Rushville Republican

December 13, 2013

Carl E. Purcell, 95

Rushville Republican

---- — Carl E. Purcell, 95, a lifelong resident of Hancock County, peacefully passed away from this life at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Carl was born on March 11, 1918 in Shelby County. He was the son of Clyde R. and Edith M. (Church) Purcell. He married Florence “Flossie” A. (Houchin) Purcell on Nov. 2, 1941. They were together for 70 years. She preceded him in death on Dec. 9, 2011.

Carl was a partner in farming with his wife for 40 years. He worked for the State and Hancock County Highway Department, Morristown Elevator, East Side Screw Products in Greenfield and retired after 18 years. He was a member of the Shiloh Christian Church for 55 years and was very active in many aspects of the church. He spent time with his beloved lab dog, Duke.

Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn (Richard) Matlock of Morristown, Kathryn (Van) Mitchell of Greenfield, Donna (Carroll) Reddick of Carthage, Diann (Randy) Huffman of Greenfield; grandchildren, Debbie Chrisman, Dan Matlock, Kristina (Stan) Wine, Kelly (Phil Kalbaugh) Blessinger, Michelle (Steve) Wheatley, Chad (Abby Truitt) Hollenbaugh, Tresha Reddick and Jennifer Huffman; great-grandchildren, Meggan (Danny) Eaton, Hanna (Daniel) Chew, Jessica Blessinger, Courtney and Patrick Wheatley, Abby, Emmerson, Carter Hollenbaugh and Laura Willard; great great-grandchildren, Brandon and Jason Eaton; sister, Martha A. Marshall of Morristown; and brother, Max Purcell of Carthage.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Verl, Gene, Bob, Vincent, Clyde Wray; sisters, Lorene Carley and Ruby McMichael; and son-in-laws, Bill Parker and Marvin Lawson.

A funeral service will be held at noon Monday, Dec. 16 at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory in Greenfield with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Russel Jarvis and Pastor Fred Girdwood will be officiating. Burial will follow at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Christian Church, 4980 S. CR 500 E. Greenfield, IN 46140. Friends may share a memory or send a condolence at or email condolences to