Louis Murtha

Louis Murtha


June 1, 1963 - January 27, 2023


Louis Murtha, 59, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023, in Mitchell. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Friday, February 3, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parkston. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Parkston. Visitation will be Thursday, February 2, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 6:30 PM.

Louis “Louie” James Murtha was born June 1, 1963, to William and Betty (Stoebner) Murtha in Parkston, SD. He attended and graduated from Parkston High School. Louie traveled all over the US working road construction, retiring after 30 years. Then taking another construction job with Davison County SD to be close to home, spending more time helping his dad on the farm and taking care of his family.

Louie was united in marriage on November 5, 1994, to Alice Rose Klein at the Parkston United Church of Christ. Together, the couple resided in Mitchell.

Louie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a 3rd degree Knight. He was also a member of the Ethan American Legion.

Louie was a man that had a huge heart and shared his wisdom and time with anyone who was in need of anything. Louie took great pride in his son, Bradley, and his grandchildren. His special place was spending time with his dad on the farm and helping his dad with all that needed to be done to provide love and support for his family. Also being able to have his son & grandson there with him.

Grateful to have shared his life are his wife, Alice; son, Bradley (Jessica Spencer) Murtha of Ocala, FL; grandchildren, Chasity Murtha, Elijah Murtha, James Murtha, and Taylyn Farabee; sisters, Mary Murtha of Parkston, and Jean (Myron) Schmidt of St. Helena, NE; brothers, Lee (Pam) Murtha of Bridgewater, Kevin (Becky) Murtha of Dimock, Kerry (Marcia) Murtha of Parkston, Lynn (Lisa) Murtha of Emery, Glenn (Dee Dee) Murtha of Mitchell, David Murtha of Sturgis, and Lyle Murtha of Casper, WY; brothers-in-law, Ralph (Brenda) Klein Jr., Larry (Peggy) Yates, and Frank (Sandi) Yates; sister-in-law, Jean Watkins; 31 nieces and nephews; and 51 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joel Murtha; sister, Kathleen Friederich; nephew, Brandon Murtha; grandparents, Ed and Josephine Murtha and Otto and Emma Stoebner; father and mother-in-law, Ralph Sr. and Lucille Klein; sister-in-law, Bettina Napier; and several aunts and uncles.


Thursday, February 2, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, February 3, 2023
10:30 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
411 W Main St.
Parkston, SD 57366


