In Memory of Jesse Murphy

Gathering of Family and Friends

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday July 1, 2021
O'Connell Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

Graveside Service

3:45 pm
Thursday July 1, 2021
St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery

Prescott WI, 54021

Sharing of memories and prayers

2:00 pm
Thursday July 1, 2021
O'Connell Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

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Jesse Laurence Murphy, age 43 of Minneapolis, MN, formerly of River Falls, WI, passed away unexpectedly June 25, 2021 in Hastings, MN.  Jesse was born June 15, 1978 in Hastings, MN to Laurence and Kristie (Kittleson) Murphy.  He graduated from River Falls High School, with the Class of 1996. Jesse worked in the construction industry as a journeyman for the Iron Workers Union Local 512, where he established a great brotherhood with other members. He had the honor of making several contributions erecting countless structures throughout Minneapolis, notably U.S. Bank Stadium renovation.

Jesse loved living in Minneapolis and especially enjoyed in his time walking around Bde Maka Ska and nearby parks, reflecting on God’s splendor around him.  He was a talented photographer and loved capturing the beauty of nature and wildlife.  Techy, Jesse was always intrigued with the latest in technology, an avid youtuber, and gifted in digital photo editing and restoration.  Jesse was active and took great interest in his health and fitness.  He enjoyed watching the Classic Pro Wrestling and was a devoted Minnesota Vikings fan.  Jesse had a way of capturing people’s hearts with his warm smile and gentle kindness.

Jesse will remain in the hearts of his mother, Kris Kittleson; father, Laurence Murphy; brother, Brett Murphy; step grandmother, Barbara Kittleson; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bernard “Sam” and Dorothy Kittleson; paternal grandparents, William and Margaret “Peg” Murphy; cousin, Nicole Kittleson; and aunts Maureen (Murphy) Johnson, and Kathy (Murphy) Schommer.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held 1:00 – 3:00 PM Thursday, July 1, 2021 at O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 225 S 3rd St., River Falls, WI. Sharing of memories and prayers will take place at 2:00 pm.  A graveside service will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prescott, WI.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls (715) 425-5644.

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  • Wishing Jesse’s family peace and comfort. You could always be counted on for a laugh, funny face or smart remark in school. I think some of the smart remarks were when you and couple of the others got going in class and fed off of one another, but you always seemed the gentle soul. A quiet observer. Prayers that you have found peace and that your family can in days ahead.

  • Dearest Jesse, I will miss you so much. I know not what to say other than you are loved. Until we meet again remember the moon is your friend, let it shine on you.

  • Jesse, you kind soul. I wish just beyond we could have connected one last time. May you be surrounded in love.

  • Sweet Jesse, words can not express how painful this is. I would much rather have you next to me telling me about a bible story or talking about family history. I will miss you so much, until we meet again.