POLAND, Ohio -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, 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 WWII, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps.
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.
William E. Purton
For many years, he was a member of St. Aloysius Parish and recently he was a member of St. Agatha Parish in West Point, Ohio. 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 Purton Claney, and her husband Bill, of Brookfield, Ohio, a son, Patrick W. Purton, and his wife Mary Rose, of Struthers, Ohio, and a brother, Robert Purton, of New Middletown, Ohio. There are three grandchildren: Julie Detchon, and her husband Scott, Patrick S. Purton, and his wife Renee, and Gloria Stack, and her husband David, along with six great grandchildren.
Friends may visit Thursday evening at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 5 to 9 p.m. Fr. Robert Edwards of will conduct a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Holy Trinity Parish in East Liverpool.
Burial will be at 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.