Jim E. Purkhiser age 56

Jim E. Purkhiser age 56


Mr. Jim E. Purkhiser age 56 of Salem passed away Tuesday, April 12 at Floyd Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Purkhiser was born November 1, 1959 in Washington County, Indiana the son of James Willard “Bud” and Luella McKinley Purkhiser.  He was a farmer.  Jim graduated from Salem High School in 1978 and completed a short course at Purdue University.  He was a past member of Salem Farmer’s Club and Washington County Cattleman’s Association. He was a  past Director for East Washington Water Board.

Jim is survived by his wife:  Tracy Rutherford Purkhiser.  They were married March 12, 1983.  He is also survived by a son:  Nick Purkhiser of Salem, a daughter:  Mariah Blankenbaker (Clinton) of Salem, two grandchildren:  Kason and Keeley Blankenbaker, and his mother:  Luella Purkhiser of Salem.  He was preceded in death by his father:  James Willard “Bud” Purkhiser.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3-8PM and Friday from 9AM-time of service.