MARVIN EUGENE PURDY
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