Edward Thomas Purdy, 96, of Gillespie, Ill., died at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, on Monday, June 26, 2023. He was born July 7, 1926, in Sawyerville, to Robert and Ann Ferrie Purdy. He married MaryLou White on July 2, 1960, in Gillespie, and she preceded him in death.

He was retired after having been a Missouri Lutheran Synod clergy for over 30 years. Edward was a veteran of the U.S. Army after having served during World War II. He wrote a book of short stories and poems. He enjoyed painting landscapes, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Alan) Stanevich of Beecher; grandchildren, Rachel Stanevich, Melissa Stanevich; and sister, LaNora Scrapel of Maryville. Edward was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brothers, Robert Purdy and Alfred "Chick" Purdy.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 1, at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton.

Memorials are suggested to donor's choice. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at http://www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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