Marvin Purdy

Born: Sun., Nov. 16, 1930
Died: Tue., Apr. 25, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., May 06, 2017
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Sun., May 07, 2017
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

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   Marvin E. Purdy, 86, of Quincy, died Tuesday (April 25, 2017) in the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

   Born November 16, 1930 in Quincy, Marvin was the son of W. J. Bryan and Violet Losey Purdy.  He was married to JoAnn Leenerts and to that union was born their son, Jeffrey.

   Mr. Purdy served his country in the U. S. Airforce during the Korean War.  He was a member and Past Commander of the Quincy American Legion Post 37 and was a Past District Commander for the American Legion. He was also a member of the Quincy American Legion Post #37 Quincy "Flying Dutchman" SAL National Champion Drum and Bugle Corps and was later manager for the Quincy American Legion Post #37 "Quincy Trojans" Drum and Bugle Corps

   Marvin was a member of Salem Church but attended First Union Congregational Church.   He was a member and Past Master of Bodley Masonic Lodge No. One, Quincy Consistory, Ansar Shrine Temple in Springfield, Quincy Shrine Club and the Ansar Shrine Belgian Hitch Club, Quincy Rotary Club, and Mart Heinen Booster Club. Marvin received the Certificate of Life Membership from the Salvation Army as a longtime member of the Advisory Council, driving the Salvation Army Canteen Truck serving disaster areas, serving on the finance committee, and a multitude of other functions as needed.

   A 1948 graduate of Quincy High School, Marvin earned his Bachelor's Degree in fire science and Master's Degree in management at Southern Illinois University.  He was a firefighter and crew chief for the Quincy Fire Department for 30 years until his retirement.  After retirement Marvin became the Adjutant at the Illinois Veterans Home serving under Superintendent Hap Northern until his retirement.

   Survivors include his son, Jeffrey Lee Purdy (E. Jane Purdy) of Elkview, West Virginia; two grandchildren, Tanner Bryan Purdy and Tucker Lee Purdy, two step grandchildren, Tyler Hershberger and Sarah Hershberger-Birone (Sam); one step great grandchild, Mick Salvatore Birone, many loving nieces and nephews; and his former wife, JoAnn Hawkins (David) of Quincy, IL.

      Mr. Purdy was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Purdy; and two sisters, Delores Hetzler and Wanda Roberts.

     Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon (May 7, 2017) at 1:30 pm in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Hetzler officiating.  Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Air Force Funeral Honors Detail will be in Quincy Memorial Park.

    Visitation will be Saturday evening (May 6, 2017) from 4:00 to 7:00 and Sunday afternoon from 1:00 until the time of services at the funeral home.  Bodley Masonic Lodge No. 1 will conduct Masonic Services at 7:00 pm Saturday at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to Salvation Army


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Shelly Salisbury
   Posted Fri April 28, 2017
Jeff and family-

So sorry for your loss. Marvin was a great guy and we had many good times at his house.

Theodore K. W. Purdy
   Posted Sat April 29, 2017
Not too many of us left marv, see you when I get there.As ever love ted.

Gary Beckman
   Posted Sun April 30, 2017
I have known Marvin for 30 years. Over the years I have taken many a Ski Trip and float trips with Marvin. Marvin was always the life of the party fun to be around. The only problem that Marvin had was that he snored too loud, just ask some of the old time members of the Quincy Ski Club. We will miss you Marvin. Jeff and family you have my condolences.

Gary & Kathy Beckman

Bob and Pam Morse
   Posted Sun April 30, 2017
See you Sunday,65 years of many fond memories,Love to the family

Brenda Park
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
To the family of Mr. Purdy, I didn't know Marvin personally nor have I ever met him. But I am a fellow Rotarian and that's a bond I value highly. I hear that Mr. Purdy was a fun & fabulous friend. And to me that means he was a good person and valued relationships. I send my condolences to the family.

Brenda Park

Neal Hemming
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
Jeff & family,
Sorry to hear of your loss. My uncle, Delbert "Buck" Doran, lived next door to you dad for years and thought of him as a son. He did so much for him when he was still living next door and was so good to check on him after going into the Vet's Home. Your dad many trips to Iowa City taking him for doctors appointment and trips to Minnesota. Without your dad he would never been able to stay in his home as long as he did. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Dick & Pat Wentura
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
Dear Purdy Family,
Condolences to you and remembering a good man who served his country and his community.
Marvin will by missed.
Dick & Pat Wentura
Quincy, IL

Robert Meyer
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
Sorry for your loss. One of many Dede Meyer family and a cousin. Rest In Peace Marvin.

Nova Dopheide
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Your dad loved people and it was so obvious to those who knew him. His favorite saying I remember was"let go and let God"

Pam Faler ( Purdy )
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
Jeff, so sorry to hear that your dad passed. I was out of town when I heard, my dad was John J. Purdy, and was close to your dad for many many years. When my uncle ted would come to town we would all get together as often as possible. He was a very sweet guy, full of love for his family. Love, Pam & Mel

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