William John Purves
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William John Purves
  • November 18, 1937 - October 15, 2016
  • Michigan

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William John Purves, "Bill", 78, went home to His Lord and Savior on October 15, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at Sparrow Hospice House. Mr. Purves was born on November 18, 1937 in Lansing, Michigan to Glen and Lulavene Purves.
Bill was employed at Demmer Corporation for 56 years. He served in the Army National Guard for 9 years. Bill was an active life-long member of Valley Farms Baptist Church serving as a Deacon and Trustee for many years. He also served his community of DeWitt Township and Clinton County in many capacities including: Charter member of the DeWitt Twp. Fire Dept., member of Southern Clinton County Sewer Authority, and DeWitt Twp. Board of Trustees. Bill enjoyed his time at Pretty Lake with family and friends, traveling with Alna, the Christmas season, and working hard.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alna; three children and six grandchildren: Paul and Brenda Weinner (Karl, Richard and Rebekah Spease, Victoria), Bryan and Janette Purves (Megan), Bradley and Holly Purves (JL and McKenna); one great-grandchild: Elizabeth; two sisters: Carol Hanchett and Dick and Charlotte Betz. He was predeceased by his parents and one sister: Glynnetia Moody.
Visitation 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 18 at the DeWitt Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home. Funeral Service Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11:00 a.m. at Valley Farms Baptist Church, 1141 E State Rd. Lansing, MI 48906 with Pastor Dave Leisman officiating. Interment at Gunnisonville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Sparrow Hospice House or Valley Farms Baptist Church. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.grdewitt.com