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Robert "Mike" Purcell, 64, passed away at his mountain home in Whittier, N.C. on Tuesday June 28. He loved Nascar and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Mike loved entertaining at his mountain home with family and friends and enjoyed traveling and listening to music. In earlier years Mike had been the catcher for the Alton Bucks and was inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame on April 11, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Purcell. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Diane Diez Purcell. His mother and stepfather, Mary and Jerry Deem of Edwardsville, Ill; five children Sally Purcell of Texas, Michael (Joyce) Purcell of Ohio, Paula (Jarrett) Forest of Louisiana, Richard Babin of Maryland, and Wayne (Elyse) Babin of Louisiana; six grandchildren Tren Babin, Alexandra Babin, Marilyn Babin, Charlotte Babin, Spencer Crosby and Hunter Crosby; brothers and sisters Mark Purcell of Virginia, Mary Jo Hammonds of Iowa, Laura Purcell of Iowa and Maureen Purcell of Iowa.
Memorial donations may be made to the Illinois Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and sent to the following address: Don Brewer, ASA State Commissioner, 25 Westwood Lane, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Checks should be made out to Illinois ASA. Donations will be recognized on the Illinois ASA website (www.illinoisasa.org) and in the Illinois ASA brochure that is handed out at the ASA banquets and to registering teams. Donations are also acknowledged in correspondence to commissioners.
A memorial service was held in Edwardsville, Ill. on July 9. A second memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 16 in the Livingston Room at the Clarion Inn (formerly the Holiday Inn) at 1500 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2:30 p.m.
Published in Gonzales Weekly Citizen on July 16, 2016