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Edwin Dale "E.D." Purk, 83, of Van Wert, Ohio, died at 3:50 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Van Wert County Hospital at Van Wert.
He was born on May 5, 1928, in Allen County, Indiana, to Harley O. and Agnes C. Beauchot Purk.
He married Ruth Heath on April 17, 1948 in Dixon, Ohio; she died on August 25, 1990.
He worked for International Harvester Corp. in Fort Wayne for more than 33 years, retiring in 1981, and was a longtime member of Local 57 in Fort Wayne.
Surviving are two daughters, Janet Purk of Van Wert and Mrs. Bill (Bernita) Griner of Decatur; one sister, Mrs. Eugene (Betty) Brown of Van Wert; two grandchildren, Murlin D. Griner (and wife Kelly) and Corina Lister, both of Decatur; one stepgrandson, Alex Singleton of Decatur; four great-grandchildren, Samantha Griner and Zachary Lister of Decatur and Shawntel and Shelby Griner of Colorado; and two great-great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Chandler and Payton Meyer.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, in Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Rev. Paul Miller officiating.
Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery at Convoy, Ohio. Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the Emergency Medical Service unit at Van Wert or to CHP Visiting Nurses' Association.