Phillip D. “Phil” Purdy

August 04, 1951 ‒ April 06, 2015

Fredericktown, Ohio

Phillip D. “Phil” Purdy, age 63, of Fredericktown, passed away on Monday April 6, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his family. Phil was born August 4, 1951 in Mount Vernon to Thomas and Blanche (Cox) Purdy. He was a 1969 graduate of Fredericktown High School where he was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams.

Phil was a masonry contractor for 35 years and for the past five years had been employed at Cardington Yutaka Technologies.

An avid horse racing enthusiast, Phil was a member of the United States Trotting Association and the Morrow County Harness Horseman’s Association. In the past Phil was an avid coon hunter.

Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law Dathan and Christy Purdy of Eustis, Florida, Ryan and Shaunna Purdy of Grand Island, Florida; six grandchildren Caitlyn Purdy, Carter Purdy, Clayton Purdy, Hayden Purdy, Evelyn Purdy, Evan Purdy; his brothers Marvin Purdy and Jim Purdy both of Fredericktown and his sister Wilma Brake of Fredericktown. Besides his parents, Phil was preceded in death by his sister Alma Cline.

Friends may call on Thursday April 9, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown.  There will be a private graveside service at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Phil’s name to:  American Cancer Society Central Region-Knox; 5555 Frantz Rd. Dublin, OH 43017 or Hospice of Knox County 17700 Coshocton Rd. Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of Phillip D. Purdy.

  • So very sorry to hear of your loss, may God Bless all of you and know that he’s in gods arms and is safe from any and all pain. I knew Phil from school and he was in the same class as my sister. The Henwood family

  • Sorry for your loss. We were class mates. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers

  • So sorry to learn of Phil’s passing. Praying that God will get you through this difficult time. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of Phils passing. Prayers for comfort and peace to the Purdy family. Phil was a wonderful neighbor and friend to us for many many years. He will be sadly missed

  • While I never had a chance to meet Phil in person I have learned a lot about him through my friendship with Rye and I know he will be greatly missed. I pray that your faith and trust in God’s perfect will comforts you during this difficult time. May you find joy this week as you celebrate his life and enjoy time with family and friends.

  • Dathan, Ryan and families; Wilma, Marvin and Jim, It is with great sadness I say goodbye to a good friend and co-worker. Memories of basketball practice in the old High School reminded me of all the “duck walks” we did after practice for coach Caviness, and the endless whistle drills up and down the court for coach Keady. All done to not only get us in shape, but to teach us valuable lessons we all still use. Don’t ever give up. Phil exemplified that in his life and his death. He never gave up and the word quit was not in his vocabulary. Good memories of a good friend. May the Peace that passes all understanding give you strength and comfort through this difficult time.

  • To the Purdy family,
    I had the honor to be Phil’s first, first grade teacher. It was in the little buildings behind the big school. Phil often went home for lunch and did not always want to go across the foot bridge, so his mother would always meet him at the bridge. We would remain friends for many years. Remember the good times. God Bless.

  • So sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. We were in the class of 1969 together. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • I live across the street from Phil and only learned of his passing today. I have known him most of my life. I grew up with his nephews Donnie and Jeff Cline and they always looked up to him. So sorry to hear the news.

  • Dathan, Rye and families,
    Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I have a lot of great memories of him growing up with you guys. I hope you find comfort in knowing he will no longer suffer. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Oh I looked at the paper an saw Phil’s name an could not believe it. We were classmates an sat close together all thru school. I am so sorry for the loss u have. Please all take care an remember the times u had with him. I do.

  • Dathan and Rye, my heart breaks for your loss. Phil was too young to leave you but you know how much he loved you and you will never lose that. We all have so many fond memories of the times we had together at grandpa’s farm. Hold onto those and so many more good memories as you grieve his passing. I love you!

  • Dear Dathan and Rye,
    It was with deep regret and sadness that I learned of the loss of your Father.
    My thoughts are with you and your families during this most difficult time.
    Tom Foster

  • Rye, Dathan & family,
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father! May you find comfort and peace in time knowing he is no longer suffering here. Yet always watching over each of you.

  • Donny sorry to hear of the passing of your Uncle. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Remembering all the good times will help in getting through this time.

  • I apologize for the lateness of this note. We were out of state when we heard of Phil’s passing, although we recently heard he was ill. We are so sorry for your loss. We hope you all have great memories to keep near and find comfort that Phil is no longer in any pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Chris and Dick