Audie L. Murphy, 58, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at the Northern Montana Hospital of cancer.
His wake service will be 1 p.m. today with his funeral service 10 a. m. Friday at the Rocky Boy Catholic Church with Russell Standing Rock performing traditional services. Burial will follow at the Rocky Boy Cemetery. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Audie was born July 5, 1950, in Fort Belknap, Mont., the son of Edward Murphy. He was raised in Harbor City, Calif., by his mother, Julia Demontiney, and dad, Mac McDowell, along with his three sisters: Roxanna, Roberta and Rowena and his brothers Edward, Wayne, Joe, Robert and Ronald. Audie worked as an oil rigger on the off shore oil rigs in California, a job he loved very much. Audie had a huge passion for the ocean. He enjoyed riding his bike, War Pony, listening to the oldies but goodies and living his life to the fullest. Audie’s final wish was to return home to Montana and the Rocky Boy Reservation to live out his final days. He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Edward, Wayne and Robert. Audie is survived by his two sons: Audie Murphy Jr, stationed in Iraq with the. U.S., and Robert Murphy of Rocky Boy, Mont.; one grandchild, Brianna Murphy; his sisters: Roxanna (Robin) Doney of Rocky Boy, Mont., Roberta (Jason) Smith of Haysville, Kan., Rowena McDowell of Rocky Boy, Mont., and Mary (Hunter) Burns of Rocky Boy, Mont.; brothers: Joseph (Lucy) Murphy of Grants, N.M., and Ronald (Marcia) McDowell of Rocky Boy, Mont.; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and life-long friends.