Wayne “Jody” Purves, age 87 passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family after celebrating the holiday. He was born on April 11, 1932 in Owosso, Michigan the son of Joseph L. and Heloise A. (Washburn) Purves. Jody graduated from Ovid High School in 1949. On September 11, 1954 he married Patricia A. Stanton in Ovid. Jody was a dairy farmer his entire life and retired in 1997.
Jody was a member of Burton United Methodist Church and the Ovid Masonic Lodge. He loved spending time with family, working in his orchard, woodworking, snowmobiling, traveling, fishing and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Pat. Daughters, Maurine Homola of Owosso, Lori (David Jr.) Stechschulte of Owosso, Lois (Lynn) Gruesbeck of Laingsburg and Patty (Lloyd) Peck of St. Johns. Grandchildren, Brandon (Nikki) Homola, Jaeson (Christie) Homola, Sarah (Tom) Moore, Amanda (Josh) Atkinson, Meagan (Joe) Merlo, Lindsey (Kevin) Bell, Katie (Joel) Roseberry, Tricia (Ben) Moreno and Tim (Holly) Mead. He is also survived by 14 great grandchildren and step-brother Burt (Sandy) Case of Ovid. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jim Purves and step-sister Betty Case.
The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Sunday, December 29, 2019, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Owosso Township. Memorials may be given to Memorial Healthcare Hospice, 826 W. King St., Owosso, Michigan 48867 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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