Keith W. Purviance

Keith W. Purviance, 76, of Belleville, Illinois, born Saturday, August 3, 1935, in Decatur, IL, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Cedar Ridge Healthcare in Lebanon, Illinois.

Mr. Purviance retired from Illinois Power Company after 40 years of service. He was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville served as treasurer and Elder. He loved to sing; beginning with the A Choir and Modernaires at Decatur High School, Men's Glee Club at the University of Illinois, appearing live on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1955, the Decatur Park Choir, The Metro East Community Chorale and various Church Choirs.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: Webster M. and Beulah nee Davis, Purviance
  • Son: Douglas Purviance
  • Granddaughter: Theresa Purviance

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Carol G. nee Brust, Purviance of Belleville, Illinois
  • Children
    • Deborah (Kevin) Kaufhold of Belleville, IL
    • David Purviance of Marissa, IL
    • Diane Purviance of Marissa, IL
  • Step-Children
    • Scott Pruett of Woodlawn, IL
    • Donna Pruett of South Pasadena, CA
  • Grandchildren
    • Dustin Purviance
    • Brandon Purviance
    • Graeme Purviance
    • Jessica (Tony) Schneider
    • Julie Seymour
    • Coreen Kaufhold
    • Kay Pruett
    • Kim Pruett
    • Ken Pruett
    • Mackenzie Walsh
    • Alexandria Pruett
  • Step-Sisters
    • Normalu (Bill) Brook of Ft. Meyers, FL
    • Winona (Roy) Benedetti of Fountain Hill, AZ
  • Cousin: Pat (Hank) Pillard of Joliet, IL
  • 5 Great-Grandchildren

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church 1303 Royal Heights Road Belleville, IL 62223

Visitation:  Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m , Friday, April 20, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home ,with Rev. Elizabeth Kanerva officiating. By his request cremation was held.

Condolences left for Keith W. Purviance:

    Carol, so sorry to hear of Keith's death, please accept my condolences.

    Marilyn Linton Belleville IL 62226

    Debbie, Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Losing a parent is devastating. If you need anything please call us.
    George Chance & Linda Peters

    George Chance & Linda Peters Caseyville IL 62232

    Keith was a well known figure in the First United Pres family. We pray for God's peace and comfort to Carol and the family.

    Les & Alison O'Neal Fairview Heights Illinois 62208

    I worked with Keith during his years at IP. He was a person that was well liked. I know you will miss him.

    Robert Trotter Decatur IL 62526

    Keith was my first boss after I graduated from engineering school in 1972. I learned much and it has served me well for an entire career. I have thought of Keith often and will always appreciate the mentoring I received from him.

    Dean Park St. Louis Missouri 63146

    Debbie, Diane, David and all the children~ We are thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time.

    George and Kelly

    Kelly Martin Fishers In 46937

    Dear Debbi, David, Diane and Carol, May you be comforted by God's promises and his love. We love your family and will remember Keith fondly. God be with you and keep you. Love, Dorothy and Joe

    Joe and Dorothy Lexa Palm Harbor Florida 34685

    To the Purivance Family:

    I am so sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Please know that we will keep you all in our prayers & thoughts.

    Shari & Mike Steele Normal IL 61761

    Debbi,David and Diane, our deepest sympathy to you. Dinna and I always enjoyed hanging out at your house when we were kids. We have many fond memories of your folks and family.

    Ed Flure Fairview Hgts IL 62208

    My dear Carol, I am so so sorry to hear about Keith, he was a dear friend. He was kind as well as a good listener. I love you both. May God give you peace and strength. God bless you all, love, Mary Jane

    Mary Jane McGrew Belleville IL 62221