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John Elmer Purkey
John Elmer Purkey

December 11, 1937 - March 16, 2019
Born in Moline, Kansas
Resided in Pueblo, CO


John Elmer Purkey, 81, was born on December 11, 1937, in Moline, Kan. and passed away March 16, 2019, in Pueblo, Colo. Survived by wife, Mary Jo Purkey; children, Rhonda (Larry) Lewis, John R. (Karen) Purkey, Steve (Chawn) Spera and Chris Spera; grandchildren, Morgan (Nick) Henderson, Delane (Zackery) Moehring, Dylan Purkey, Colton Spera and Megan Spera; great-grandchild, Rae Lee Moehring; sisters-in-law, Anita Purkey and Kay Mulay; brother, Robert (Joann) Purkey; and loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Fred and LaFern Purkey; and brother, Jack Purkey. John was a member of the Fin and Feather, Elks and Eagles. He retired from King Soopers and enjoyed hunting with his buddies, Charlie, Norman and Steve Ames, Steve and Colton Spera, John, Dylan, Rob and Dustin Purkey, Bill Campbell, Danny Smith and fishing with his buddy Max Flint. Special thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Vialpando and Jennifer, Dr. Alonzo Pacheco and his wonderful staff. All of the home healthcare workers, Joni Fair Hospice House staff and Ulises Flores. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Celebration of life, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at St. Therese Hall, 300 Goodnight Ave. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005 or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, PO Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238. Online condolences,




Celebration of Life
Shrine of St. Therese Hall
300 Goodnight Ave.
Pueblo, CO US 81004
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:00 PM


Please read the funeral notice for detailed memorial information.
Please read the funeral notice for detailed memorial information.


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