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Robert E. Purdy - 86

1/21/1930 - 1/17/2017

Colchester, Illinois

Robert E. Purdy age 86 of Colchester, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  He was born January 21, 1930, in Macomb, Illinois, to Dalton and Erma Bonn Purdy.  Bob was united in marriage on March 25, 1951, in Colchester to Glenna Wetzel, she preceded him in death on August 5, 2008.
Surviving to mourn his passing are 1 Son: John and Christine Purdy, Colchester, 2 Daughters: Rebecca (Edward) Demetrion, Wilbrahan, Mass., Lorrie and (Doug Friday) Purdy, Macomb, 1 Great Nephew that was raised in the Purdy Home: Leroy Kalkey, 11 Grandchildren: Meghan (Erik) Allard, Jonathan Demetrion, Cary (Michele) Lockwood, Michael (Sarah) Mann, Bret (Elizabeth) Mann, Brittney (Ryan) Porter, Jonathon Pritchard, Vanessa Purdy, Michael Purdy, Gwen and Allison Kalkey, 10 Great Grandchildren: Angel Zynn, Logan, Brooke, Adelyne, Zylur, River, Landon, Dakin, Adele, Abbie, 1 Sister: Jean Long, Aledo, Illinois.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Wife: Glenna, 3 Grandchildren: Brandon Purdy, Dalton Purdy, Francis Demetrion, 1 Step Grandchild: Brent Cowdrey, and 1 Brother: Melvin Purdy. 
Bob had been employed at Western Illinois University in building services, Mummert Oil in Macomb, Charlie Cox Construction, Hy-Vee in Macomb.  His greatest joy was working on the family farm that he and Glenna built together, with the help of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was a member of the Argyle Bible Church.  Bob enjoyed camping with family and friends, skiing at the Mt Carmel Ski lodge, playing music with the Mt. Carmel Music Group.  Bob could fix or build anything.  Of all the accomplishments in Bobs life, his greatest love and joy was the time he spent with all the generations of his family.
Services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 23, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev Sam Kostreva.  Burial will follow the services at Dunkard Cemetery,  rural Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends can view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Sunday.  Memorial is to the Argyle Bible Church Steeple Fund.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home


11:00 A.M. Monday at the funeral home


  • Barbara Stein

    on 01/18/17

    John and family, I am very sorry to hear of the death of your Father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Lynn and Cindy Cavett

    on 01/18/17

    Our sincere sympathy
  • Shirley Louderman

    on 01/19/17

    Bob Purdy's Family- So sorry to hear about Bob. Use to work with Bob at Hy-Vee- Such a nice Man & enjoyed teasing Him. My thoughts & Prayers are with Your Family at this difficult time.
  • Dennis Caldwell

    on 01/20/17

    I will miss your Dad! Even though he always has had a large family, he always made us feel like we were just part of his family too--he was a very special man. Our loss, heaven's gain!
  • Estelene Bodenhamer

    on 01/21/17

    418 E. Yeiser St Bob and I have been friends since high school. I always enjoyed visiting with him then and in later years. I am happy he had a long life with loving family and friends..
  • Tom and CaroLyn Foster

    on 01/21/17

    Family and friends of Bob, we are all so blessed to have known such a wonderful man. His gentle spirit and Love of the the earth that grounded him to his family and friends is a gem to be cherised by us all forever.
  • Rodney Clark

    on 01/22/17

    Becky,Lori and John. So sorry to hear the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. RIP
  • Ginger Rexroat

    on 01/23/17

    So Sorry to hear your sad news. It was always a joy to meet up with your Dad . He was such a nice man. May your fond memories comfort you. Ginger
  • Sue Symmonds

    on 01/23/17

    My sincerest sympathies to you, Lori & your entire family. I was deeply saddened to hear of your dad's passing. I am grateful for having the opportunity to have known (& worked with) him. Sending prayers your way.
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