William Marion Murfield, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the White Healthcare Center.
There will be a celebration of life service in the summer time in White.
He was born July 20, 1942 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Delmar Murfield and Marian Murphy Murfield. The family lived in Sioux City until 1947 when they moved to a farm southwest of White.
Bill attended grade school in Afton Township No. 15.
He graduated from White High School in 1960.
After graduation he attended General Beadle College in Madison and received a degree in education.
He taught school for 10 years in various states before joining the Army in 1975.
He enjoyed his military experiences, reaching the rank sergeant major. He served 23 years, 12 in Germany, retiring in 1997.
He worked for two years in Germany before returning to the U.S., where he worked for the government at Umatilla Chemical Dept in Hermiston, Ore.
He retired in 2010 and moved to South Dakota.
Bill suffered a stroke in October, after a stay in the Veterans Hospital he was admitted to the White Healthcare Center.
He served as a Cub Scout leader while living in Washington. He was a member of the American Legion, Sioux Falls and the VFW Post 628 in Sioux Falls.
He is survived by his wife, Jill, of McAlester, Okla.; his children Jolene (John) Pelzel of McAlester, Okla., Jacquie (David) Pitts of Fall River, Mass., and Jay (Courtney) Murfield of Avon Park, Fla.; sister, Beth Flanagan of Walla Wall Wash., Alice Jo (Marlyn) Rennich of White, and Lousetta Ogren of Sioux Falls; brothers, Douglas (Ann) Murfield of Watertown and Keith (Kim) Murfield of Chandler, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, James Flanagan.