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George Allan Purdy, Sr., 91 of Avon Lake, formerly of Rocky River and Greeneville, TN, passed away Wednesday, June13, 2012 at his home. Mr. Purdy was born September 5, 1920 in Chicago , Ill. to Chester A. and Nellie (nee Rush) Purdy. He was a 1938 graduate of Hinsdale High School and a 1942 graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned his degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. After college Mr. Purdy enlisted in the United States Navy so he could fight for his country in World War II.

While in the Navy Mr. Purdy was instrumental in the development of torpedo detonators at the Naval Facility in Bremerton, WA. He was a gunnery officer aboard the CVE-93 Makin Island (Escort Carrier) in the South Pacific. He fought in Iwo Jima, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa.

After the war Mr. Purdy returned to his bride, Jan (nee Friberg). They made their home together in Pittsburgh and he began his career with Alcoa Aluminum in the research lab. In 1953 he moved his family, now complete with two sons, George Jr. and Tom, to Rocky River. He continued his work with Alcoa at the Cleveland Casting Plant. In retirement Mr. Purdy was a consultant for IESC, he and Jan travelled for more than 20 years with Mr. Purdy serving as an aluminum casting expert in more than 51 countries with assignments of 3-6 months each. In retirement he also began farming; raising cattle, horses and soybeans on his farm in Lodi, Oh. and later, to Greeneville , TN, to live in the beautiful Smokey Mountains . He and Jan returned to the Cleveland area in 2000 so they could be closer to their beloved family.

Mr. Purdy is survived by his son, Tom Purdy (Linda), of Westlake; his grandchildren Janet, Geoffrey (Cindy), Kristin, Tom Jr. (Annie), Christopher and Jennifer Leshiem (Ingar); great-grandchildren, Tristan, Griffin , Konrad, Ethan, Kailyn, Hayden, Gabe, Brynn and Cameron; and siblings, Dr. Bob Purdy (Lois), and Dorothy Amarandos. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jan; his dear son, George Jr. and his daughter in law, Ruth Purdy-Leslie.

.Memorial donations suggested to, George A. Purdy, Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Rocky River Education Foundation, 1101 Morewood Pwky, Rocky River, Oh. 44116. All services private, cremation by Busch Crematory. Arrangements by Busch Funeral Home, www.buschfuneral.com 440-933-3202 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY DAD