William L. A. Pursel

July 24, 1925June 1, 2017

William “Bill” Lloyd Albert Pursel passed away at his home in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the age of 91. Bill is predeceased in death by his parents, John William “Bill” Pursel and Helen Magdalene “Madge” Frye, sister Jeanne Pursel (Henry) Chretien, and brothers Jack (Berniece) Pursel, Richard “Dick” Pursel (his twin), and Thomas “Tom” (Joan) Pursel. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mabel “Mac” Salisbury Pursel and his children William “Bill”, Kristie, and Kim (Bill) Toffelmire and her step children and their children. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Bill was born July 24, 1925 in Marshalltown Iowa. His family moved to Las Vegas in 1939. After graduating from LVHS (class of ’43), he was drafted into the US Army and served in The European Theatre WWII. He became a sales manager for KLAS Radio, and covered several atomic bomb explosions at the Nevada Test Site. He was a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Financial Consultant with The Paul Revere Life Insurance Company. He was president of The Life Underwriters Association of Nevada. He was active in The Las Vegas Jr. Chamber of Commerce, a founding member of The Sports Car Club of America in So Nevada, a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and belonged to both the Masonic Lodge and the Elks Lodge. He served two-four year terms as a trustee at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital (UMC). Thanks to Kindred Hospice, especially Brenda and Estella for their excellent care. Palm Downtown Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements. Services will be held Saturday, June 10th at 10a.m. in the chapel. Visitation will be 3-7p.m. on Friday, June 9. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charity

Arrangements under the direction of Palm Downtown Mortuary, Las Vegas, NV.


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 9, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 10, 2017

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, June 10, 2017


William L. A. Pursel

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Kathie Templet

July 24, 2017

Happy Birthday

Manfred Strunk

June 18, 2017

We are so proud to have been able to meet Bill and Mac in Las Vegas two years ago. We shared some hours and left as friends. It was a terrific visit and we will never forget this meeting.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways.

With love,
Manfred and Rita Strunk

the dienna's

June 10, 2017

he will be greatly missed.....
and we shall keep him forever in our hearts
our deapest sympathy go out to mac & her family, we are here whenever you need us dear!

all our love,
mark, beth, jamie, melissa, lori, bella & maddy

Daphne & Lyle Hoffman

June 8, 2017

Kim and family,
Losing a parent/family member is rough. My heart goes out to you and your family. Bill will be missed dearly. I've heard the saying Death leaves heartaches no one can heal, but love leaves memories no one can steal. Keep your memories close, share them, they will keep you strong. Our Condolences. Love you all.

Joe Pursel

June 8, 2017

My first memories of Bill were when the family moved to Vegas in 1939, he was 8 years older than me but the Pursel families got together as Bill's father, my Dad Harry Pursel, and other brother Myron (Doc) Pursel all worked together at Nevada Beverage Company. Then in Jan 42 we drifted apart when our family moved to Wisconsin (where I was born in 33), and later my older brother (Harry) and I went off to the Navy and never returned to Nv. But in the last 10 years we got somewhat reacquainted with visits to Vegas, and contact over the internet with Mac. One always wishes they had taken more time to visit and talk about the "good old days" and meet more of the families. But such was not the case. My wife (Naomi) and I will miss Bill but will stay connected through Mac. By older brother Harry (now living in WI), also sends his prayers and best wishes to Bill's family and the Pursel clan in Vegas. Joe Pursel, Bremerton WA

Mike & Kathie Templet

June 7, 2017

Jim & Pollee Gough

June 6, 2017

We are so happy to have been able to meet Bill, Mac, and their lovely daughter at their beautiful home in Las Vegas a few years ago. They are an extraordinary family. We will keep them in our hearts and prayers.

With loving wishes,
Jim and Pollee Gough

Bill Brencher

June 6, 2017

Mr. Pursel (still can't call him Bill) was one of the special men I looked up to growing up. He set the standard when it comes to great husbands and fathers I have known. I was so fortunate to be welcome into your house. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

June 5, 2017

Thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.'Jeremiah 29:11 NWT.

June 5, 2017

It has been my good fortune having crossed paths with Bill Pursel. My very first contact with Bill began on December 21 2007. Each and every day I thank my lucky stars having been able to call Bill Pursel my good friend... and as well consider Bill's wonderful family friends.

I will always regret not having personally shaken Bill's hand. My wife Betty Jane just yesterday expressed her regret as well that we never got to Vegas. Nevertheless for ten years Bill and I almost on a daily basis shared very long e-mails on every subject under the sun - many of which centered on our careers, our life's experiences and many political observations.

We had much in common... love of family and country. We were both veterans. We both played sports and I came to realize that Bill had been an exceptional athlete.... to no surprise to me. We were both baseball catchers... one specific BW Pursel family photograph that Bill had gifted to me showed Bill and twin brother Dick and brother Tom as well - Tom shown holding a catcher's glove.

First and foremost Bill Pursel was extremely proud of his entire family. Bill time and again expressed his love for his family and often referred to his wife Mac as his his angel. Over ten years Bill shared family stories and sent to me many family photographs that are now part of a very thick heavy notebook that so far weighs 7.4 pounds. I expect more e-mails will be printed out for safe keeping and for posterity - my grandchildren who already know Bill Pursel's name will eventually have this notebook to keep.

Bill Pursel was well versed in history and a man of quick wit. On a dime Bill was able to come up with a poem. Bill wrote marvelous family Christmas time poems. In so many ways I came to appreciate that Bill Pursel was an extraordinary and unequaled gentleman - friend.

Despite Bill's final days and his circumstance slowly passing into God's hands... when Mac told Bill that I had inquired about him... Bill was able to muster up his usual wit and humor - "tell him I'm still alive but really dead".

I will always remember Bill and his wonderful family. Bill shared not only Pursel family photographs Bill kindly sent along a BW photograph that included Bill, Yogi Berra and Micky Mantle that Bill had signed. Bill indicated that he had crossed paths with David Niven and other well known stars. Bill described an interesting story having confronted singer Vic Damone. Bill had seen General George S. Patton up close. Bill described how General Eisenhower had stopped to speak to Bill directly while Bill was oversaw German prisoners load rail cars.

There is and there will always be a huge vacuum left every morning because Bill's expected e-mail will not be. I will however always treasure my Bill Pursel memories especially his wisdom and his friendship that money could not buy.

May God bless my friend Bill Pursel.

William Davies
Pulaski, New York. Pulaski is not the end of the world but we can see it from here.