James Joseph "Joe" Purcell, Jr. (57) of Dieterich

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Published on June 26 2012 9:19 am

James Joseph Purcell, Jr., 57, of Dieterich died at 9:10pm Sunday, June 24, 2012 at his home.

Private family services will be held.  Arrangements are under the care of Blake-Wright Funeral Home in Dieterich, IL.  The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.blakefh.com.

James Joseph was born on July 13, 1954 in East St. Louis, IL the son of James Joseph and Hazel Joann (Brummett) Purcell.  He married Rita Whitford on February 18, 1973 and she survives.  Joe had been a contractor doing home construction.  Joe enjoyed fishing, rabbit hunting and spending time with his family.

Joe is survived by: Wife Rita Purcell of Dieterich, IL...Mother – Hazel Joann Purcell of Swansea, IL...3 Children – James Joseph (Kelly Eckel) Purcell, III of Dieterich, IL, Andrew Michael Purcell of Dieterich, IL and JoAnn Francis (Jeffrey Samuel Larson) Purcell of Dieterich, IL...Brother – Tim Purcell of Highland, IL...4 Sisters – Lee Schaefer of Waterloo, IL, Lynn Bigham of Waterloo, IL, Lisa Kimbrell of Lynnsburg, IL and Joey Freeman of O’Fallon, IL...and 5 Grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his father and granddaughter Samantha Nicole Purcell.