Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not just a funeral home. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
"The William Murphy Funeral Home, Inc. has been independently owned and operated since 1885. My great grandfather, William Andrew Hartzel, began his career in Zelienople with his father-in-law, Edwin Zehner, who was the owner of the Zehner Undertaking and Furniture Company. He moved to Rochester in 1885 and began his own business under the name of Hartzel Brothers Furniture and Undertaking Company. In 1918, my Grandfather, Frederick C. Murphy, who had married Amy O. Hartzel, joined the business. Their son and my father, William A.H. Murphy, joined the businesses in 1938 and I, William F. (Rick) Murphy in 1970. My son, Brian C. Murphy, is a licensed funeral director (having joined the firm in 2015). Brian is the 5th generation of our family owned funeral business. Through the years, and through 5 generations, my family has perpetuated the business with the same service-oriented philosophy."
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
William F. Murphy
Funeral Director and Supervisor/President
As a 4th generation funeral director, William F. Murphy (Rick) has been involved in funeral service his entire adult life. He graduated from Rochester Area School District in 1966. He joined the family business after graduating from Wittenberg University in 1970 and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1972 after graduating from PIMS.
Rick is the loving father of three children: Brian C. Murphy, FD; Amy E. Murphy; and Tiffany Milne. And they have blessed him with five incredible grandchildren: Parker, Ella, Amara, Gino, and Maria.
Rick is a current member, past King Lion, and Melvin C. Jones Fellowship Recipient of the Rochester-Beaver Lions Club. He’s a life member of the Beaver Area Jaycees; Member & Past President of the Rochester High School Alumni Board; Member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce; Former Member & Past Chairman of Rochester T.A.C.; Member of the Rochester F&AM Blue Lodge 229; and a member of the Beaver-Lawrence County Funeral Directors Association. Rick is also a charter member of the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Beaver County.
He’s been a lifelong member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rochester where he has been a choir member since High School.
Rick is also a retired volunteer fire fighter & former Assistant Chief with the Rochester Twp. Station 23 where he served for 25 years.
And he also has managed to find time to earn a brown belt in Poekoelan Style of Martial Arts.
Brian C Murphy
Brian C. Murphy graduate of Beaver County Community College with an Associate's Degree and graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Brian has a PIMS-Specialized Technology Degree, Funeral Service Arts and Science Degree and Specialized Business Degree in Funeral Service Management.
Secretary and Historian
Frank St John
Maintenance and Computer Engineer