Outman Genealogy logo Sign Guestbook | View Guestbook
Site Map | Contact us
Outman Genealogy motto
Open the Home file Open the Research file Obituary file Open the Photo file Open the Documents file Open the 'Outmans at War' file Open the Help file
Folder tabs
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
Obituaries for Outmans and other relatives
Outman obituaries
Select a first initial:

Newspaper obits



Memorial Service for
Beverly Outman Packer

A Memorial Service for Beverly Outman Packer will be held at St. John's Episcopal church, Westfield, Saturday July 16 at 11 a.m. Father William Harris of Emporium will conduct the service. Friends, relatives and all are invited to attend.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Edwin H. Palys

MILLS, PA. -- Edwin H. Palys, 63, of Mills, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002 at home.

He had been employed as a stationary engineer at Erie County Community College, North Campus in Amherst, for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene J. Outman Palys; four sons, Pete Andruchowsky Palys of Summerville, S.C., Gregory Andruchowsky Palys of Las Vegas, Nev., Joseph Palys of Stafford, Va., and Kevin Palys of Palmetoe, Fla.; a daughter, Lauri Gardner of Mills; a brother, Tom Palys of Philadelphia; a sister, Diane Haudricourt of Buffalo, N.Y.

Services will be private at the family residence, the Rev. Duane Burdick officiating. Arrangements are by the Benjamin R. Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Mrs. Faye Parker
Dies, Services
Will Be Sunday

Mrs. Fay O. Parker, a resident of Dallas, Tex. died Thursday after a lengthy illness.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Riverview Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Gray officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of the Mulhearn Funeral Home of Monroe.

Mrs. Parker was a former long-time resident of Monroe and the widow of the late Jack M. Parker. She was a native of DeSoto, Mo., and a member of the Presbyterian church.

Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Donald B. Caldwell of Monroe; Mrs. Harry C. Wagner of Tucson, Ariz.; Mrs. John L. Ferguson of Springfield, Mo.; Mrs. Thomas O. Weldon of Arlington, Tex.; Mrs. Carrol Nance of Dallas, Tex. and Mrs. John C. Miller of Irving, Tex., an aunt, Mrs. John Young of Monroe, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family request any memorials to be made to the research of leukemia, The Fred Granger Fund, Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Tex.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

J. M. Parker

Memorial services for Jack Madison Parker, 58, of Dallas, Tex., will be held at 11 a.m. today at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Monroe with Dr. Wayne W. Gray officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.

Mr. Parker, a native of Monroe, died in Dallas Sunday after a short illness.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Jack M. Parker of Dallas, six daughters, Mrs. H. J. Wagner of Okinawa, Mrs. D. B. Caldwell of Monroe, Mrs. John Lynn Ferguson of Springfield, Mo., and Mrs. T. O. Weldon, Mrs. Carol Nancy and Miss Susan Parker, all of Dallas; his mother, Mrs. Tina Parker of Monroe; a sister, Mrs. George Tidwell of Baton Rouge; 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a niece.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Almond -- Gordon L. Payne, 86, of 1196 McHenry Valley Road, entered into rest Monday (Oct. 30, 1995) at his home.

Born in the Town of Jasper on March 2, 1909, he was the son of David and Althea Bush Payne.

He was employed at the Sinclair Refining Company of Wellsville for more than 20 years, then was a self-employed dairy farmer and retired from the New York State Agricultural & Technical School of Alfred.

He was married on May 22, 1931, to Loretta F. Metzler, who survives.

Also surviving are sons and daughters-in-law; David and Nancy Payne of Walworth and Norman and Gladys Payne of Folsom, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Paul Hyland and Judith and Gerald Perry, all of Andover; one brother, Gerald Payne of Woodhull; two sisters, Onolee Boscio of Hornell and Harriet Kilburn of Cogan Station, Pa.; 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

There will be no visitation.

Private funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the H. P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home in Woodhull, with the Rev. Kevin Butler officiating.

Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Troupsburg.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Glenn G. Peet, 73, of Westfield, RD, died Friday, Jan. 19, 1973 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorail Hospital, Wellsboro, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Knoxville, Pa., Nov. 8, 1899, the son of Charles and Edna Newbury Peet. Mr. Peet was a retired member of the Elmira, N.Y. Fire Department. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Westfield; member of the Elmira Consistory and a member of the Cowanesque Lodge 351 F & AM of Knoxville.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; three sons, Robert and Paul of Cocoa, Fla., James of Elmira; three daughters, Mrs. Carolyn Kaciemba, LaMirada, Calif.; Mrs. Phyllis Matejeck of Cocoa; Mrs. Joyce Troccia of Elmira; one brother Charles of Gillett, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Lenora Ferguson of Elmira; Mrs. Lucille Burton of Hawaii; thirty grandchildren; four great grandchildren.

Services were held at the Watkins Funeral Home, Westfield, Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Merle Cowher officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Marjorie H. Peet, 86, of R.D., Westfield, died April 18, 1988, at the home of her sister, Blanche G. Chappell of Westfield.

Born Dec. 29, 1901, in Westfield, she was the daghter of Ralph and Ada Townsend Outman.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Glenn, in 1973; a daughter, Phyllis Matejeck, in 1978; a son, Paul, in 1979; and a grandson, Lawrence Matejeck.

Surviving, besides her sister, are a daughter, Carolyn Kaciemba of Norwalk, Cal.; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Harold Troccia of Elmira, N.Y.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Barbara Peet of Westfield sand James and Eileen Peet of Elmira, N.Y.; 31 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Kenyon Funeral Home in Westfield today, Wednesday, April 20, from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held there Thursday, April 21, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Tim Morrison will officiate.

Burial will be made in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Westfield.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Paul D. Peet, 40, of Middlebury Center, Pa., died Thursday, Jan. 11, 1979 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, Pa.

He was born Sept. 16, 1938 in Elmira, N.Y., the son of Glenn and Marjorie Outman Peet.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; sons, Paul Jr., Lawrence Allen and David James, all at home, daughters; Tina Irene, Denise Lynn and Martha Sue, all at home; mother, Mrs. Marjorie Peet, R.D. Westfield; brothers, Robert Peet of Westfield and James Peet of Elmira, N.Y.; sisters, Mrs. Harold (Carolyn) Summers, Norwalk, Calif.; and Mrs. Harold (Joyce) Troccia of Elmira; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were at the Charles L. Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield, Friday. Funeral and committal services were there Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Ruff officiating. Burial was in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Robert G. Peet, 69, of 101 Riverside Manor, Westfield, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 1996 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.

He was born Nov. 26, 1926 in Elmira, N.Y., the son of Glenn and Marjorie Outman Peet.

He worked for many years as a cab driver in Elmira, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Navy in Asia during WW II.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Barbara; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert J. and Tonya Peet, Elkland, Timothy and JoAnne Peet, Perkisie, PA, Terry and Cathie Peet, Mt. Joy, PA; son Jeffery Peet, Westfield; daughter and son-in-law Lucinda and Robert Stevens, Williamsport; brother, James Peet, Elmira, N.Y.; sister, Joyce Troccia, Elmira, NY; eight grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends called at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield, on Monday 1 to 2 p.m., where funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Rev. Vane Gunn officiated. Burial will be in the Ackley Cemetery, Clymer Township, at the convenience of the family.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Mansfield -- Charles E. Pence, 76, retired production control engineer for the Hartman Electrical Mfg. Co., died early Sunday at his home, 596 Park Avenue West.

Mr. Pence was born in Nashville, Ill., Jan. 18, 1908 and was a 1929 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity. He came to Mansfield in 1946 from Akron, where he was an engineer for Goodyear Aircraft.

