Donald F. Purnell

Donald F. Purnell, 86, of Cheboygan, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2010 at Hospice House in Cheboygan.

A resident of the area since 1948, moving from Sidney, Ohio, Don was born July 1, 1924 in Sidney, Ohio, the son of Kenneth and Loretta (Martz) Purnell. He worked for 2 years for a company that was constructing bunkers for defense in Alaska, and upon returning home, joined the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he was stationed on the U.S.S. Gillette as a gunner’s mate, serving in the Philippines and North Atlantic. On July 9, 1949 in Cheboygan, he married Joanne Shields at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was employed by Consumers Power Company for 38 years, retiring in 1986 as an electrical technician. Don was also was a member of St. Mary/St. Charles Catholic Church, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Surviving is his wife, Joanne, three children, Daniel Purnell of Tucker, Georgia, Kristine (Robert) Owen of Sandusky, Michigan, and Lori (Stan) Thomas of Rockville, Maryland, 10 grandchildren, Britt (Lisa) Todd, Craig, Kristy(Chris), Kelly (Rev. Mark) Lindstrom, Kerry, Zachary, Nicholas, Brent(Carla), and Lauren(Eric), 6 great grandchildren, Ivan, Peter, Haley, Brook, Cody and Jared, and one great great granddaughter, Denel, a brother, Richard (Joanne) Purnell, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents, a daughter in law, Becky Purnell, and a brother and sister in law, James and Fran Purnell.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2010, from 2-4pm, and 6-8pm, with a scripture service beginning at 3pm, at the Nordman-Christian Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 17, at 11:00 am, with visitation beginning at 10 am, at St. Mary/St. Charles Catholic Church. Rev. Paul Megge will officiate, burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in the spring.

Memorials may be made to Hospice House of Cheboygan.

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