug (Julie) Kirby of Fremont NE and cousin who was like a brother Don (Cindy) Brown of Hastings NE.

Murphy was preceded in death by his parents.

Controlled visitation will be Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont, from 4pm to 8pm. A private family service will be held on Wednesday with a livestream of the service to start at 11am (visit and click on Murph's name ). A memorial fund will be determined at a later date.

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The video of the service can be found at the following youtube link: