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Kendall Ford Purdy


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Kendall Ford Purdy Obituary
Kendall Ford Purdy, 87, died from complications due to Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Fort Worth. Service: The family will hold a private service. Interment will be at a later date in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Memorials: or a . Kendall was born Feb. 22, 1926, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the youngest of eight children. He was a drum major in his high school band and played trombone in a Navy band. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and a lifelong Badger. Kendall was a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy, serving at the end of World War II and again during the Korean War. Most of his 40-year career was spent with the Campbell Soup Company, beginning in Chicago and rising through the ranks as he moved his family to New Jersey, Australia, California and Nebraska, until finally settling in Paris, Texas, in 1967. After his retirement he and Ellyn moved to Fort Worth in 1989 to be near children and grandchildren. Kendall was an avid golfer and the consummate ballroom dancer, having taken great joy in leading the ladies in his family around the dance floor or simply around the living room. He was an accomplished trombone player and an aficionado of Big Band and jazz music. He established the first Elks Club in Paris, in 1970, and was a member of the Rotary Club of Paris. In the 1980s he also organized the annual July 4 fireworks display in Paris which continues to this day. More than anything he was a devoted family man to his loving wife Ellyn and his three children. Decisions were made with the family first, foremost and exclusively in mind. He once started to pursue a dream of learning to fly, but decided to buy a boat instead. His reasoning was that unlike flying the whole family could share in the fun of boating. He loved nothing more than sharing his love of humor and music with his grandkids and every one of them would freely offer that their lives are richer for it. His friends both in Paris and Fort Worth, and his loving caretakers in his final years, including Clarissa Latimer as well as the loving staff at Clare Bridge of Broadway Plaza at Westover Hills, felt the same way. To paraphrase a comment made upon learning of his passing, "It was a joy to know your Dad." He was our Rock. "Good on ya," Dad. Yours was a life well-lived. We love and miss you. Survivors: His loving wife of 64 years, Ellyn; daughters, Bronwyn Rew and her husband, Vernon, and Jeryl Tracy; son, Kyle Purdy and his wife, Carla; grandchildren, Nicholas Rew and fiance, Lauren Power, Taylor Church and her husband, Clint, Emily Rew, and Caroline Purdy.
Published in Star-Telegram on May 9, 2013
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