Franklin Romayne Pursell|
Born: Dec. 19, 1922
Died: April 29, 2014; in Cable, WI
Franklin Romayne Pursell, passed peacefully at home in Cable, WI on April 29 after a long, full life. Born December 19, 1922, Frank grew up in Maywood, IL, with his parents Romayne and Laura and sisters Marjorie and Jane. He joined the National Guard in 1940, played the piccolo in a cavalry band, volunteered for flight school when the War came, turned 21 on a troop transport and in 1944, flew 88 missions over Europe in a P-47 Thunderbolt, winning three Distinguished Flying Crosses. After the War, at Cornell College, he met Louise Curtiss of Crystal Lake, IL. They married in 1946, and Frank finished his Studio Arts degree at Northwestern University. Frank and Louise raised their family in Crystal Lake, then moved to the Florida Keys in 1973 to manage a resort. They spent the rest of their working life and early retirement in Florida. Frank was a man of many talents: a painter and sculptor who did his best work in his '80s, a flutist/clarinetist/banjo/mandolin player, a furniture maker and boat builder, to name a few. He loved being with his family. Louise passed in 2006, and Frank spent his last years living with daughter Anne and her husband Bob Dolezal in Cable.
Frank is mourned by his four children and their spouses, Thomas (Margaret), Perry (Olga), Anne (Bob) and Joan (John Wenzel); seven grandchildren and their spouses and significant others, Geoffrey Pursell (Alicia), Megan Moffitt (Richard), Paul Pursell, Michael Pursell (Kristin), Brian McGurk (Kassie), Sara Pursell, and Brook Johnson (Jordan); and by four great-grandchildren, Fiona, Keira and Henry Pursell and Gabriel Moffitt. He is also mourned by two step-grand daughters and seven step-great grand children.
There will be a memorial service at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Crystal Lake at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Published in the Northwest Herald on June 8, 2014