Mr. Pence was a member and former trustee of the First United Methodist Church, a member of Mansfield Lodge No. 35, F. & A.M., past patron of the Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the FISH ministry.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Backus Pence, with whom he recently celebrated his 51st wedding anniversary; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Suzanne) Hamlin of Tampa, Fla., and Mrs. George (Patricia) Neilaur of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Ivan of Lombard, Ill.; and Robert of Charleston, Ill.; one grandson; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted in the Finefrock Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Robert Baker, pastor of the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Mansfield Memorial Park. Friends may call in the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church.


In Monday's obituary for Charles E. Pence, 78, of 596 Park Avenue West, four granddaughters were omitted from the list of survivors.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


HARVARD -- Mrs. Ella H. Pence, 78, of Evergreen Park, long-time Harvard resident, died Wednesday night in Pontiac.

She was born April 12, 1885, in Nashville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Huegely.

On April 24, 1907, in St. Louis, Mo., she was married to R. Edgar Pence, who died Oct. 1, 1959.

Mrs. Pence was a member of the Harvard Methodist Church and a past matron of Harvard Eastern Star Lodge.

Survivors are three sons, Charles E., Mansfield, Ohio, Ivan E., Evergreen Park, and J. Robert, Charleston; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Finke, Brookline, Mass., and Mrs. Olive Mann, New Rochelle, N.Y.; and a brother, Homer Huegely of Ohio.

Friends may call in the Schutt, McFarlin and Saunders funeral home, where services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday by the Rev. Russell Koenig. Burial will be in Belvidere cemetery.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


The funeral for Miss Helen M. Pence, 77, Evenglow Lodge, who died Thursday night, will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Methodist Church with the Rev. Glenn Ioder officiating.

Burial will be in Belvidere Cemetery at Belvidere. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Behrendt Funeral Home.

Miss Pence was born June 10, 1891 at Nashville, Ill., a daughter of Robert and Frances Jeanetter (Meyer) Pence. She attended the University of Chicago and was an elementary teacher associated with Western Illinois University.

Three nephews survive. A brother preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Methodist Church.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Ivan Pence

Services for Ivan E. Pence, 83, of Chandler will be 2 p.m. Monday at Mesa Heritage Mortuary, 5650 E. Main St. He died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in Chandler. Mr. Pence, a retired electrical engineer, was born in Belvidere, Ill. Survivors include his daughter, Penny; sons George and Richard; 5 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 9034 N. 23rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Charleston -- J. Robert Pence, 73, of Charleston died at 7:33 p.m. Friday (March 12, 1993) in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Harper-Swickard Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

He was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Denver, Colo., a son of Robert and Ella Huegley Pence. He married Ruth Rennebohm in 1947; she survives.

Other survivors include four sons, Edward Pence of Charleston, William Pence of Ellicott City, MD., Michael Pence of Rochelle, Ill., and John Pence of Marietta, GA; one daughter, Carol Birch of Tijeras, NM; one brother, Ivan Pence of Glendale, Ariz. and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Pence was a music professor at Eastern Illinois University; he retired in 1977. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church of Charleston.

Memorials can be sent to Wesley United Methodist Church or the J. Robert Pence Scholarship Fund at Eastern Illinois University.


Charleston -- A memorial service for J. Robert Pence was held Thursday afternoon at the Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Terry Clark officiating.

The organist was Mrs. David Swickard. Also played were Welsh and English choral music, brass ensemble music and "Fanfare For The Common Man" by Aaron Copeland.

Mr. Pence, 73, of Charleston died March 12, 1993, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Source: The Belvidere Daily Republican Newspaper, Belvidere, Boone Co., IL, February 17, 1919 edition:


Died at Family Residence Late Saturday - Was For More Than Thirty Years Prominent in Educational Work - Masonic Funeral Tuesday

Robert Pence died on Saturday afternoon at his residence, 807 West Lincoln Avenue after an illness of about two weeks with a complication of ailments.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2:30 o'clock at the residence. Rev. Hiram F. Lawler, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. The Masons will have charge of the ceremonies.

Mr. Pence was born in Martinsville, Ill., July 8, 1849. For more than thirty years he was a teacher, for nine years superintendent of the schools at Nashville, Ill., and for twelve years county superintendent of schools of Washington county, Ill. He was prominent in Masonic circles in that locality.

He leaves the widow and two children, the son, Robert Edgar, who is building secretary of Y.M.C.A. No. 8 at Camp Grant and Miss Helen, a Belvidere school teacher.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Retired Harvard Businessman
Dies Thursday; Rites Sunday

Robert Edgar Pence, 74, a retired Harvard businessman and salesman for Starline Corp., died Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Pence passed away in the Harvard Community Hospital after a long illness. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Schutt-McFarlin-Saunders funeral home, the Rev. Commodore Chasteen of the First Methodist church officiating. Burial was in the Belvidere Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Ella; three sons, Charles E. of Mansfield, Ohio; Ivan E., Evergreen Park, Ill.; and J. Robert, Charleston, Ill.; a sister, Miss Helen M. Pence, Macomb, Ill.; and nine grandchildren.

R. Edgar Pence was born Aug. 3, 1885 at Nashville, Ill., the son of Robert and Frances Meyer Pence. He attended grade and high school at Nashville, and then joined his father in the nursery business, raising thousands of peach, apple and cherry trees.

After his marriage to Ella Huegely, April 24, 1907, he moved to Chicago where he was a bookkeeper for the Chicago office of the National Sewing Machine Co. He was later transferred to the Belvidere office.

During WWI he was YMCA secretary at Camp Grant in Rockford and later at Denver, Colo.

In September of 1920 he moved to Harvard and was employed by the Manley Motor Company, conducted a hardware business in partnership with the late Judd Hancock for about 10 years, then became a salesman for Starline where he was employed 23 years.

Mr. Pence was an active member of the First Methodist church, having taught Sunday school and singing and directing choirs. He was a Master Mason in the Harvard Lodge 309 AF & AM and also Past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star. He was made a Master Mason on July 18, 1918, in Belvidere and affiliated with the Harvard Lodge Dec. 7, 1920.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Mrs. Pence Burial
Service Tuesday

Graveside services for Mrs. Robert Pence, former local resident who died Saturday at Macomb, will be held Tuesday at 1 o'clock at Belvidere cemetery in the family burial plot with the Rev. H. T. Chenoweth, pastor of the First Methodist church officiating. Friends will gather in the chapel at the cemetery.

Mrs. Pence left Belvidere many years ago. Her husband died while she resided here. Surviving are a son, Edgar of Harvard and a daughter, Helen of Macomb, with whom she resided.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Evelyn Perkins


MARSEILLES — Evelyn A. Perkins, 95, of Marseilles, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at Pleasant View Luther Home, Ottawa. Her daughter, the late Ruth Robertson,was of Streator.

Funeral services were held Sunday at Seals-Campbell Funeral Home, Marseilles, the Rev. Dale Katcher officiating.

Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Marseilles. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Visitation was prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

Born Nov. 29, 1908, in Marseilles, she was the daughter of William and Alzoea (Brownrigg) Outman. She married William Perkins of Marseilles in 1930. He died in 1977.

Survivors include nieces, Henrietta Barber of Hillside and Virgene (Mrs. Don) Lockas of Marseilles.

Preceding her in death were a daughter, Ruth Robertson, and a nephew.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Ottawa.

Memorials may be directed to her church.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

William J. Perkins

MARSEILLES - William J. Perkins, 78, of Marseilles, died this morning in his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Seals-Campbell Chapel with the Rev. Oliver Parish of the Grace Baptist Church of Ottawa officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Perkins was born Sept. 16, 1898, in Marseilles, to Joseph and Sarah (Boyle) Perkins. He married Evelyn Outman in 1930. He was custodian for the Marseilles High School for 30 years prior to retirement in 1966.

