Robert (Bob) Hart Purcell Jr. passed away on June 8th 2013, 86 years young, following an accident. He was born February 5th 1927 in El Paso, TX. to Josephine Wyatt Peach & Robert Hart Purcell Sr. Bob spent his early childhood years in El Paso then moved with his family to Denver, CO.
After graduating from East High School in Denver Colorado at the early age of 17 Bob enlisted in the Army
, serving 2 years receiving an Honorable discharge in 1946 as a Technician Fifth Grade at the Fourth Army Headquarters. After completing college he re-enlisted with the Army Reserves as an Officer, where he served another 28 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Bob graduated from University of Colorado with a BS & Masters in Chemical Engineering and was a member of the Acacia Fraternity where he played water polo and was elected to Secretary of the Chapter. Bob also received many awards including: Honor of the Outstanding Senior Acacias in spring of 1949, Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Chi Sigma and was a Colorado delegate to the National Conclave at Chicago in the summer 1948. But Bob did not stop there he continued his educational quest receiving a Master's in Business from University of Washington
. The University of Colorado is where Bob met his future bride Rosemary Hellis. They married in July of 1950 and moved to Richland shortly thereafter. They have spent 63 glorious years here developing many long lasting friendships. Bob worked at GE, Battelle and Exxon Nuclear; where he ended his career in charge of Safety & Security of the Hanford Project.
Bob became involved with the Boy Scouts of America at a young age and became one of the youngest members to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, he was only 15! Bob continued his support of the BSA until his passing and in recognition for all his years of hard work Bob received numerous awards including: the Order of the Arrow's Vigil Honor, International Scouter's Award, Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver and the Silver Antelope in 2005.
Bob was also an avid Genealogist and was the editor for the Purcell family of Americas journal for many years and traveled the U.S. finding lost family members. He was a member of All Saints church, Meadow Springs Country Club and Richland Light Opera Company for 60 years. He also enjoyed boating on the Columbia River, old time locomotives, playing bridge with friends and spending time with his grandchildren. He was also an accomplished piano & organ player.
Bob will be forever known as a kind, caring, giving man who loved his family, friends and life to the fullest!
Bob leaves behind his beloved wife Rosemary; Daughter Cynthia; Son Richard (Jennifer) Grandchildren: Amanda, Jason, Marcus, Codie, Alina & Olivia & Greatgrand's Phoenix & Daphne; along with cousins, nieces and nephews, who all Love him dearly and miss him deeply!!
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:00pm at Memories at Sunset Event Center in Richland, WA.
Donations can be made in his name to the Boy Scouts of America Blue Mountain Council or All Saints Episcopal Church Richland, WA.
The family invites you read his full obit and sign their online guest book at www.einansfuneralhome. com.