E lwin D. Purvee, 89
Mr. Elwin Dwight Purvee, 89, died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Indian River Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Granville, New York after a long illness.
Elwin was born Nov. 20, 1921 in Horicon, New York the son of the late Dwight and Marian (Wells) Purvee.
Mr. Purvee was a resident of Granville for many years and during his earlier years of his life he owned and operated a small family farm where he primarily bred and raised livestock for resale at various livestock auctions. At the same time he was employed as a truck driver for the Washington County Highway Department retiring from there in 1982 after twenty years of employment. After his retirement, Elwin still enjoyed going to livestock auctions and visiting with his many friends he met during that part of his life and going to the rodeos at Pond Hill Ranch. Elwin was a member of the local chapter of the Teamsters Union representing the drivers for the Washington County Highway Dept.
Elwin is survived by his two daughters, Violet Williams and her husband, Richard, of Granville, NY; Nancy Gordon and her husband, Robert, of Bremerton, Wa.; his sister, Carrie Smith of Saratoga, NY; his brother, Wilford Purvee of Arlington, Texas; two grandchildren, Robert E. Gordon and his wife, Meredith, of Bremerton, Wa.; Jason B. Gordon and his wife, Christie, presently serving in the USAF, stationed in Las Vegas; three great grandchildren, Marcus Gordon, Christian Gordon and Michael Gordon; one step granddaughter, Robin Williams; four step great granddaughters, Andrea and Kriscadel Gordon, Amanda and Shaniah Williams; several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Henrietta (Begor) Purvee, who died April 30, 2000; two sisters, Mertie Harpp and Vivian Byrnes, also by three brothers, Clarence, Clifton and Daniel Purvee.
Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 11 a.m.. at the Durfee Funeral Home, 119 North Main Street, Fair Haven, Vt. with Rev. Jim Peterson, Pastor of the Granville Baptist Church officiating.
Visiting hours for family and friends will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the funeral home.
Rather than flowers, Elwin’s family requests memorial contributions in his memory to the Granville Rescue Squad, PO Box 153, Granville, NY 12832.