OLD TOWN – Ronald B. Murphy Jr., 77, died Aug. 30, 2005 at his son’s residence in Greenfield, after a battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 8, 1927, in Lincoln, the son of Ronald B. and Lottie V. (Faulkner) Murphy. As a teenager, Ronald worked in the woods beside his father. Ron was one of 17 children. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Army. Ron was hardworking and worked in the woods, as a construction laborer, and various other jobs while raising four children as a single parent. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He enjoyed playing Beano and talking or joking with people. He is survived by four children, Ronald Murphy III and his wife, Leslie, of Greenfield, Linda Moore and her husband, Brian, of Lincoln, Thomas Murphy of Hudson, and Stephen Murphy of Orono; nine grandchildren, Krisy, Ronald IV, Matthew, Jessica, Thomas Jr., Sarah, Michael, Chantle, and Stephen Jr.; seven great-grandchildren, Kevin, Brandon, Colby, Chandler, Chelsea, Chantle, and Alleyah; brothers and sisters, Charles Murphy of Enfield, Gerald Murphy of Yarmouth, Francis Murphy of Brewer, Stanley Murphy of New York, Charlotte Murphy McPheters of Old Town, Esther Murphy Davis of Old Town, Mildred Murphy Savage of Lincoln, Ruth Murphy Reynolds of Passadumkeag, and Mariam Murphy Gilman of Enfield; two special friends, Lucy Burgin and Alice Chesley. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Francis Murphy, his second wife, Rose Clark Murphy; infant son, Thomas Murphy, brothers and sisters Floyd Murphy, Vernon Murphy, Dorothy Murphy, Alma Murphy, Beatrice Murphy, Evelyn Murphy Tourtilloute and Loretta Murphy. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where a funeral service will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be at Olamon Cemetery.