Jerald L. “Jerry” Purdy


Jerald L. “Jerry” Purdy, 79, of Columbus, passed from this life at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at his home.

Jerry retired from Reliance Electric as an audit inspector where he had worked for 37 years.

He was most recently employed at Sam’s Club and had previously worked at Otter Creek Golf Course and Timbergate Golf Course.

He was a member of First Christian Church, a 50-year member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 20, the Murat Shrine, Columbus Moose Lodge and Columbus Eagles Lodge.

He was a 1957 graduate of Franklin High School.

A sports enthusiast, Jerry enjoyed golfing, playing softball, coaching, watching IU basketball and the Indianapolis Colts.

Mr. Purdy was born in Indianapolis, July 31, 1937, to Samuel Lee and Freda Mae Meyers Purdy.

He married Jean Downing on June 14, 1980.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years; his children, Debbie (Ron) Anderson of Bargersville, Ricky Lee Purdy of Franklin, Mike (Jan├ęt) Purdy of California and Marvin (Meggan) Purdy of Franklin; grandchildren, Brandon (Jessica), Christopher, Devon, McKinley, Destiney, Abigayle, Morgan and Landon Purdy, Derrick Corley and Angela (John) Pine; great-grandchildren, Amira, Calyx, Tristan, Elijah, Carmyn, Zaidyn and Lilly Purdy and Preston and Nathan Corley; a brother, Jack Nolan (Iris) Purdy of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a stepdaughter, Chere Nichole Harrison.

The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home, 1029 Washington St., Columbus, with Ron Anderson officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to time of service Thursday at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Green Lawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Love Chapel or American Red Cross.

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