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Wilbur Purvis, 90, of Marshalltown, IA died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell, IA. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at the Main Street Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes, in Marshalltown. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Interment will be in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, in Marshalltown. Memorials may be directed to the Elim Lutheran Church or the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Wilbur was born to George and Ida (Sparenborg) Purvis in Grundy Center, IA and baptized at the Bethany Presbyterian Church. He was reared and educated in Grundy Center, IA and graduated from High School in 1941. After High School he worked for JC Penny Co. until he entered the service, March 27, 1943 to April 9, 1946. During his training he was transferred to the Army Air Corp for college training and flight training in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He served overseas in the armored field artillery during the Central European campaign with General Patton's 3rd Army. After his honorable discharge he worked for JC Penny Co. On November 11, 1950 he was united in marriage to Candace Gisleson of Osage, IA. Following their marriage they moved to Oskaloosa, IA in 1951 and back to Marshalltown in 1952. Wilbur was living at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell, IA. Wilbur worked 35 years in Network Communications for U.S. West in Marshalltown retiring in 1985. Wilbur was a member of Elim Lutheran Church, served on the Church council, choir member, and an usher. He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. and the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Mallwalkers Club. Wilbur loved being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and boating.
Wilbur is survived by two children a daughter, Sonia (Douglas) Freeman of Grinnell, a son, Eric (Kim) Purvis of Marshalltown, three grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Preceding Wilbur in death were his wife Candace, a sister Lorraine Stover, brothers Ed, Harold and Melvin Purvis.
Published in Des Moines Register on Oct. 7, 2013