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Everett Lee Purscell

October 15, 1949 ~ June 9, 2019 (age 69)
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Everett Purscell, age 69, of Des Moines died Sunday at HCI Iowa Methodist Medical Center.  

A visitation with family and friends will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 6:30 p.m. at O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services in Norwalk on Monday, June 17th.  A Military Graveside Service will be tentatively on Tuesday, June 18th at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.  To sign his on-line guest book and send flowers for the service please select the "send tributes/flowers" tab above or call O'Leary's Flowers at (515) 981-0700. 

Everett's Life Story

Everett Lee, the son of Everett and Helen (nee: Emerson) Purscell was born on October 15th , 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up in Des Moines with his older brothers and sisters.

Everett attended East High School and SE Polk High School. Following high school he attended DMACC, studying HVAC courses. Everett was a medic in the Army during the Vietnam war from June 22nd, 1971 to October 5th, 1972. He cared for many in need of medical assistance and even those higher up and was awarded with many privileges due to that status.

Everett worked on the factory floor at EMCO for approximately 20 years, retiring in 2010, after suffering a stroke at home, with his wife.

Everett had some fierce survival skills and was a Golden Gloves Champion in middle school. He also played on a pool league at Highland Park Country Club and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends going to musical events, playing his harmonica, watching races on TV and in person at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Boone Speedway, Knoxville Raceway and the Iowa Speedway in Newton. He enjoyed traveling with anyone that would accompany him and most recently, with his brother to South Dakota.

Everett will be remembered for his love of his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He gave all he could to his family and more, when possible.

Everett is survived by his eight children; Michele Garcia of Des Moines, Angela Garcia of Phoenix AZ, David (Cyndi) Garcia of St. Louis MO, Jessica Chambers of Des Moines, Everett A (Amy) Purscell of Des Moines, Amy (DJ) Schmidt of Mesa AZ, Erik (Amanda) Purscell and Dustin Purscell of Des Moines; siblings, Barbara Dickman of Carlisle IL, Carl Purscell of Des Moines and Glenda Marvin of Wichita KS; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen (nee: Brown) Purscell; father, Everett Lee Purscell; mother, Helen (nee: Emerson) Purscell; and his siblings, John Purscell of Des Moines andGaylord Purscell of California; nephew, Rodney Purscell of Des Moines.

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