POLAND - William E. Purton, 93, formerly of East Liverpool, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at the Woodlands at Hampton Woods in Poland.
Born in East Liverpool, on Sept. 18, 1920, he was a son of the late Harry and Emma Ruhe Purton, and a member of the East Liverpool High School Class of 1939.
A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps.
William E. Purton
Bill returned to the area after the war and worked 29 years as a printer at the Evening Review. Later, he worked as a custodian at the Ceramic Museum from its inception until retiring in 1985.
For many years, he was a member of St. Aloysius Parish and recently he was a member of St. Agatha Parish in West Point.
He was a member of the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association and its Olde Guard, the Chester American Legion Post 121, the Tri-Angle Senior Citizens and the East Liverpool Train Club.
His wife, Sarah F. Savage Purton, died April 23, 2004. The couple married May 17, 1947. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ernie Purton and Herbert Purton.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary (Bill) Purton Claney of Brookfield; a son, Patrick W. (Mary Rose) Purton of Struthers; and a brother, Robert Purton of New Middletown. There are three grandchildren, Julie (Scott) Detchon, Patrick S. (Renee) Purton and Gloria (David) Stack, along with six great grandchildren.
Friends may visit from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Dawson Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Edwards will conduct a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at the Holy Trinity Parish in East Liverpool.
Burial will be in Columbiana County Memorial Park, where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will provide full military honors, after which family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center for a time of fellowship.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church, 854 Wilson Ave., Youngstown, OH 44506.
View Mr. Purton's memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.