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Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL

OBITUARY

Thomas "Wayne" Purvis

June 2, 1941March 8, 2020

Thomas “Wayne” Purvis, age 78, of Marco Island, FL passed away peacefully at home on March 8, 2020. He was born in Gordonsville, KY and was preceded in death by his parents H.T. and Josephine Purvis.

Mr. Purvis graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1964 then joined the Army and was attached to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. He met his future wife, Susan, when her parents moved to his hometown. They celebrated their 53rd anniversary in August 2019.

Mr. Purvis spent almost 30 years working in the electrical industry and before retirement was the Executive President of Sales and Marketing for EGS Electrical Group in Chicago Illinois. He also worked in the oil industry in Shreveport, LA for four years as President of Anglo Marine and Petroleum Equipment, an oil field equipment company. He and his wife resided in Barrington, IL for 20 years before retiring to Marco Island in 2006.

Mr. Purvis is survived by his loving wife, Susan, daughter Tracie Platt (David), son Michael Purvis (Emily), sister Gina Sutton (Andrew), seven grandchildren: Paige, Hazle, Ashleigh, Thomas, Violet and step-grandchildren Daniel and Alyson.

He loved reading, riding his Harley, golfing, traveling and volunteering in the local community. Mr. Purvis was a member of The Island Country Club, Sunrise Rotary where he served as treasurer and was a Paul Harris Fellowship recipient, and named Rotarian of the Year in 2011-2012. He was also a board member of Christmas Island Style and was responsible for their annual golf tournament for several years. He helped organize the very first Meals of Hope packaging event on Marco Island in 2006.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic a Celebration of Life and reception will be rescheduled at a future date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations in his name be made to Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research 1100 Peninsula Blvd Hewlett, NY 11557 or Meals of Hope 2221 Corporation Blvd. Naples, FL 34109.

Services

  • Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic a Celebration of Life and reception will be rescheduled at a future date.

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Bob Vance

March 16, 2020

Susan,

What I remember most about Wayne.....he was ALWAYS upbeat.....always had a smile....was fun to be with.

Bob Vance

Dawn Foster

March 12, 2020

Mr Wayne ~ what an amazing man!! I had the privilege of getting to know Wayne while he was undergoing rehab at home. My immediate thoughts of him are of his love of life, courageousness, laughter and immense intelligence and the many ways our conversation would lead. He was always a very hard worker no matter how he felt. Such a blessing to me to have known such an incredible man! He will be missed! Love to the family and especially his loving and ever present wife Susan. Her remarkable courage and steadfast care will not be forgotten.

Christine Sutton Todd

March 12, 2020

So sorry to hear of your families loss. We hope your fond memories of Wayne provide comfort during this difficult time! Love to you all!

Dick Stone

March 11, 2020

Susan,
You and Wayne were so gracious to me when my family was in transition from Denver to Chicago to work for Wayne. He was a great mentor to me while we worked together at Appleton. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, he was a wonderful guy!
Sincerely,
Dick Stone

RANDY ANDERSON

March 11, 2020

Susan:
Wayne will always have a special place in my heart. When I started my accounting firm he was one of my first 3 clients and he continued to allow me to prepare your tax return for the next 34 years. He was a Vice President at Browning at the time and it meant a lot to me to have someone at that level of the organization trust me with their tax return.
Audrey and I also have fond memories of our visit with you and Wayne in Marco Island.

John Sica

March 10, 2020

Susan:
So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. Always thanked Wayne for giving me the opportunity to work for him at Appleton. Phyllis and I will remember our many conferences and the great times we had with both you and Wayne.

Respectfully

Phyllis and John Sica

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY