Jerry L. Purdy, 81

Jerry L. Purdy, 81, North Manchester, passed away at 3:55 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2016 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

Jerry was born to Paul G. and Mary E. (Baker) Purdy on April 3, 1935, in North Manchestera. He graduated from Chester High School in 1954. On April 28, 1962 Jerry married Marcea S. Brandenburg. Jerry served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Deming Lodge No.88 F & AM, North Manchester,  the Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, Mizpah Shrine, and Scottish Rite, both of Fort Wayne.

After retirement from Sun Oil Company, Huntington, Indiana in 1997, where he was a transport driver, he made 370 trips transporting children to Shriner's Hospital in Chicago.

Jerry is survived by his wife Marcea S. Purdy, North Manchester; a brother Richard (Phyllis) Purdy, North Manchester; a sister Julia A. Badskey, North Webster, Indiana; six nephews and two nieces.

Jerry was preceded in death by a sister Janet King.

Visitation is Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. A Masonic service will be Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016  2 p.m. at the  mortuary, with the funeral service immediately following.

Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. For those who wish to honor the memory of Jerry L. Purdy, memorial contributions may be made to the Mizpah Shrine Transportation Fund, 1015 Memorial Way, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Condolences may be sent at


Posted on 2016 Aug 30