Robert T. "Bob" Purkey

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Age 78, of Bethel Park, on Sunday, March 16, 2008. Devoted husband of the late Joan(Latsko) Purkey; loving father of Candy (Bob) Holland and the late Bobby Purkey, Jr.; Cherished grandfather of Ross and Brian Holland; Son of the late Edward and Anna Purkey; Brother of Don (Beverly) Purkey and the late Edward Purkey; Brother in law of John (Barbara) Latsko, Bill (the late Connie) Latsko, Geri(Charley) Rabe, Nancy (the late Joe) Latsko and Norma Purkey. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received Tuesday & Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Rd., Bethel Park. Funeral Liturgy of The Word and Funeral Rites will be held Thursday 9:30 AM at St. Valentine Church (Everyone Please meet at Church). Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Bob pitched in the Major leagues for 13 years, from 1954-1966, and played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched in All Star games and one World Series, won 129 games in the Major Leagues, and was 23-5 in 1962 for the Cincinnati Reds. Bob is also a member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. After baseball Bob started his own business, the Bob Purkey Agency in Bethel Park, which he owned for over 30 years until his retirement. Bob was active in Bethel Park's Chamber of Commerce, and for many years helped raise money for charity through a variety of endeavors including active participation with the Pittsburgh Pirates Alumni Association. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Pirate Alumni Charities, 115 Federal St., PNC Park Pgh., PA 15212.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2008
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