Sacred Heart Cemetery
Parkston, SD

Posted by Roxy Miller on May 28, 2023
I just learned of Louie’s passing and I am so sorry for your loss. I think about him and smile when I think of how he had a tough exterior but inside he had such a huge soft heart. When I worked with him at DSI he was good at challenging me and I feel like he helped me become a better employee. Louie, you left too soon for sure, I will see you in Heaven my friend.
Thinking of you Alice……
Posted by Amanda and Chasity on February 3, 2023
We are so deeply saddened hearing about the passing of Louie, we wish you all the love and sympathy during such a heartbreaking time.
Posted by Betty Denham on February 3, 2023
Rest in peace my friend.i will miss you so much.you left a hole in my heart.but I know you are in God's hands .the best friend and man I have ever known love you louie❤❤❤
Posted by Barry Wagner on February 2, 2023
Louie the great... you left a great MARK
Posted by Diane Bledsoe on February 2, 2023
You will be greatly missed Louie I'm glad I got to spend time with you and stuff but you rest in peace buddy no more pain
Posted by Duff Parker on February 1, 2023
Alice, Bradley and all the Murtha family I am so sad to hear of Louie passing. Him and I were brothers from different mothers. What one of us didn’t think of the other did so it was always the best of times when we would meet up on a job. We touched base about 8 months ago and it was like old times laughing on the phone. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. RIP my friend.
Posted by Steve and marge Sievers on February 1, 2023
Our deepest sympathy to you and your families 👪
Posted by Alice Mentele on February 1, 2023
Alice and the entire Murtha family, I have so many wonderful memories of growing up neighbors on the farm, going to the same church and school, and both families having large families. I remember babysitting the Murtha kids, and picking pears from the trees in your yard. Louie is now in his eternal home with those who went before him. He will be missed by so many,
Posted by Carrie Ackerman on February 1, 2023
Dave and Murtha Family - my deepest condolences on the loss of Louis. My heart goes out to all of you at this sad time.
Posted by Ernie & Deb Hohn on January 31, 2023
Our sincere sympathies to Louie’s family.
Posted by Patti Chouinard on January 31, 2023
Was so shocked to hear we had lost another really good man. He was his ‘Own Person’ - like it not he was upfront with his beliefs & views & he shared them with you. He loved to tease but he was always respectful & ready to laugh. I’m sure Heaven is adjusting to having this powerful personality looking things over & ‘maybe’ making a few minor changes so things run a little smoother. A true friend always ready to give a helping hand & words of encouragement. Thank you, Louie, for the friendship & the many great memories.. RIP
Posted by Aaron Teresa and Bailey Berndt on January 31, 2023
Condolences to you, Alice, and the entire Murtha family. Louie was one of a kind, and he will be missed by many. Prayers to all for the days ahead without him.
Posted by LeeAnn Hicks on January 31, 2023
So sorry Alice! Taken way to soon. He will be missed by many! Prayers to you all.
Posted by Joanne Almond on January 31, 2023
Prayers were for you even if I mixed you up with Kerry. You know that’s how I roll. Love you Cuz.
Posted by Roger Paul on January 31, 2023
My sympathy to you Alice Luie was great to work with for many years ,even thou I havent seen or talked to him for a while I will miss him
Posted by Larry and Kellie Snedeker on January 31, 2023
Louis was a great guy that would help everyone!
Rest in peace you will be missed.
Posted by Tim and Louise Kahler on January 30, 2023
Oh Louie, you have left this world way to soon. We've had a lot of fun over the years, so many great memories are flooding back to us. Alice, our sympathies to you, your world has turned upside down. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family 🙏🙏🙏 🙏🙏❣️❣️
Posted by Scott Carey on January 30, 2023
My sympathy to the Murtha family. Louie was a great guy.
Posted by Brenda Fergen on January 30, 2023
I was so sad to hear that Louis passed. I haven't seen him in years, but I remember that he always had a smile on his face in high school. My sympathy to his family.
Posted by Deb (Werning) Bormann on January 30, 2023
My deepest sympathy to the Murtha family.
Posted by Mary & Doug Haag on January 30, 2023
Our sincere sympathies. We always enjoyed visiting with him!
Posted by Mark Ritter on January 29, 2023
I am so sorry to hear of Louis passing. My condolences to the Martha family.
Posted by Dan and Connie Neugebauer on January 29, 2023
Such sad news. Our deepest condolences to Alice and they family. Louie always had a smile for anyone. Rest in peace..
Posted by Dave & Corinne Weber on January 29, 2023
Our Deepest Sympathy! Rest In Peace Louie!
Posted by Tammy Frost on January 29, 2023
Louie when we were kids you were like part of our family (Schmidt’s). You were always so kind and thoughtful to us. You had a smile that I will never forget. Rest in peace my friend and heaven gained a great man in you! Alice, you are in our prayers and may the memories you have of Louie bring comfort to you.
Posted by Brenda & Dave Bechen on January 29, 2023
Prayers of sympathy! We will miss seeing Louis around town! He always had time to stop and say hello! Alice you are in our thoughts and prayers! Let us know if you need anything!
Posted by Aunt Carol Naatz on January 29, 2023
My heart goes out to the Murtha family for this recent loss.
Posted by Dennis and Roberta Polreis on January 28, 2023
Alice, you have our deepest sympathy. Louie will be missed.
Posted by Diane Murtha on January 28, 2023
My heart breaks for you all. Louie left us way too soon, rest in peace
Posted by Glenn murtha on January 28, 2023
Louie you left us to soon rest in peace brother miss you so much
Posted by Cindy Schoenfelder on January 28, 2023
Louie you are already missed. Rest in peace Louie 🙏🙏🙏
Posted by Jessica Glover on January 28, 2023
So sorry Alice...Louie will be missed so much
Posted by Randy and Jo Friederich on January 28, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Alice you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers
Posted by Ralph & Brenda on January 28, 2023
We are heartbroken. We love you Alice
Posted by Cindy fuerst on January 27, 2023
My deepest sympathy to you all.He’ll be very missed
Posted by Charolette Peterson on January 27, 2023
So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my Prayers.
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