Ivo ‘Murphy’ Rafferty, 76

Published 6:21 pm Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ivo Rafferty, 76
May 16, 1935 — Jan. 7, 2012

Ivo “Murphy” Rafferty, 76, of Cassopolis, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.

Ivo Rafferty

He was born May 16, 1935, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Ernest and Margaret (Stoops) Rafferty. He married his Diamond Lake sweetheart, Jannette Karnafel, on July 4, 1962, in South Bend, Ind.
Murphy was a cross-country runner at Mishawka High School when it took several state championships. He purchased his Diamond Lake home at 18 years old. He was an avid boater and water sportsman, and enjoyed his boat, “Restless.”
He served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a loss prevention specialist with Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company, Indianapolis; at Roy H. Liskey, Inc. as an independent insurance agent, St. Joseph; and S & R Jewelers, Cassopolis, as a courier. He owned and operated two Shell gas stations — one in Mishawaka and one in Osceola.
Murphy is survived by his wife, Jannette Rafferty of Cassopolis; two daughters, Kimberly (Duane) Felton of St. Joseph and Karly (John, Jr.) Hayman, Cassopolis; four grandchildren, Darrien Hayman and John Hayman III and Samuel Felton and Charles Felton; two sisters, Ardith Eby of Osceola, Ind., and Naomi Casasanta of Lafayette, Ind; and one brother, Florn (Marietta) Rafferty of Rensselaer, Ind.
Family and friends gathered Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway St., Cassopolis, with Rosary at 4:30 p.m.  A brief prayer service was held at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home Wednesday, Jan. 11, before the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Saint Ann Catholic Church, 313 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis.
Interment followed in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Cassopolis, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army and the combined Honor Guards of the William E. Lozier VFW Post 10704 and the Efton James American Legion Post 206, Cassopolis.
The family prefers memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 24832 U.S. Highway 12 East, Edwardsburg, MI 49112, or Hope Rescue Mission, 532 South Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel, Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Online condolences may be sent to wagnercares.com.