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Howard Alan Purpura, 72, of San Antonio, Texas, died January 21, 2013.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, son of Howard Robert Purpura and Mildred Mazaney on June 5, 1940. Directly after high school Howard joined the Air Force, serving at Fort Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, TX. After graduating from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, he moved to San Antonio and began a 30+ year career as a high school theatre/media/speech instructor, directing students in the Southwest and Edgewood School districts. His love for young people also led to his service as a youth minister at Manor Baptist Church and a teacher for San Antonio Youth Literacy. In his retirement, Howard continued to hone his skills as a director and co-founder of a theatre group for the Del Webb Hill Country Community.

Howard was most happy with family and friends around him, and his favorite pastime was making them laugh. He will be greatly missed by his family and those who called him friend, which is just about everyone he ever met.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Merrie McConnell-Purpura, son Christopher M. Purpura, his wife Kendall and grandchildren Kyler Cienna (2) and Bracken Ross (2 months). An open Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 2-4:30pm (Dedication at 3pm) on February 2nd at the Del Webb Hill Country Community Center, 4550 Del Webb Boulevard (210-679-0303).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to San Antonio Youth Literacy 700 N. St Mary's, Suite 210, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210-299-1533) or the San Antonio Theatre Coalition P.O. Box 830963 (210-779-6782). Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.sunsetnwfuneralhome.com

Published in Express-News on Jan. 30, 2013
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