He is survived by his wife and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, four sisters and one brother.

Memorials may be directed to the Grace Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Alta Pickering

Mrs. Alta M. Pickering, 79, of 1120 South Jefferson, died in Midland Hospital Center Thursday.

She was born Dec. 22, 1899, at Riverdale. She married I. Fred Pickering on March 21, 1917, in Missaukee County, coming to Midland in 1933 from Shepherd.

During World War II, she worked at the Saginaw Gun Plant. She worked as a partner with her husband in operating Pick's Standing Forest, selling Christmas trees for 39 years in Midland. He died April 9, 1962.

Mrs. Pickering was a member of the Wesleyan Church, Pinconning, where her son is the minister.

She leaves sons Rev. Leo F. Pickering of Pinconning and Oscar W. Pickering of Midland; a daughter, Mrs. Hilda W. LeBrun of Midland; brothers Alfred Outman of Wellston and William Outman of Lake City; sisters Mrs. Clarence Kregear of Merritt, Mrs. Otto Meyer of Houghton Lake and Mrs. Leo Apps of Lake City; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Wilson funeral home with the Rev. Clifford Dean officiating. Burial will be in Midland Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home anytime Saturday or Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to the building fund of the Pinconning Wesleyan Church.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Death Takes
Isaac F.

Isaac Fred Pickering, 75, of 1120 Jefferson, dies about 4:15 p.m. Monday in the Colonial Nursing Home, Bay City, where he had been a patient the last seven weeks.

Born Feb. 9, 1887 in Bellfontaine, O., he came to Lake City, Mich., in 1910 from Ohio. He was married at Lake City, March 28, 1917, to the former Miss Alta M. Outman, who survives him. The couple moved to Midland in October 1933.

Mr. Pickering worked in the machine shop at the Dow Chemical Company until he retired in June 1953. He sold Christmas trees, operating Pick's standing forest in Midland for 45 years. Mr. Pickering was a member of the First Pilgrim Holiness Church.

In addition to his widow, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Hilda) LeBrun of Bay County; two sons, Leo F. and Oscar W. Pickering, both of Midland; three brothers, Matt Pickering, Lakeview, O., Harold of Buffalo, N.Y., and Harry Pickering, Traverse City; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Wagner, Newport, N.Y., and Mrs. Stanley Beleske, Orange City, Fla., also 18 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the First Pilgrim Holiness Church, 1715 East Ashman, with the Rev. Ronald Diehl officiating. Burial will be in Midland Memorial Gardens cemetery.

Friends may call at the Wilson Funeral Home until 11 a.m. Thursday then at the church from 1 p.m. until time of services.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Rev. Leo F. Pickering

The Rev. Leo F. Pickering, 77, of Midland died late Monday evening, Sept. 30, 1996, at MidMichigan Regional Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 8, 1919, in Cadillac, son of the late Fred and Alta (Outman) Pickering. He attended Midland schools, graduating from Midland High in 1936 and then attended Butler University. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He married the former Betty Weiger on Dec. 21, 1946.

He was employed with The Dow Chemical Company for 32 years, retiring in 1974. He became an ordained minister in 1974, serving as pastor of the Wesleyan Church of Pinconning and later the Wesleyan Church of Fremont and since 1983 he was a general evangelist. The Rev. Pickering enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, baseball and football.

Surviving besides his wife, Betty, of 49 years, are his children, David Pickering of Midland, Marla and Van Bumgardner of Gastonia, N. C., Sharon Coulter of Phoenix, Ariz., Curtis and Resa Pickering of Emmeritts, Saudi Arabia, and Lynette Collins of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren, Heather, Heidi, Jason, Kristin and Theresa; four great-grandchildren, Alex, Jordan, Allison, and Caleb. The Rev. Pickering was pre-deceased by a brother, Oscar Pickering, and a sister, Hilda Labrun.

Funeral services for the Rev. Pickering will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 1996, from the Community Church of the Nazarene, 5700 N. Jefferson Ave. The Rev. Joe Edwards and the Rev. Scott Whitney of the Grace Wesleyan Church of North Carolina will officiate, with burial in Midland Cemetery. The Rev. Pickering's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., today from 6-8 p.m., Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday at the church from noon until time of service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Grace Wesleyan Church of North Carolina.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Oscar Pickering

Oscar W. Pickering Sr., 61, 1312 Lincoln, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1984, at Midland Hospital Center following a short illness.

He was born April 9, 1922, in Lake City, Mich. He attended Midland schools and graduated from Midland High School in 1940. He served with the U.S. Army from Dec. 29, 1942, until Dec. 28, 1945, serving in the Pacific Theater. He had attained the rank of Staff Sargeant and received a combat infantry badge, the Bronze Star. He had also served in the U.S. Army Reserves in Saginaw from 1945 until 1954.

Mr. Pickering was employed by the Dow Chemical Co. for 36 years in the chemical Analytical Lab, retiring Feb. 29, 1980. He was a member of and was serving as vice president of the Dow Retirees Local 12075. He was junior vice commander of the American Legion Berryhill Post No. 165. He married the former Donna Badgero Jan. 9, 1954, in Bay City. For 40 years Mr. Pickering had owned and operated Pick's Standing Forest, selling Christmas trees in Midland.

He leaves his wife, Donna; sons, Mark Pickering, Steve Pickering, Tim Pickering and Oscar Pickering Jr., all of Midland, and Fred Pickering stationed in West Germany with the U.S. Army; stepson, William Hawk of Midland; stepdaughter, Mrs. Ronald (Sandy) Eberlein of Angelton, Texas; brother, Leo Pickering of Midland; sister, Mrs. Helen Wilson of Auburn; and five grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ware-Smith-Woolever & Co. Funeral Home, with the Rev. Clifford Bean officiating. Burial will be in Midland Cemetery. Full military services will be conducted by the American Legion Berryhill Post No. 165.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. Memorials are suggested for the Pardee Cancer Treatment Committee.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Faye Ellen (Truax) Pinkston, 80

Faye Ellen (Truax) Pinkston, 80, of Noble, died at 4:55 a.m. Sunday, May 23, 2010, at Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford, Ind.

There will be no services. Cremation rites were accorded. Cresthaven Funeral Home and Memory Gardens in Bedford, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pinkston was born March 29, 1927, in Macomb County, New York, the daughter of Bert and Marion (Outman) Truax. She married Herbert M. Pinkston Jr. in 1977. He preceded her in death on July 21, 2008.

She was a nurse in New York and was a homemaker in Illinois.

Mrs. Pinkston is survived by two sons, Charles R. DeKovessey and his wife, Sanna, of Rockport, Ind., and Stephen L. DeKovessey and his fiancée, Cynthiana Miller, of Evansville, Ind.; one daughter, Judith A. Dixon, of Bedford, Ind.; four stepchildren, Herbert M. "Trooper" Pinkston and his wife, Kathy, of Carrollton, Texas, Rebel Pinkston and his wife, Elizabeth, of Carbondale, Reno Pinkston, of Warsaw, and Carina Piccinini and her husband, Mario of Chicago; and six grandchildren, Amber Dixon, Marcello and Sebatian Piccinini, Shane, Seth, and Heather Pinkston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Marion Truax, and husband, Herbert M. Pinkston Jr.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Pitts, Elaine -- Elaine R. Brewer Pitts, 70, of San Diego, died July 9, 2006. Elaine was born Dec. 17, 1935 in Clifton Springs. She is survived by her husband, Alfred E. Pitts; children, Debbie L. Schrader of Thousand Oaks, Larry E. Pitts of Sacramento and Loreen L. McDonald of San Diego; her mother Alice Brewer and brother William E. Brewer, both of Clifton Springs; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services are July 16, 2 p.m. in Riverview Cemetery, Clifton Springs.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Lyons -- Mrs. Genevieve G. Pitts, 52, of S. Phelps St., died yesterday in Newark-Wayne Community Hospital in Newark.

The funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Scott Funeral Home, Newark. Burial will be in Spring Lake Cemetery, South Butler.

Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow from 2-4 and from 7-9 p.m.

The former Genevieve Graham, she had lived in Newark at one time. She was born in South Butler and had worked for the Parker-Hennifin Co. in Lyons.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Gary Rood of Newark; two sons, Alfred E. with the Marines in Memphis, Tenn. and Walter E. of Sodus Point; seven grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Margaret VanDuyne of Newark; and three brothers, Claude Graham of Rose, Walter of Savannah and Paul of Batavia.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

PORTER, Raymond B.

Services will be conducted July 28 at Good Shephard United Methodist Church of the North, for Raymond B. Porter, 76 of Roscommon, formerly of Paulding, Michigan, who died July 17, 1994 at Hilltop Nursing Home after a long illness. Burial will be in Watersmeet Cemetery following services conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Christler and the Rev. Paul Scheiber. Mr. Porter was born on May 11, 1918 in Stanwood, MI, to John B. Porter and Ida May Christler. He had lived in Paulding most of his life, moving to Roscommon two years ago. He was a veteran of World War II serving under Patton. He was a member of the Good Shepard United Methodist Church of the North. Survivors include several cousins, including the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Christler of Houghton Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shephard United Methodist Church.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Donna Power

Donna Jean Power, 83, of Eau Claire died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at home surrounded by her family.

Donna was born March 15, 1925, to Rea P. and Florence (Kilbourne) Outman in Westfield, Pa.

Donna received a Master of Science degree at Penn State University. She founded The Bala House Montessori School in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and taught classes there. An avid hiker and camper, Donna was a wonderful mother to her five children and grandmother to her six grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her children, David (Karen) Power of Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Power of Santa Rosa, Calif., Gregory (Emily) Power of Eau Claire, Stephen (Gertie) Power of Bernardston, Mass., and Thomas Power of Denver; grandchildren, David, Esther, Brendan, Katherine, Steve and Clara; brother, Rea (Maryann) of Madison, Conn.; and cousin, Jean Holder of Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank J. Power; and sister, Beverly Packer.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Eugene Klink officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Source: "The Siskiyou News" newspaper, Yreka, California, Feb. 8, 1912 edition

PRESLEY -- At Hilt, February 2, James Alonzo Presley, a native of Ohio, aged 63 years 6 months. Interment in Hornbrook on February 4.

Father's Death Kill Daughter

J. A. Presley, aged 63 years, a lumberman living for the past four years at Hilt, dropped dead at the Hilt depot Friday night just as the evening train pulled in. An inquest by Coroner Davidson was held. The jury returned a verdict, giving heart disease as the cause of death.

Shortly after the death of Presley his son telegraphed his sisters in Oregon. City of their father's death. One of the sisters, Mrs. Betty Douglas, on learning of her father's death, dropped dead. Mrs. Douglas' husband is George Douglas, employed inthe box factory at Weed.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

PRESLEY - June 26, Earl James, late of 3616 N. Commercial; husband of Antonia; father of Earl L. Presley. Friends are invited to attend services Wednesday, 2 p.m. at the chapel of Hennessey, Goetsch & Mcgee, NW 17th and Davis. Private committal. Portland Memorial. Member of American Croatian Club. Please omit flowers.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Mrs. Lida Presley

HOQUIAM - Sept. 19 - (Special)

Mrs. Lida Presley, 64*, a resident of Hoquiam for 17 years, died early this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Betty Whittington, 922 Monroe Street. She was born in Michigan. Besides her daughter, she leaves a son, Earl and Grandson in Tacoma, a Granddaughter, Mrs. Goldie Roberts, Aberdeen; and a brother T. Outman, Michigan. Memorial services will be held at 3 o'clock, Monday afternoon from the Pinnick Chapel. The services will be under the auspices of the Christian Science Church.

* Her age should actually be 74.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Hazel I. Prost

Murphysboro -- Hazel I. Prost, 93, died at 4:12 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2002 in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Andrews Church, with Father Peter Hsu officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and until 9:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the hospital.

Mrs. Prost was secretary treasurer of District 186. She was a member of St. Andrews Church, St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the BPW.

She was born July 23, 1908 in Vergennes to Frank E. and Cora Belle (Graer) Doty. She married Wallace J. Prost on May 10, 1928 in Murphysboro. He died May 9, 1961.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Mary Prost and Patricia and James P. Loy, all of Murphysboro; one son, and daughter-in-law, Wallace and Patty Prost of Carbondale; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; and all her caregivers, including Sherry Kimsey.

Her parents, one grandson, Michael Loy and one daughter-in-law, Phyllis Prost, also preceded her in death.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Murphysboro School Unit Treasurer Dies

Wallace Joseph Prost, 57, an assistant cashier of the City National Bank in Murphysboro, died Tuesday in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital.

He had been ill about three years.

Mr. Prost was born in Perryville, Mo., in 1903. He had been an employee of the bank for 35 years.

Mr. Prost was also treasurer of Murphysboro Community Unit School District 186.

He was married in 1928 to the former Hazel Doty, who survives. He also leaves a son, Wallace of Murphysboro; daughters Miss Mary Prost and Mrs. Pat Loy, both of Murphysboro; four grandchildren; a brother, Floyd of East St. Louis; and sisters Mrs. Merle carter of Chicago, Mrs. Opal Williams of Murphysboro, and Mrs. Ann Curtis of South Bend, Ind.

Mr. Prost was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a 4th Degree member of the order. He was also a member of Murphysboro Eagles Aerie 670.

Friends may call at the Meyer-Denny Funeral Home in Murphysboro after 2 p. m. Thursday until services Friday at 9 a. m. at St. Andrew's Catholic Church. The Rev. Father J. J. Taggart will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited Thursday following 7:30 p. m. mass at St. Andrew's Church.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers friends make donations to St. Joseph Memorial Hospital.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


James Ellis Pulley, 89, Lee's Summit, died Jan. 24, 1995, at the Lee's Summit Hospital. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Floral Hills Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Newcomer's Floral Hills Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation. Mr. Pulley was born in Topeka and lived in Independence and Glendale, Calif., before he moved to Lee's Summit 16 years ago. He formerly worked for the Siegrist Engraving Co. for 30 years. He was a member of the Kansas City Art Club and the National Watercolor Art Association. His wife, Wilma M. Pulley, died in 1992. Survivors include a son, Robert J. Pulley, Excelsior Springs, a daughter, Patricia J. Pinson, Independence; two sisters, Virginia N. McConchie, Lee's Summit, and Mary Jane Smith, Sun City, Ariz.; two brothers, Ned R. Pulley, Sedalia, Mo., and Lawrence R. Pulley, Belton; five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Wilma Marie Pulley, 86, Lee's Summit, died June 22, 1992 at the Lee's Summit Hospital. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Floral Hills Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Newcomer's Floral Hills Chapel. Mrs. Pulley was born in Parker, Kan., and lived in this area before moving to Glendale, Calif., in the early 1950s. She returned to this area in 1978. Survivors include her husband, James E. Pulley of the home; a son, Robert J. Pulley, Excelsior Springs; a daughter, Patricia J. Pinson, Independence; five grandchildren; and a great grandson.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Mrs. Walter J. Purcey of 307 Hill St., departed this life on Wednesday afternoon, May 30 at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis following a very sudden illness. She became ill on Friday, May 25, was taken to the Bonne Terre Hospital early Sunday morning and then to St. Luke's Hopsital Monday afternoon.

