Frank D. Purcell, 91

Frank D. Purcell, 91, Wabash, died at 4 a.m. on Nov. 14. He was born May 5, 1922 in Kokomo to Harry Charles and Frances Ruth (Piercy) Purcell.

Frank was a 1940 graduate of Kokomo High School. He served in the US Army in Europe during WWII. He married Ida Ruth Blackburn in Peru on Jan. 26, 1947; she died March 28, 1995. Frank was the Local Union Steward for Honeywell, Inc. from 1957-1975; he retired from Markhon, and was also a night watchman at Southwood High School. He was a member of the Peru Christian Church from 1935-1959, and a member of the Wabash Christian Church from 1959 to his death, where he was Elder Emeritus. He was well known for building miniature dollhouses and furniture.

He is survived by two daughters, Karen Sue Purcell and Mary Jo Purcell, both of Wabash; two nephews, Charles Neil Purcell, Florida, and Thomas (Debbie) Purcell, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and several other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Kenneth Neil Purcell, Wesley Clark Purcell, and Charles Monroe Purcell, and his sister, Mary Jo Purcell.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Melinda Kammerer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is the Wabash Christian Church.

The memorial guest book for Frank may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Nov 15