Stephen Murdock honored for 40 years of service

Stephanie IvankovichEditorsivankovich@theperrychief.com
Stephen Murdock honored for 40 years of service

A local funeral director was honored at a state convention.

Stephen W. Murdock, director of Murdock Funeral Home, 1420 Warford St., was honored for 40 years of service at the 136th Annual Iowa Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) Convention on May 17 at Prairie Meadows in Des Moines.

“It was very nice (to receive the honor),” Murdock told the Perry Chief. “My grandson was with me. He got to walk up there with me. We both got a pin, a very nice one, with a ruby in it. It was fun that he was there.”

Murdock said he has helped a lot of people during his 40 years of service.

“That’s the number one thing, helping when the times are not the best,” Murdock said. “That’s the biggest thing, helping when times are hard.”

According to an IFDA news release, Murdock was one of 18 funeral directors in Iowa to receive this recognition.

Mudock began working in the industry in his hometown of Lone Tree. He decided to attend mortuary school and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1975. He worked for Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines before moving to Perry to raise his family. He and his wife, Joyce, purchased Timeon Funeral Home in 1978. They merged with Fouch Funeral Home, a few years later and in 1990 became full owners of what now is Murdock Funeral Home.

This year’s Annual IFDA Convention featured highly regarded local and national funeral service speakers who presented current information on bereavement education, business and management practices, regulatory updates, technical skills and training and additional topics related to the funeral service profession. The Annual IFDA Convention provides funeral directors with a forum to receive and exchange information so they may return home with new ideas that will allow them to better serve the families in their communities.