Ronald L. Purcell

Ronald L. Purcell

Sunday, July 31st, 1932 - Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
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RONALD LEE PURCELL, age 87 years of Delta, PA and formerly of York died at 6:21 pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the home of Michael and Khristine Lavin. He was the husband of the late Nola (Flahart) Purcell.

Ron was born in Baltimore, MD on July 31, 1932 a son of the late Carl E. “Perk” and Ruth (Parthree) Purcell. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and served from 1953-55. For most of his career, he worked as a cloth cutter for sewing factories including D&D Sewing and York Garment. From 1999 until its closing in 2005 he worked for Red Lion Manufacturing. After caring for his wife for over a year, and following her death, he worked from 2007 until his retirement in 2016 for Eastern School District.

Ron was an avid golfer, tournament poker player and near professional level bowler. He also enjoyed playing pinochle. His 2006 trip to Las Vegas was a highlight of his life, especially after the professional bowlers noticed him and invited him to join them for a few games. Ron thoroughly enjoyed attending the Delta Senior Center.

He is survived by
Two granddaughters: Jennifer Ulsh and her husband, David of Thomasville, PA
Ashley Purcell of Wrightsville, PA
Niece: Khristine Lavin and her husband, Michael of Delta, PA
He is also survived by five great grandchildren as well as several nieces whom he adored.
Ron was preceded in death by his sons; Martin Purcell in 2003 and Donnie Purcell in 1965.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 11 am at the Harkins Funeral Home, 600 Main St., Delta, PA.
Reverend Beth Holz of the Peach Bottom UM Charge will officiate.

Interment will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Delta.

The viewing will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 10-11 am, immediately preceding the service.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Harkins Funeral Home
    600 Main Street
    Delta, PA 17314
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Harkins Funeral Home
    600 Main Street
    Delta, PA 17314
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Beth R. Holz
  • Interment

    Mt. Nebo Cemetery
    962 Flintville Road
    DELTA, PA 17314
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Bob Searer

Posted at 09:56am
To Khristine and Michael especially:
Ronnie was a friend of our family for many years, and it was encouraging to know that you guys were so very interested in his well-being that he would stay with you during bad weather and, ultimately, live with you in these last years. He stopped by to say hello a few months ago and I joked about his new car being the flagship of Toyota. He said something like he had no idea; he just liked the color (not true but makes for a good story; he liked the car). We had a pretty good laugh. That will be my memory.
Wishing that you have fond memories that overwhelm the sadness of his loss.
Bob Searer (on behalf of the family of Margaretta Mobile Home Park)

Shirley Dailey

Posted at 07:08pm
Ron was a nice friend to have. Alot of class as well as fun.
We played cards at Susquehanna Senior Center.

Sandy Purcell

Posted at 02:59pm
The one thing I will always remember and never forget about Ronnie was his “stylish fashion”
“White crew socks and his leather loafers”

Kelcea Baldwin

Posted at 08:33pm
we will miss seeing ronnie at the collinsville drive in.

barbara (buckingham) baldwin Posted at 08:47am

i was thinking the same thing! he had a way of making his impromptu visits to our table comical and memorable ..

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