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Roy Edward Purlee, age 78, passed away peacefully at his home September 2, 2016 surrounded by his family.

He was born March 25, 1938 to Cecil Lucas and Fern Rebecca (Libka) Purlee on a farm in Palmyra.

Roy grew up on a farm eight miles south of Salem. He attended Pierce Elementary School and graduated from Pekin High School in 1957.

He served in the National Guard and was a long time member of the Big Spring Church of Christ where he served as a Deacon. Roy loved farming and especially his International Harvester tractors.

He married Sharon R. McMahel on March 2, 1963 at Blue River Church of Christ north of Depauw.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul Purlee.

Besides his wife Sharon he is survived by two sons: David (Linda) Purlee and Stephen (Stacey) Purlee of Salem. Two daughters: Martha (Steve) Moore and Leah (Josh) Starrett of Pekin and one sister: Lena Shields of Salem. Twelve grandchildren: Laura, Weston, Malachi, Quentin, Holly, Lucas, Sawyer, Mason, Dallis, Mattie, Eliza, and Elsie.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Big Spring Church of Christ, 8029 South Big Springs Road Pekin, Indiana at 11:00 a.m.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm at Love Funeral Home, Palmyra and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Burial will follow in the Big Spring Church of Christ Cemetery.

Love Funeral Home, Palmyra, is in charge of all arrangements.