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Jack LeRoy Purchase, age 68, of Erwin, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at the Center on Aging and Health. He was a native of Omaha Neb., and was the son of the late Samuel and Bernice Shew Purchase.
He served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Vietnam Conflict era, retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a jet engine technician.
Survivors include his wife: Linda Goble Purchase, Erwin; daughter: Kristine Wade and husband Steve, Erwin; son: Jeffrey Purchase and wife Susanne, Rapid City, S.D.; brothers: Paul Purchase of Minnesota, Ron Purchase of Iowa, Gary Purchase of Nebraska, Bill Purchase of Nebraska; grandchildren: Zac Wade, Erwin, Shelby Wade, Erwin, Alia Purchase, Rapid City, S.D., Jacob Purchase, Rapid City, S.D.; mother-in-law: Edna R. Crowe, Erwin and a large extended family
A memorial service was held on Thursday, August 2, at 2 p.m., at Mountain Home National Cemetery. The Rev. Michael Vaughn officiated. Military graveside honors were conducted by the Tennessee Army National Guard.
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Valley Funeral Home was in charge.