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Gene Purcell
83, Oblong, Illinois

Visitation: 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Saturday April 10, 2010 ~ Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, Il And Sunday 9:00 A.M. Until Time Of Service

Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M. Sunday, April 11, 2010 ~ Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, Il

Memorials: Oblong Children'S Christian Home Or Oblong Schools Academic Foundation ~ Envelopes At Or May Be Mailed To The Funeral Home

Masonic Service: 8:00 P.M. Saturday April 10, 2010 ~ Oblong Masonic Lodge #644

Military Rites Conducted By: Oblong American Legion Post #219

Gene Purcell, 83, Oblong, IL passed away at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL. Born in Jasper County, IL on September 8, 1926, he was the son of Charles Purcell and Leona (Robinson) Purcell. He was a graduate of Oblong High School ~ Class of 1944. He served with the Army Air Corp. He was employed with Mont Eagle Mills, Oblong for over 40 years retiring in 1995. Gene was a member of the First Christian Church, Oblong. He was a lifetime member of the Oblong Masonic Lodge #644 serving as Worshipful Master in 1963 & 1966, National American Legion and Robinson Elks Lodge #1188. His hobbies included reading about history and traveling.

On October 17, 1946, he married Louise Hargis, who survives. Gene & Louise had celebrated their 63rd Wedding Anniversay. Also surviving is one son and daughter-in-law, Mike & Sharon Purcell; two grandchildren, John & Lori and Josh; two great-grandchildren, Jared and Anna; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl & Janice Purcell; one sister, Louise Miller; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Clinton (Carol) Purcell and Mrs. Ronnie (Gloria) Purcell and several nieces and nephews.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Linda A. Purcell - May 1, 1996; three brothers, Aaron, Clinton & Ronnie Purcell.

Bro. Harry Randolph will be officiating the funeral service with burial in Oblong Cemetery, Oblong, IL.



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