Funeral Services: Will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenfield United Methodist Church with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. Full military graveside rites will be held by the Fontanelle American Legion Carlson Post No. 247 and the Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 265 and V.F.W. Post No. 5357.
Masonic Services: Will be held at the Greenfield United Methodist Church on Tuesday during the funeral service conducted by the Crusade Lodge No. 386 A.F. & A.M..
Family Visitation: Will be held on Monday, February 20th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials: To the Fontanelle American Legion Carlson Post No. 547 or the Good Samaritan Society.
Ronald Floyd Purdy was born April 29, 1920, to Sherman Floyd and Muriel Augusta (Pierce) Purdy in Adair County, Iowa. He passed away on Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle at the age of 91.
Ron grew up and attended rural schools in Adair County. In 1937, he graduated from Greenfield High School. Ron was united in marriage to Helen Rosser on November 1, 1942, in Stuart, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Ted, Jeanette, Barbara, Jerry, and Jack. They moved to Brownsville, Texas where he was in the service then to Fort Riley, Kansas. He served in Burma in W.W. II and the reserves during the Korean Conflict. When he returned from the service they farmed in the Fontanelle area until 1959 when they purchased a farm near Greenfield. Upon retirement they moved into Greenfield in 1995.
Ron enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golfing, traveling, Legion and Masonic activities. He especially loved being with his family and friends. Ron served as Adair County Supervisor for twelve years.
He was a member of the Greenfield United Methodist Church, Fontanelle American Legion Carlson Post No. 247, Crusade Lodge No. 386 A.F. & A.M., and the Greenfield Country Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen in 2000; son, Ted Purdy; three brothers, James, Dallas and Tom Purdy; sister, Jean Weed; son-in-law, Arthur Gates; and two brothers-in-law, Terry Davis and Lonnie Weed.
He is survived by his children, Jeanette Kern and husband David of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Barbara Purdy-Gates of Millbrae, California, Jerry Purdy and wife Roxanne of Adel, Iowa and Jack Purdy and wife Peggy of Maryville, Missouri; nine grandchildren; two step grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; brother, Durwood Purdy and wife Dorothy of Fontanelle; three sisters, Linda Jensen and husband Kay of Fontanelle, Patricia McDermott and husband Mike of Fontanelle and Beth Davis of Altoona, Iowa; five sisters-in-law, Wanda Purdy of Greenfield, Evelyn Purdy of Fontanelle and Mary Purdy of Galena, Illinois, Charlotte Lewis and Ione Johnston of Stuart; other relatives and friends.