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WHS Alumni Spotlight: Steve Murphy, Class of 1969

Posted on: November 18, 2021

Our WHS Alumni Spotlight is a posthumous one today for someone that holds a special place in the heart of this District and in this community - Steve Murphy, Class of 1969.


While in high school Steve participated in football, wrestling, and FFA. He often talked about how proud he was to have helped build and grow the FFA Chapter at WHS. Steve was happy about the success of the FFA program over the years and proud that he was the very first president.


After graduation, Steve attended The Ohio State University. He graduated  in 1973 and returned to Wilmington to marry his wife Patti in 1977.  Steve was a lifelong farmer and resident of Wilmington. He and Patti raised four children - Marci, Melanie, Nicholas, and William. He was the owner and operator of a 3500 acre grain and livestock farm which he spent his life building and growing alongside his father, brother, and two sons. His pride and joy were his 12 grandchildren. He rarely missed an athletic event or activity of his children or grandchildren and was their biggest supporter!


Steve was a huge supporter of Hurricane athletics and an avid sports fan. On many Friday nights he could be found on the sidelines at Alumni field as a member of the "chain gang". This was one of his favorite pastimes that he spent 45 years doing. Additionally, the Buckeyes always held a special place in his heart. His hobbies included attending many OSU football and basketball games over the years. Steve was also an avid supporter of 4-H and greatly enjoyed attending the fair each year. He enjoyed supporting and watching the livestock shows.


His daughter, Marci Huelskamp (WCS teacher) shared that her dad believed that you should always put your family first! He felt that you should develop a strong work ethic, but take time to enjoy life with your friends and family, make time to travel and explore new places, and find those great restaurants to try out. Marci said that her Dad felt you should always give back to and serve your community. Steve certainly did just that in his lifetime and we were honored to have him serve on the Wilmington City School District Board of Education for 18 years until his death in 2020. Steve often shared that the most challenging yet rewarding times on the board were helping WCS through the tough times when DHL left town. He was highly respected by his fellow Board Members and by everyone at WCS who had the privilege of working with him.  He was honored by the Ohio Schools Boards Association for his service.


Steve passed away on August 14, 2020 at the age of 68. Steve was highly respected by his fellow Board Members and by everyone at WCS who had the privilege of working with him. He truly loved the people of this community and is missed by everyone who knew him.


To his family, we thank you for sharing Steve with us and with the community he loved.