Ann Florian Purcey, daughter of Barbara and Michael Toth Florian of 13 Summit St., was born in Bonne Terre on Nov. 11, 1918 (Armistice Day) and departed this life May 30, 1956 (Decoration Day) at the age of 37 years, 6 months and 19 days. In 1948, she was united in marriage to Walter Purcey at Columbus, Ga., and to this union, one daughter, Barbara Marie was born. In 1950, the Purceys moved their residence to Bonne Terre where shortly thereafter Mr. Purcey established Purcey's Radio and TV Clinic.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Barbara Marie, 6 years of age; her parents; two sisters, Mrs. Alfred (Betty) DiMeola, New Haven, Conn. and Mrs. Marie Hickman of Leadwood; several nieces and nephews, one of whom is Miss Nancy Lore of this city, her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Purcey, Bonne Terre, and also a host of relatives and friends.

The body will lay in state at Boyer-Benham Chapel from where services were conducted Saturday at 9 a.m. Interment was made in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery under direction of Boyer-Benham.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Mrs. Bertha Purcey, formerly of Bonne Terre, passed away February 22, 1969 at Sedalia, at the age of 88 years. She was born in Valles Mines, July 6, 1880 the daughter of the late Benjamin Buster and Ann Outman Buster.

On September 2, 1909, she was married to Walter Wallace Purcey who preceded her in death June 3, 1967.

Mrs. Purcey is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Hopkins of Sedalia and one son, Walter J. Purcey of Farmington; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters; Mrs. Alma Moss of St. Louis and Mrs. Margaret Iahn of Bonne Terre.

Chapel service was held on Tuesday, February 25, at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Willard Spencer officiated. Interment was in St. Francois Memorial Park, Bonne Terre, under the direction of C. Z. Boyer Funeral Home of Bonne Terre.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Walter James Purcey of Farmington died Dec. 19, 1984 at the Farmington Community Hospital at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 8 days. He was born June 11, 1910 in St. Louis, the son of the late Walter W. and Bertha May Buster Purcey.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Katherine Dillard Purcey of Farmington, six daughters; Mrs. Delores Houk, Potosi, Mrs. Shirley Williams and Mrs. Genelle Oschenbein, both of Brunswick, Ga., Mrs. Barbara Zirger, Plainfield, New Jersey, Mrs. Kay Peters of St. Louis and Mrs. Ann Toohey of Jefferson City and one son, Greg Vargo of Farmington, along with one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Hopkins of Sedalia, 14 grandchildren, one nephew and two nieces.

Mr. Purcey was the owner of Purcey's Radio & TV for over 25 years. He is widely known throughout the area as a former professional baseball player. He was an exceptionally outstanding left-handed pitcher and achieved success in the St. Louis Cardinal and Cincinnati Reds organizations. Among his contemporaries were Dizzy and Paul Dean and Leo Durocher.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Miller Chapel with Rev. Homer Smith officiating. Burial was in the Hillview Memorial Gardens under the direction of Miller Funeral Services of Farmington.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Walter Wallace Purcey, one of Bonne Terre's long time residents passed away Saturday morning, June 3, 1967 at the Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia, after an illness of five months. Mr. Purcey was 86 years old at the time of his death and had moved to Sedalia only a week ago to be with his wife, Bertha Purcey who moved there to be with a daughter, Mrs. William Hopkins, several weeks ago.

Walter W. Purcey, a prominent Bonne Terre businessman for 46 years was born in Saugatuck, Mich., May 28, 1881 and shortly after his birth he and his family moved to Freemont, Mich., where his father, Walter S. Purcey was in the leather business and had farming interests.

Purcey came to Missouri in 1904 to work at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, at the age of 23, to continue in the family tradition of five generations of leather production. The deceased worked for 10 years in a supervisory capacity with both the Brown and International Shoe Companys.

On September 2, 1909 he was married to Bertha Buster in St. Louis. The Purceys moved to Bonne Terre in 1914 where he opened a leather business including shoe, harness and other repairing operations. His stor eventually became a center in Bonne Terre for sporting goods equipment and bicycle sales. Through Mr. Purcey's interest in youngsters he became one of the pioneers of the Ozark baseball league and eventually became president of the league for 16 years.

Walter Purcey also distinguished himself in the leather industry by introducing innovations in mechanical improvements in shoe factories, many of them still in use today.

Mr. Purcey is survived by his wife Bertha, now residing at the Broadway Arms, in Sedalia, a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Hopkins of Sedalia and a son, Walter J. Purcey of Bonne Terre; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

His parents, one sister and two brothers preceded him in death.

Chapel services were held Monday at the Boyer Funeral Home in Bonne Terre at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Willard Spencer officiating. Interment was in the St. Francois Memorial Park.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Byron Purdy

Funeral services for Byron Robb Purdy, 70, of Victoria, who died at 1:45 p.m. Friday in a Victoria hospital following a short illness, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home.

The Rev. Donald Ruppert of Holy Family Catholic Church will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Resurrection Cemetery under the direction of McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home.

He was born Oct. 10, 1917, in Coulterville, Ill., son of the late Dwight E. and Mae Robb Purdy. He was a retired self-employed insurance salesman and a former member of the St. Joseph Father's Club and Kiwanis Club. He was a former resident of West Texas.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Tonner Purdy of Victoria; two sons, Robert Purdy and James Purdy, both of Victoria; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

PURDY - Clarence E. "Bub", age 85, Omaha. Preceded in death by wife Martha May (Marquis). Survived by daughter, Alice Englebretsen, Champagne Urbana, IL; daughter & son-in-law, Beth and Dennis Kaiser, Omaha; son & daughter-in-law, Mark and Susan Purdy, Napa, CA; grandchildren, Russell & Susan Englebretsen, Ryan & Douglas Kaiser.

Memorial Services Thursday, 11 a.m. Presbyterian Church of The Cross. Dr. Kirk A. Ryckman officiating. Private family burial will be next to his wife at the Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington, MO. Memorials are preferred to your favorite charity.

Crosby Burket Swanson- Golden
Colonial Chapel
11902 W. Center Rd.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Source: The Daily Free Press, Carbondale, Illinois, February 3, 1912 edition:


Two men died in St. Andrew's hospital Thursday night from injuries received in falls but a few hours apart, though the accidents happened several miles apart.

C.W. Purdy, of Vergennes, fell at his home last Sunday, January 28, while attempting to sit on a cot. He suffered a fractured and dislocated hip, with concussion of the brain or paralysis. He died in the hospital at 2 o'clock Friday morning, February 2. He was the father of W. C. Purdy, assistant postmaster at Murphysboro. The aged wife is not as yet recovered from a dangerous illness from pneumonia. She is at her home at Vergennes.

The body of Mr. Purdy will be shipped to Vergennes Friday evening and will be buried at Parish cemetery Saturday afternoon.

The coroner will hold an inquest in the death of Mr. Purdy.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Source: the local newspaper of Du Quoin, Illinois, December 13, 1926 edition:


Dr. Purdy Had Practiced In Du Quoin For More Than 30 Years

Dr. C. W. Purdy, veteran practitioner of dentistry, died at his North street home in Du Quoin this morning at 7:15 o'clock after an illness of three months. Dr. Purdy suffered a paryletic stroke three months ago last Friday and since that time has been confined to his bed.

The second stroke came Saturday morning of last week and it soon became apparent that the end was a matter of hours.

Dr. Purdy was born near Du Quoin, in the vicinity of the Purdy School on August 2, 1864, and was 62 years, 4 months and 11 days of age at his death.

