Edward Lewis Purcell

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E. Purcell

E. Purcell

Born in Rife, Colorado February 11, 1922 to Edward Brook and Elsie M. Purcell. Louie passed away on February 1, 2013, 10 days short of his 91st birthday.

He was a member of the Church of Christ on Ewald Ave in South Salem.

Louie’s first job was at Pop Savage dairy in Keizer and later at a dairy on the Oregon Coast in Bay City. He worked there until he joined the Army. He spent some time in California, trained as a cook, and was sent to Aleutian Island for almost 30 months. He was also at Dutch Harbor when it was bombed.

While home on leave he met the love of his life, Jacqueline Engle, and they were engaged before he was sent to Fort Smith, Arkansas for training. They were married July 1, 1944 before he was sent to the European Theater. He was with Patton’s 3rd Army during the Battle of the Bulge and in the thick of the fighting until that ended on May 8, 1945. Then he was on to England to wait for a ship home.

He trained as a meat cutter and worked at the trade for 40 years. He was a member of Grow and Show Garden Club. He loved his family, gardening, growing and showing Dahlias, traveling, fishing and hunting. He got his last elk with a single arrow.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jacqueline. Sons Steven, Randall and his wife Dana, Timothy, Bruce, Faron, Garry and Jamie. Grandchildren Andrew, Shawn, Ryan, Amanda, Tara, Natasha and three great granddaughters. Brother Lester and Wandaline Purcell, Kenneth and Jean Purcell, sister Alvera and Vernon Beck. He is preceded in death by his son, Claude.

Interment will be at Willamette National Memorial Cemetery.

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