Lewis R. Purnell, 86

March 13, 2009

DEC. 30, 1922-MARCH 11, 2009

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Lewis R. "Peck" Purnell, 86, of 10 Grist Mill Drive, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Dec. 30, 1922, in Tamaqua, Pa., he was the son of the late G.W. Dewey and Margaret Krantz Purnell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, L. Joyce Reachard Purnell, in 1998. They were married Dec. 27, 1944.

He was a 1940 graduate of Tamaqua High School. He graduated with honors from Kutztown University in 1946 and completed undergraduate work at Bloomsburg and North Western universities. In 1952, he received his master's degree in education from George Washington University. He completed post-graduate work at Penn State, Western Maryland and Shippensburg universities.

He was employed as teacher, principal, coach, and assisting and acting superintendent by the Waynesboro Area School District from 1946 to 1975. He then was employed as assistant superintendent by West Shore School District in Cumberland and York counties from 1975 until his retirement in 1979.


He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of Church of the Apostle, United Church of Christ in Waynesboro, where he served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, choir member, deacon, elder, president of the consistory and was chairman of the fund drive to build the church.

He was a member and past president of Waynesboro Rotary Club, past chairman of Waynesboro Community Chest and the YMCA Drive, a member of Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America and Brace for an Ace Easter Seal Society, among other organizations.

He is survived by two sons, Craig R. Purnell of Fayetteville, Pa., and Donald K. Purnell of Falling Waters, W.Va.; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Michael K. Purnell.

Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro. The Rev. Carol A. Kipe will officiate. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, with military graveside services by Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard of Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Church of the Apostles, United Church of Christ, 336 Barnett Ave., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

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