Thomas Allen Purdie, 76, of Parkdale, Ore., passed away July 30, 2012, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was born on Nov. 19, 1935, in Boone, Iowa, to Curtis L. and Ruth A. (Pritchard) Purdie.
Tom’s father worked for the railroad, therefore Tom enjoyed living in numerous areas growing up and attending schools in Iowa, New York, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and he graduated from high school in Skagway, Alaska, in 1953.
After his graduation Tom joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Howard W. Gilmore until his honorable discharge in 1956. He moved to San Jose, Calif., where he worked for FMC (Food & Machinery Corporation) in marketing and set-ups of new plants.
Tom was on his way to the World Fair in Spokane, Wash., and made a detour and found Parkdale — he never made it to the fair but he found where he wanted to live. He returned to California only to quit his job, gather his belongings and move to Parkdale, where he has resided since.
Tom began his career as a contract excavator and operated his own business until health forced him to retire in 1999.
He enjoyed the outdoors either working or playing! He enjoyed snow skiing, boating or cruising in his hot rod truck during “Hot August Nights.” He was a member of the Hood River Elk’s Lodge and also enjoyed tinkering around in his shop fabricating or welding.
Tom is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife, Barbara Purdie, of Parkdale, Ore.; children Tracie Cordova, Kellie Czekay, John Thomas and Randy Thomas; five grandchildren: Corey, Noah, Harlan, Hayden and Josie; brother, Peter Purdie and other distant family and many, many friends that he has collected over the years.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Kirk.
A private family gathering with military honors was held Aug. 2 at Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Memorials are encouraged to be made in memory of Tom to the Special Olympics and sent care of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River OR 97031; 541-386-1000.
Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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