Ronal “RL” Murphy

Ronal “RL” Murphy, 88, of West Liberty, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 14, 2024, in his home.

He was born December 7, 1935, in Belle Center, Ohio the son of Earnest and Imogene (Collins) Murphy. RL was a graduate of Belle Center High School. He received his Bachelors degree from Ohio Northern University and received his Masters degree from The Ohio State University.

He taught school for many years in the West Liberty-Salem School district before becoming the Principal.  He was very involved with the coaching and bussing of students as well as teaching drivers education. RL concluded his working career with the Ohio State Patrol, teaching CDL Instructors and was the first person in Ohio to receive a CDL license; he also worked for Jennings Farley & Seeley Funeral Home with his wife Ruth as a greeter for visitations and funeral services.

RL was known for his amazing bass singing voice and sang with a group known as the “Profs” which he enjoyed very much, he was a member of the Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church and had a strong faith in God.  He loved spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years Ruth (Taylor) Murphy; daughters Lynn (Ed) Armentrout, and Jill (Bill) Klinger, son Shaun (Robin) Murphy; grandchildren, JR (Alyssa) Cramer, Randy Cramer, Justus Murphy, Autumn (Gabe) Swartz, Lane (Chelsi) Stratton, Nate (Kayla) Stratton and  Kristine Stratton; twelve great-grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Universal Home Health & Hospice.

A Graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, March 29, 2024, at Fairview Cemetery West Liberty, Ohio.

A reception will follow for attendees at Jennings Farley & Seeley Funeral Home 5591 US Highway 68 S. West Liberty, Ohio 43357