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Douglas Purdy


1918 - 2014 | Notice Condolences
Douglas Purdy Notice
Purdy, Douglas Douglas C. Purdy, Colonel, (USAF, Ret.), Winter Park, Florida, died on January 23rd 2014. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park, Fl. He was born in Athens, WI on April 4, 1918. He was an Eagle Scout. Following graduation from McKinley High School in Marshfield, WI, he studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin and later completed his degree at the University of Omaha, Nebraska. During WW II, he was an aviation armament officer at Lowry AFB, CO. In 1947 he attended meteorological training at New York University in NY. Various commands and staff positions took him from Lowry AFB, Offut AFB, Nebraska and Fuerstenfeldbruk AFB in Germany. Upon completion of the Air Force Command and Staff College in Montgomery, AL, he was selected to remain on the faculty for 4 years. In 1962 he was assigned to the Pentagon as Assistant for Weather on the Air Staff and while there, was promoted to Colonel. Other assignments included Staff Weather Officer to the 14th Air Force at Ramstein AFB Germany and Commander of the 31st Weather Squadron. He returned to the United States as Staff Weather Officer to the Military Airlift Command, Scott AFB, Illinois and Commander of the 7th Weather Wing. He completed his Air Force career as Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air Weather Service at Scott Air Force base until his retirement in 1972. He held the Air Force Commendation Medal and twice was awarded the Legion of Merit. He served during WW II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 286, Pine Castle, FL, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America and the Air Weather Association. He moved to Orlando, FL in 1972 upon retirement from the Air Force and then to the Mayflower Retirement Community, Winter Park, FL in 2002. He is survived by his wife Evelyn of 71 years and two daughters, Michele Noullet, Spartanburg, SC, and Susan Marlatt, Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:30 pm at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, inside the chapel, 526 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL. (407) 647-3392. A reception will follow at the Mayflower Retirement Community in Duxbury Hall. He will buried the following day at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.


Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Jan. 28, 2014
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