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MORRIS - Steven D. Purdy, 70, of Morris, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, with his family by his side.
Steve was born the son of Theodore and Jacqueline Purdy on Aug. 18, 1947, in Walton.
He served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from December 1968 to December 1970.
Steve was a longtime resident of Morris and involved in many community organizations. He was a member of the Red Knights, commissioner of the Morris Fire Department, American Legion Post 1135 Morris, and a board of directors trustee for Northeast Classic Car Museum. Steve was an avid musician and keyboard player, playing for more than 40 years with Don, Jim and Dale. He also coached youth soccer in Morris.
Steve will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He loved to spend time with friends and neighbors. Steve was famously opinionated and sarcastic. Steve handed these qualities down to his daughters. Steve was affectionately known as "DA." Steve enjoyed his therapy dogs, George and Gracie.
Steve is survived by his wife, Nancy; and his daughters, Heather (Stephen) Pond and Sarah Purdy (Tim Gould); grandchildren, Matthew, Benjamin and Emerson; brother, Dale (Shannon) Purdy; sister, Melissa (Roger) Frewert; cousin, Patrick O'Hara and family; uncle, Phillip Inglee and the "Lake Street Gang;" as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Steve was predeceased by his mother, Jacqueline; and step father, Bill Pickens.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Johnston Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, South New Berlin, with Father Steve White officiating.
Burial will be in the spring at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Steven may be made to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter or St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Published on November 6, 2017
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