John Harley Purdy, age 79, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2019, at the Community Home Health and Hospice center in Vancouver, Washington. He was born on April 25, 1939, to John and Sigrid (Lindquist) Purdy in Omak, Washington. He was the youngest of five children. John was a graduate of Hoquiam High School in 1958. After graduating, he served in the Army Reserve for a short time. From 1964 to 1982 he was married to Beverly June Perry, and together they shared three children and two step-children.
John spent much of his adult life hauling logs to provide for his family, which was one of his strongest passions in life. Driving log truck was his main topic of conversation, even to the very end. Other things John enjoyed were camping, motor cycle riding, four-wheeling, and shooting guns. Later in his life, John shared a special relationship for many years with Brenda Quinn. As he was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, and John struggled with the activities of daily living, Brenda always made sure every aspect of his life was taken care of.
John is survived by his two sons, John Jr. (Carol), Gary (Tina); one daughter, Cindy Busch (Scott); one stepson, Steve (Lisa) Perry; five grandchildren, Susan Purdy, Brandy Purdy, David Busch, Tyler Busch, and Vance Busch; several nieces and a nephew.
There will be a celebration of life announced later.