When a small boy he took up his residence in Carbondale, where the family moved, and he lived in that city until the year 1894 when he came to Du Quoin to reside.

Opening an office here he began the practice of Dentistry which he continued until his last illness, a period of more than thirty years.

Dr. Purdy was married June 5, 1899 to Miss Helen Meyer of Nashville, Ill. He graduated from the dental department of Washington University in 1894 and it was in that year that the Purdy's came to Du Quoin to reside. Mrs. Purdy servives along with the following children: Katherine Purdy, Mrs. Chas. (Elsina) Rogers, Jr., Dedrick A. Purdy, Helen Jeanette Purdy, Clarence Edwin Purdy, all of Du Quoin. One brother, Dr. A. G. Purdy, a practicing dentist at Carbondale for many years, is his only other surviving immediate relatives. The latter moved to Texas two years ago.

Dr. Purdy was one of the elders of the Presbyterian church here and had always been active in the church. He sang in the choir for years and always lent his talent to this feature of the devotions in the churches, in which he held membership before coming to Du Quoin. The deceased was a man of some what retired disposition but friendly with all, and had won the esteem and friendship of many people during the years of his residence in Du Quoin. Attentive to his business and loyal to his church duties, he was aside from that a home man, devoted to his family, and it is in the home that he will be missed most.

The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the First Presbyterian church, the Rev. W. M. Maxton officiating. Interment will take place at the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Later in the same newspaper:

Among those from out of town who attended the funeral of Dr. C. W. Purdy, Wednesday were the following: Miss Bessie Sawyer of East St. Louis, Mr. & Mrs. Dan Foley of Carbondale, Postmaster Wallace C. Purdy and wife and Sam Tuthill of Murphysboro, Mr. & Mrs. Gus Colmeyer and Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ankershield of Nashville.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


PORT O'CONNOR -- Clyde Wayne Purdy, 89, of Port O'Connor died Saturday, September 17, 1994. He was born July 11, 1905, in Vergennes, Ill.

Survivors: wife, Katherine Purdy; daughters, Leta "Totsie" Rowney of Coulterville, Ill. and Pauline "Polly" McCauley of Port O'Connor; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by one great great grandchild.

Services: 1 p.m. in the chapel at Houston National Cemetery.

Memorials: donor's choice.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

D.A. Purdy, 78
Dies Today At His
Home; Services Monday

D. A. Purdy, 78, died at 8:30 a.m. today at his home, 118 S. Peach St. He was a lifetime resident of Du Quoin and retired director of the Perry County Housing Authority.

Born Aug. 25, 1897, in Du Quoin, he was the son of the late Dr. Clarence and Helen (Meyer) Purdy. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Lela Dunn. On July 29, 1941, in Webster Groves, Mo., he married the former Sarah Winters who survives. He was a member of the Southern Illinois Earth Science Club, the Egyptian Coin Club and the First United Presbyterian Church, where he served on the board of deacons and elders and was a longtime choir member.

In addition to his widow, other survivors are a daughter, Doris Jean Purdy of Seattle, Wash.; two sisters, Elsina Rogers and Helen Tryban of Du Quoin; one brother, Clarence Purdy of Omaha, Neb.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Others preceding him in death were a sister and a son, Don.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. from Maxton Funeral Chapel with Rev. W. S. Erwin officiating. Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery.

Visitation is at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Sunday.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

PURDY, Don; Husband of Mary E. Purdy, Father of Mrs. Steve Lorentz, Donna Louise and John A. Purdy. Son of Dedrick A. Purdy, Brother of Miss Doris Jean Purdy, two grandsons. Services Thursday, 2 p.m., Little Chapel of Roses, Glen Abby Memorial Park. Dr. Robert H. Mayo and B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 168 conducting. Colonial Mortuary in charge.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Doris Jean PURDY

71, Mass Monday, 12:10 p.m., St. James Cathedral.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

D. E. Purdy

D. E. Purdy, a Victoria resident for 26 years, died in a local hospital Wednesday at 2:30 a.m. He was 63.

Mr. Purdy was born Sept. 24, 1895 in Vergennes, Ill., the son of the late George and Edna Weseley Purdy.

An insurance agent for the past 28 years, he had lived at 1505 N. Bridge St. in Victoria. He was for many years a member of the Life Insurance Underwriters Assn. and was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the McCabe - Carruth Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Newton officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include Clifton Fox, M. S. Shaw, Harry Rathbone, F. A. Whitley, Ed Hirschhauser and A. J. Allen.

The family has requested the flowers be omitted and that contributions be made to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Mr. Purdy's memory.

Mr. Purdy is survived by his wife, May; a son, Byron of Victoria; a brother, Clyde of Coulterville, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. W. C. Carter of Chester, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Bob and Jimmy Purdy of Victoria.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


George Eli Purdy son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Purdy was born at Vergennes, Illinois, September 8, 1870 and departed this life June 21, 1952, being 81 years, 9 months and 18 days of age.

On February 21, 1894 he united in marriage to Miss Edna May Wisely, more than fifty years ago. He led an active life in the business world. He taught school, was in the implement business and was an undertaker in Vergennes. He moved to Coulterville 45 years ago and started a grocery and general merchandise store which he carried on until a few years ago when he retired from active duty on account of ill health. The business which he developed and carried on is now under the management of his younger son Clyde W. Purdy.

Mr. Purdy was a member of the Coulterville Methodist Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent for a number of years. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

He took an active interest in the activities of the community in which he spent many years. He served as member of the Coulterville Village Board, as President and member of the Board of Education and President of the Coulterville Cemetery Association. He contributed much to the community in which he spent his life.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Alma Carter of Chester; and two sons, Dwight Purdy of Victoria, Texas and Clyde Purdy of Coulterville; two grandsons, Byron Purdy and Willis Carter and many dear relatives and close friends.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Mrs. Helen Purdy
95, Pioneer
Resident Dies

Mrs. Helen Meyer Purdy, 95, in whose home the Du Quoin Woman's Club was organized 65 years ago, died at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, December 2, at her residence, 218 East North Street.

She was the widow of Dr. C. W. Purdy, who practiced dentistry in Du Quoin for 35 years before his death on December 13, 1926.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons; Miss Katherine Purdy, Mrs. Elsina Rogers, D. A. Purdy and Mrs. Helen Tryban, all of Du Quoin, and Clarence E. Purdy of Omaha, Nebraska, and nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Purdy was a resident of Du Quoin for 70 years.

She was born in Nashville on January 6, 1870, a daughter of Dedrich and Sarah Elsina Meyer. Her parents died before she was of age and she lived in Nashville with a sister, Mrs. Mary E. Sawyer, later going to Carbondale to attend Southern Illinois Normal University.

She married Clarence W. Purdy in that city in 1888. A graduate of Washington University School of dentistry, he located in Du Quoin.

Until health prevented, Mrs. Purdy was an active member of the First United Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir, taught a Sunday school class and was a zealous worker in the Woman's Society.

Mrs. Purdy was a charter member of the Du Quoin Woman's Club and a member of the Sunshine Club, a north-end social group. She served for many years on the local board of the Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society.

Eleven sisters and brothers preceded her in death.

Services will be conducted from Neal Memorial Chapel at 3 p.m. Saturday by Reverend W. S. Erwin, pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at Neal Funeral Home after 6 p.m. today. The casket will not be opened after services. The family has suggested that those who wish may contribute to the First United Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


James B. "Jim" Purdy, 49, of Victoria died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1992.

