John C. Murphy


John C. Murphy, 90, passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, 2021. John was born on June 19, 1930, to George Selberg and Agda Selberg (Onger) in Hoquiam Washington. Several years later his brother Alan Selberg was born. John and his family lived in Hoquiam where he graduated in 1949. He lettered in football, basketball and with his deep baritone voice he lettered in choir. His love for sports continued on throughout his life.

After graduation John went to work at Grays Harbor Paper where he became a supervisor. He was well liked by those he worked with and known as a good supervisor. After a full career he proudly retired from GH Paper.

In 1951, John married Lila Asikanian from Aberdeen. They had son, Mike followed by a daughter Laurie. John was a coach for many of his son Mike’s Little League teams and was always there for any sport his son participated in. Sadly he lost his wife Lila too early from cancer.

After Lila passed away, he married Karen Dracobly. They moved to Lake Nahwatzel. It was John’s dream to live on a lake, where he could wake up to a beautiful sunrise and go fishing whenever he wanted. John enjoyed fishing, clam digging and berry picking. He loved his pheasant hunting trips and until later in life he always had a springer spaniel he was training to help in the hunt. He took pride in feeding the pheasant to his family.

John is survived by his son Mike (Amy) of Aberdeen; his grandchildren Jamie (Kristin) Murphy of Littlerock, Washington, Katy (Michael) Moore of Elma and Molly (Ethan) Cady of Aberdeen; great-grandchildren: Luke and Evan Murphy, Madison and Cobey Moore, and Ellie and Cooper Cady; step children Jason Dracobly, Lisa Newmark and Stephen Dracobly.

John is preceded in death by his parents, George and Agda Selberg, brother Alan Selberg, wife Lila, sister Laurie and wife Karen. There will be no service due to Covid 19.