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Marvin A. Purvis

June 8, 1940 — July 26, 2022

Marvin Purvis, 82, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at his home. He was born on June 8, 1940 in Watseka, the son of Alfred "Bud" & Edna Redburn Purvis and they preceded him in death. Marvin married Abby McCain Denham in Watseka on October 11, 1986.

Surviving are his wife, Abby Purvis of Watseka; two daughters, Michelle (Terry) Brutlag of Crescent City and Marcia (John Feener) Purvis of Hobe Sound, Florida; stepson, Greg Denham of Watseka; brother, Duane (Pam) Purvis; sister, Joyce (Craig) Franklin; four grandchildren, Jenna Brutlag, Austin Hrzic, Hally Denham and Todd Martson; one great-grandson, Trevor Martin; and several nieces and nephews.

Upon graduation from Watseka High School in 1958, Marvin worked at the Watseka Republican newspaper and Uarco Business Forms in Watseka. Then he and his brother Duane established Purvis Carpet Service and enjoyed a successful business installing floor coverings and tile for 35 years. He was dependable & hard working and a perfectionist who preached "you do the job right or don't do it at all". He was also knowledgeable in antiques and bought and sold antiques and collectables as a side business. He was a multi-talented person who could do many things and was successful at everything he tried to do. He enjoyed many activities including collecting, gardening, traveling, woodworking, and reading (especially Louis L'Amour's books) and was an avid snow skier. Marvin and Abby enjoyed an annual ski trip in the western mountains until Marvin was 70 years old.

He cared deeply for the community; serving eight years as alderman on the Watseka City Council and was appreciated for his honesty, availability, response to constituent's needs and a common sense approach to issues. He was never afraid to stand his ground if he believed in something. He was a member of the Watseka Elks for many years.

He was a generous, loving, outgoing, upbeat person who "never met a stranger" and who was devoted to family and would forego anything to spend time with them. He was married to Abby for 35 years and rarely was one seen without the other. They could frequently be seen enjoying a night on the dance floor and they maintained a Friday night date tradition for their entire marriage, often at Greg's Bar and Grill (formally Miss Karol's) where anyone was invited to pull up a chair and join them.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Tom McCann officiating. Internment of ashes will follow at the Prairie Dell Cemetery near Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to Watseka Elks Lodge Children's Coat Drive or to the Watseka Fire Department.

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

9:00 - 11:00am (Eastern time)

Knapp Funeral Home - Watseka

219 S 4th St, Watseka, IL 60970

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