He was born Aug. 25, 1943, in Victoria to Margaret Lee Tonner Purdy of Victoria and the late Byron R. Purdy. He was a heavy-equipment dispatcher for Union Carbide and a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Annette Urban Purdy; mother; daughters, Debbie Friemel of Austin and Diana Purdy of Victoria; son, Christopher Purdy of Victoria; brother, Robert E. "Bob" Purdy of Victoria; and one grandchild.

Preceded in death by: son, James Purdy Jr., in 1986.

Graveside services: 2:30 p.m. Friday at Resurrection Cemetery, the Revs. Michael Harrold and Barney Matocha officiating.

Rosewood Funeral Chapels, Victoria, 573-4546.

Pallbearers: Sammy Wiest, Robin Faupel, Roger Sparkman, Robert LeJune, Joey Dentler, Fred Wendel and Dick Tisue.

Memorials: America Heart Association.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Victoria Man
Found Dead
At Residence

Police said James B. Purdy Jr., 21, of 3110 Linda Drive, was found dead early Thursday morning at a residence at 3409 E. Meadowlane St. from a gunshot wound to the head.

"From what police have indicated to me, it was self-inflicted," said Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Beatriz Q. Gonzalez, who said she is withholding a formal verdict until she receives all police reports.

Police officials said Purdy died from a blast from a 12-gauge shotgun found nearby.

The incidence occurred at the Ernest Dick Jr. residence where Purdy, an oilfield worker, had been staying.

Police and emergency medical services paramedics were dispatched to the residence at 12:44 a.m.

Purdy was born Oct. 23, 1964, in Victoria, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Resurrection Cemetery.

Dr. James Carlson, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, will officiate.

Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James B. Purdy Sr.; two sisters, Debbie Friemel and Diana Purdy; a brother, Chris Purdy, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Laza and Mr. and Mrs. Byron Purdy, all of Victoria.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>


Katherine Jane Oglesby Viglini Purdy, 94, of Coulterville, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 10:15 p.m. at the Sparta Community Hospital.

Katherine was born August 4, 1912 in Bond County, Mississippi to George W. and Lugene (Cooper) Oglesby.

She married James Pierre Viglini June 26, 1928 in Houston, TX. He preceded her in death. She married Clyde W. Purdy November 23, 1943 in Cuero, Texas. He preceded her in death September 17, 1994.

While living in Coulterville, she attended the Coulterville United Methodist Church and she and her husband were the owners of Purdy's Store until 1959. During World War II, she worked at Oloe Field in Victoria, Texas as a foreman of airplane panel board instruments. They moved to Port O'Connor, Texas in 1952 where she attended Port O'Connor Baptist Church, belonged to Port Lavaca Quilt Guild, worked many years for Richards Drilling Company, and at David Johnson Drilling Company at Lagniappe Lodge. Katherine enjoyed going to the casinos and Branson, Missouri, and loved fishing.

Survivors include two daughters: Leta (Viglini) Rowney Green of Coulterville, and Pauline (Viglini) and husband Ordith McCauley of Edenburg, Texas; six grandchildren: Noral McCauley of Port O'Connor, Texas, Gary and wife Paula McCauley of Port O'Connor, Texas, Earl and wife Donzita of Houston, Texas, Kathy and husband Ed Kinsey of Manvel, Texas, Clyde and wife Connie Rowney of Port O'Connor, Texas, and Paula and husband John Price of Coulterville; 16 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Gasque "Red", Marshall, G. W., and Brian Oglesby, two sisters: Mary McLeod, and Rachel Turk, two grandsons: Michael McCauley and Robert Rowney and one great-great-granddaughter.

Katherine will be cremated and a memorial service will be held in Port O'Connor, Texas. Her ashes will be interred in Bethel Cemetery in Swanwick at a later date.

Pyatt Funeral Home in Coulterville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Katherine M. Purdy, 85,
Dies Early Today In
Marshall Browning

Katherine Meyer Purdy, 85, of 218 E. North St., died unexpectedly at 3:10 a.m. today in Marshall Browning Hospital.

A resident of Du Quoin for 78 years, Miss Purdy was a retired bookkeeper and a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, where she served as choir director for 25 years.

Born in Carbondale April 8, 1890, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Clarence W. and Helen (Meyer) Purdy.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Elsina Rogers and Mrs. Helen Tryban, Du Quoin; two brothers, Dedrick A. Purdy of Du Quoin and Clarence Edwin Purdy of Omaha, Neb.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. from Neal Memorial Chapel with Rev. W. S. Ervin officiating. Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Saturday.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

PURDY -- Martha M., age 84, Omaha. Survived by her husband, Clarence E. Purdy; daughter, Alice Englebretsen, Champagne-Urbana, IL; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Dennis Kaiser, Omaha; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sarah Purdy, Napa, CA; grandchildren, Russell and Susan Englebretsen, Ryan and Douglas Kaiser.

SERVICES Wed. 10 am Presbyterian Church Of The Cross, 1517 S. 114th St., Rev. Ronnie Osborne officiating. Interment Lexington, MO. Visitation with family Tue. 6:30 - 9 pm. Colonial Chapel. Memorials to Bethphage Mission, Axtell, NE.

Colonial Chapel
11902 W. Center Rd.     333-7200

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Four Victoria Women Die in Car-Truck Crash

Slick Pavement Seen to Blame

Four prominent Victoria women were killed Thursday afternoon when the car in which they were riding was in collision with an out-of-control tank truck a mile west of Victoria on the Goliad Highway.

Killed in the tragedy were:

Mrs. Dave Lack, 49, of 1104 E. Trinity St., whose husband heads a chain of stores in Victoria and South Texas. A son, Herbert Sidney, ws killed in August of 1958 in a one-car accident near Port Lavaca.

Mrs. James Wieting, 40, of 2301 Bon Aire St., whose husband is an engineer at the Carbide plant at Seadrift. Among other activities, Mrs. Wieting was active in local theater work having played major parts in local plays.

Mrs. D. E. Purdy, 69, of 1505 N. Bridge St., a widow, who was active in civic and church affairs.

Mrs. Reese Jones, 71, of 601 W. Commercial St., a widow, also active in civic and church work.

On Way Home

The four were returning to Victoria from Goliad where they had participated in a pilgramage of historic spots as members of Victoria Morning Study Club of which Mrs. Lack was a past president.

Willie Lee Franklin, 38, of Houston, driver of the Corpus Christi-bound truck, was being held at De Tar Hospital Thursday night for observation of minor injuries and shock.

Highway Patrolman Dalton Meyer said Franklin apparently lost control of the truck on the roadway made slick by rain and that the giant machine jackknifed, sideswiped a pickup truck driven by Central Power and Light Co. employe Elroyce Metting, 26, of 2606 N. E. Nightengale St., and then plunged into the car driven by Mrs. Lack.

Death Toll 9

The crash hiked the death toll on county roads alone to nine. There had been no deaths in the county or in the city since June when Hugo Seekamp was fatally injured in a car-train mishap only half of a mile from the scene of Thursday's crash. There have been three deaths this year inside the city limits.

Ambulances from Duckett and McCabe-Carruth Funeral Homes, the fire department rescue unit and a fire truck along with several units of the Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the scene after the first report of the wreck was received at the sheriff's office at 2:04 p.m.

The vehicles hit at a slight angle in the eastbound lane in which the Lack car was traveling with the left headlight of the automobile buried into the direct center of the truck, Patrolman H. D. Welch, who assisted Meyer, said.

Wedged in Car

The vehicles hooked together and careened about 75 yards westward and came to rest in a deep ditch.

All four women were wedged into the car. Mrs. Lack was pronounced dead at the scene, Mrs. Wieting was dead on arrival at a local hospital, while the other two woman died 15 minutes after arriving at De Tar Hospital.

