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Thomas Purcell

Thomas E. Purcell, age 76, of Huron, died Sunday, October 8, 2006, at the Huron Nursing Home. A private burial service will be held at Kemp, Texas at a later date. Memorials in Tom's name may be sent to the Beadle County Humane Society, 5063 Dakota Avenue South, Huron, SD 57350.

Thomas E. Purcell, Jr. was born November 29, 1929, at Victoria, Texas, to Thomas Edwin and Mary Emma (O'Connor) Purcell. He was reared in East Texas and worked as a wildcatter in the oil fields before attending International Bible College in Lubbock. He married Joyce Ellon Dorsey on December 23, 1951. She died August 9, 1989.

He owned and operated TEPCO Construction, an underground utility company, laying water lines in Houston for many years and retired to his lake-front home in Seven Points, Texas. He moved to Huron in April 2000, experiencing Huron's historical snowfall that winter. He enjoyed woodworking and was the craftsman of the downtown decorations over the past several years.

He was very proud of his military service in the U.S. Army, and always honored the men and women of the military.

Thomas Purcell is survived by his daughter, Sherrie (John) Single, of Huron; his son, Donald Purcell, of Austin, Texas; a grandson, Aaron (Kara) Purcell, of Baytown, Texas; three great grandchildren, Timothy, Dylan, and Aiden; and two sisters, Ayesha Condra and Irene Ward, both of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; his brother, Jerry; and a grandson, Adam.