John Richard Purviance died July 15, 2007, in Fort Myers, Fla., after a prolonged illness.
John was born on March 28, 1918, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late Earnest and Grace (Williams) Purviance of New Paris, Ohio.
He was a 1936 graduate of Fairview High School. He attended Purdue University where he studied engineering until World War II broke out and he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He married Dorothy Jean Carter of Dayton Ohio, in 1944 and had three children.
He was employed by Eaton Corporation and eventually worked at the Tech Center in Farmington Hills, Mich., as a method engineer until he retired in 1983.
He retired to Salem, S.C., where he enjoyed boating and golf and was a member of Keowee Key Country Club in Salem, S.C., and very active within the Keowee Key community.
Survivors include his wife. Nancy; three children, Dr. David C. Purviance of Glastonbury, Conn., Richard D. Purviance of Louisville, Ky., and Suzanne Harris of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren, David Scott Purviance, Dr. John D. Purviance, Dr. Kevin C. Purviance, Adam Tyler Purviance, Katherine M. Purviance and Jean R. Purviance; two great-grandchildren, Justin T. Purviance and Ryan C. Purviance.
Memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in Springlawn Cemetery in New Paris, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.