Meyer said Franklin told of not being able to recall what happened after his truck started jackknifing on a curve located on an approach to the bridge, just past Lower Mission Valley Road.

At impact, the empty 20,000 pound trailer broke loose from the tractor and landed crossways on its side in the eastbound lane.

Traffic Held Up

Traffic was held up for two-mile stretches on both sides of the crash scene for an hour until the trailer could be moved. It suffered minor damage.

Franklin, driver for International Marketing Corp. of Abilene, collapsed from shock when he opened the door of the cab. He was placed in a highway patrol car and later taken to De Tar in an ambulance.

Franklin told a reporter that he was driving from Houston to Corpus Christi to pick up a load of butane to be transported back to Houston. The truck driver said he had just left Ramsey's Steak House, located less than a mile from the wreck scene, where he had druck a cup of coffee and talked with another truck driver.

Metting told investigators that he was swerving to the right shoulder in an attempt to miss the oncoming truck when his vehicle was sideswiped. He said he then looked back over his left shoulder and saw the collision of the truck and the Lack car. Damage to the CPL truck was minor. The radio antenna was knocked loose.

The highway patrol said Thursday night that its investigation of the crash was incomplete. Justice of the Peace Alfred C. Bass said he would return a formal verdict in the deaths Friday.

Funeral arrangements were complete Thursday night for all but Mrs. Purdy, with the exception of the site of the Lack rites.

Services for Mrs. Lack will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with Rabbi Robert H. Kahn of Houston officiating. Burial will be in B'Nai Israel Cemetery, McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on Dec. 6, 1913, in Houston.

Besides her husband, survivors include three sons, Larry, Melvin, and Jay Lack, all of Victoria.

Besides being a past president of the Morning Study Club, she was a member of the Past Presidents Club, Sisterhood of Temple B'Nai Israel where she was active, Decora Study Club, Bon Aire Garden Club where she was the present secretary-treasurer, a sustaining member of the Victoria Women's Clubhouse, Inc., active in the Victoria Fine Arts Association, and a member of the Pink Ladies group at Citizens Memorial Hospital.

In 1960, Mrs. Lack was appointed to the Texas Committee for the White House Conference on Children and Youth by Gov. Price Daniel.

Services for Mrs. Wieting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Methodist Church and at 3 p.m. the same day at the Lake O' Woods Chapel at Forrest Park Cemetery in Houston with the Rev. Kermit Gibbons, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Park Cemetery.

The body will be at the church from 9 a.m. until the local service begins. Duckett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wieting was born on Dec. 6, 1922, in Ellis County to Mrs. Emma Caudle Steele, now of Houston, and the late John Clinton Steele.

Besides her mother, survivors include her husband; two sons, Paul and Roger James Wieting of Victoria; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Marshall and Mrs. J. L. Alexander of Houston; two brothers, Raymond Steele of Baton Rouge, La., and Jack C. Steele of Los Angeles, Calif.

She was staging chairman for the 1963 Morning Study Club Flower Show and served as the club's corresponding secretary for 1963 and worked on various committees.

In connection with the theater work, Mrs. Wieting was talented in wardrobe, meticulous in detail in traveling to San Antonio to learn the correct habit for a play involving nuns.

She put on what was possibly her best performance as Madam Arcati in "Blithe Spirit" and had parts in "King of Hearts", "Jason", and "Yellow Jack". She also did most of the sewing for uniforms and scenery for the theater.

Services for Mrs. Jones, whose husband preceded her in death in September of 1958, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Carroll Pickett officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bob Hindman, Milton Seale, Gerald Lenz, Fred Mackrell, Fred E. Smith and John A. Killough.

Mrs. Jones was born on Nov. 28, 1891, in Victoria to the late Frank and Caroline Wagner.

Surviving is a cousin, Mrs. C. P. Dean of Victoria.

Active in church affairs, Mrs. Jones was an officer in the Women of the Church for many years and active in Morning Study Club and Rosebud Rebekah Lodge affairs.

Funeral arrangments for Mrs. Purdy will be announced by McCabe-Carruth. Dwight E. Purdy, her husband, died on June 17, 1959.

Mrs. Purdy was born on Nov. 1, 1893, in Swanwick, Ill., to the late Samuel and Jessie Miller Robb, and had been a resident of Victoria since 1932, moving here from Breckenridge, Tex.

She was a past president of the Nellie Hudson Bible Class at First Presbyterian Church of which she was an active member and served on various committees in the Morning Study Club.

Surviving are a son, Byron Purdy of Victoria; a sister, Mrs. Rose Copeland of Somonauk, Ill. and two grandchildren, Bob and Jimmie Purdy, both of Victoria.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Source: The Murphysboro Independent, Murphysboro, IL, 5 July 1912


Mrs. Rachel Purdy died at her home at Vergennes at 8:20 o'clock Thursday evening, July 4, 1912, aged about 70 years. Funeral services at the Methodist church in Vergennes at 11 o'clock Saturday morning. Interment in Parrish Cemetery. Obituary later.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Funeral Services Sunday
For Sarah Purdy, 83

Funeral services for Sarah Purdy, 83, of 118 South Peach St., will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Neal Memorial Chapel with Rev. Rick Hoffarth officiating. Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Purdy died Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8:20 a.m. in Marshall Browning Hospital.

Visitation is at the funeral home after 9 a.m. Sunday until time of service.

Born in Du Quoin Oct. 31, 1901, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Myrtle (McElvain) Winters. In 1941 in Du Quoin, she married Dedrich A. Purdy who preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 1976. A lifetime resident of Du Quoin, Mrs. Purdy was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Perry County Retired Teacher's Association and was active in the Perry County and Southern Illinois Historical Societies. She was a retired school teacher having taught in the elementary school system in Du Quoin for over 40 years.

Surviving are a step-daughter, Doris Purdy of Seattle, Wash.; one brother, Robert Winters of Prescott, Ariz.; three grandchildren, John Purdy and Lela Lorentz of La Mesa, Calif., and Donna Fletsch of Sacramento, Calif.

In addition to her parents and husband, one stepson, one sister and a brother preceded her in death.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Funeral Service for
W. C. Purdy to be

Funeral services for Wallace C. Purdy, retired assistant postmaster, who died Monday afternoon at 1:05 o'clock following a heart attack, at St. Andrew's hospital, will be held Wednesday afternoon, June 3, at 2 o'clock at the First Methodist church, with the E. C. Phillips in charge.

Interment will be at Tower Grove cemetery. The body will be removed from Roberts' funeral chapel Wednesday at noon to the church. The casket will not be opened following services.

Mr. Purdy, who had been ill one week, observed his 73rd birthday Feb. 2, 1942. He was born in Vergennes Feb. 2, 1869 and had lived in Murphysboro since 1901. He was a devoted member of the Methodist church, taught a class of men at Sunday school and was active in all phases of church work. He was a member of the Masonic lodge but had been non active for a number of years. He served as assistant postmaster in this city for 37 1/2 years. Prior to entering postal service, Mr. Purdy taught school for several years.

He was married in 1895 to Ellen Whisler, who died April 12, 1914. To this union were born the following children: Mrs. Anna Josephine Batson, Mrs. Lela Mae Guiliani, Mrs. Pauline Genevieve Hoover, and Mrs. Geraldine Dauer, all of Washington, D.C.; and Mrs. Lois Estelle Yeager, Uniontown, Pa., and Mrs. Margaret Evelyn Robinson, Monmouth, Ill.

He was re-married March 12, 1921, to Henrietta Otto of St. Louis, who survives. George Purdy, a brother, of Coulterville, also survives.

<Return to previous page>
<To the top>

Problems with, or questions about, this website? Contact the webmaster!
Copyright © 1998- by Kevin J. Outman, All rights reserved.