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WINTER HAVEN - Ernest A. Purnell, 89, of Winter Haven Florida and formerly of Springfield Illinois passed away on December 24, 2013 of heart failure.
He was born in Granite City, Illinois on April 24, 1924. He was a veteran of WWII serving as a field medic with Company G of the 377th Infantry Medical Detachment of the 95th Division attached to George Patton's Third Army. During his service, which lasted from D-Day +4 to V-E Day, he was awarded two bronze stars for bravery. After his service he studied at the University of Illinois where he met his wife to be Elizabeth Irwin. They were married on September 27, 1947.
Mr. Purnell operated Industrial Chemical Supply Company for 23 years. Besides being a Master Mason, he was an Elder and Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield Illinois and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven Florida, a Kiwanis Club member, a past member of the lllini Country Club in Springfield and had resided in Cypresswood Golf Club since 1988.
Mr. Purnell is survived by his wife of 66 years Elizabeth, his two sons Roger of Durham North Carolina and Douglas of Dundee Florida, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Published in Ledger from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2013
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