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Franklin "Bud" Purkey

June 29, 2018
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FRANK “BUD” PURKEY, age 97, of Washington CH, formerly of Springfield, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Carriage Court of Washington CH.

He was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio to Paul and Florence Casey Purkey. He was a graduate of Bellefontaine High School and later attended the Coyne Electronic School in Chicago. Frank proudly served his country in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. He served with the 317th squadron and Air Commandos in Burma and China where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Bronze Cluster, the Air Medal with three Bronze Clusters, and the Asiatic Medal with two Bronze Stars. Frank retired from Civil Engineering at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1982 after twenty-four years of service. Frank had the ability to give everyone around him the gift of laughter. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, wildlife, and model railroading.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Ivolyn Jacobs, and Pauline Young.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Maryellen Reid Purkey, whom he married on November 30, 1945; and many nieces and nephews, including; Connie (Robert) Elliott, James (Phyllis) Anderson, Peggy Barnes, and Steven Anderson, all of Washington CH.

In keeping with Frank’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Summers Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to


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