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Donald E. Purcell

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Donald E. Purcell Obituary
2/15/1926 - 10/26/2017

Don passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Corona Regional Medical Center after a short illness. He was born February 15, 1926 in Clyde, Ohio to Leslie and Jessie (Petticord) Purcell. He graduated from Clyde High School where he enjoyed playing sports. In July 1944 he entered the Air Force and served as an aerial gunner on a B-29 crew in the South Pacific during World War II. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1946. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on the GI Bill and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in June of 1950. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity while at Miami.
In 1952 Don married Margaret Sayles, his high school sweetheart. They were happily married for 58 years and were blessed with two children. In 1975 Don's work brought him to Corona, California where he was General Manager for Vulcan Materials. He retired in December of 1987 after 37 years in the aluminum smelting business. He was a charter member of the First Presbyterian Church of Corona. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf. He and Margaret enjoyed birding and world travel. Their birding life list contained nearly 500 birds.
He is survived by a son John and daughter-in-law Deirdre Purcell of Portland, Oregon, daughter Anne Purcell of Corona, California and granddaughter Jessie Purcell of Seattle, Washington. He was a caring father and grandfather, loving husband and generous person. He will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1:30PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Corona, 950 West Ontario Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Corona or to . Don will be interred at McPherson Cemetery in Clyde, Ohio next to his beloved Margaret.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2017
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