September 6, 2006


LORENZO DEGOIA PURCHAS, 99, died at 4:55 a.m. Sept. 2, 2006, at Plus Health Care Nursing Home.

He was born July 17, 1907, in Pulaski, Ill., to Noble and Edna Perkins Purchas, who preceded him in death. He married Maggie James, who died April 6, 1970.

Mr. Purchas had been self-employed as a real estate agent.

Survivors include a son, James (Helen) Purchas of South Bend, Ind.; two daughters, Loretta Ware of Houston, Texas, and Lorraine Purchas of Lima; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Otis Purchas; and a grandchild.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Clark Funeral Home. The Rev. Melvin J. Woodard will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

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