VAN WERT, Ohio — Richard “Allen” Purkeypile, 70, of Van Wert, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Firelands Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

He was born June 25, 1943, in Convoy, Ohio, the son of the late Richard L. and Sylvia (Hammack) Purkeypile.

He married Ella L. (Mondary) Purkeypile who preceded him in death in 1978.


He graduated from Lincolnview H.S. and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Purkeypile retired from Federal Mogul on March 1, 2001, after 33 years of service.

He loved to go camping and fishing.

Survivors include two brothers: Gary (Tracy) Purkeypile of Tennessee and Ron Purkeypile of Van Wert, and two sisters: Montie (Terry) Hasch of Van Wert and Deborah (Michael) Roehm of rural Ohio City. He also had several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother: Don Purkeypile.

Funeral arrangements were made by Pfeil Funeral Home in Sandusky, Ohio.

There will be a memorial service at a later date for the family.