John William (Jack) Murdock, Jr., age 78, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2019, after a lengthy illness. Jack was raised by his mother, Helen S. Murdock in Thornville. He attended the University of Cincinnati before beginning his career at Western Electric (Lucent Technologies/AT&T). He took early retirement after 38 years, giving him time to sharpen his consummate skills in tackling DYI projects at home and working part time outside of the home. After retirement, he fell in love with traveling both in this country and abroad, and he learned to appreciate a good single malt scotch. Jack always welcomed everyone with open arms, a big smile, and an infectious laugh. He was a man of traditions and celebrations and passed this on to his children and grandchildren.
Jack is preceded in death by his youngest son, Kevin; his brother- in- law and wife, Greg and Debbie Harrison; and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Julia (Judy) Harrison Murdock; children, Laura (Jim) Lindsey, Brad (Jennifer) Murdock, and Megan (Todd Mathurin) Murdock; his grandchildren who \ gave him great joy, Riley, Darby, and Owen Murdock, Jackson Lindsey, and Taylor and Lexi Mathurin; great-grandson, Logan Mathurin; sister- in-law, Susan (Roger) Miller; and nieces and their families. Throughout his illness, Jack never lost his love of life, travel, sports, family, and friends. We ask that you join us for a celebration of his life on Saturday October 12th from 4-7 pm at the Buckeye Bourbon House, 36 E. Gay Street in downtown Columbus, to toast Jack’s incredible life.