Robert Dean Purdy, formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died peacefully at his home in Auburndale, Florida on May 10, 2023.
Dean to those who knew him, was born November 3, 1928 in Glenmont, Ohio to Herman and Cecil Purdy. He had one brother, Milt, and one sister, Eva, all who preceded him in death. Sixty-six years ago on September 16, 1956 in Defiance, Ohio, Dean married Marilyn Grussing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Traveling, watching sports and playing games were some of Dean’s favorite activities. He especially loved spending time at his cottage on Strawberry Lake entertaining friends and family, taking everyone for rides on the pontoon boat, grilling and tinkering in the garage. Family was a priority and Dean deeply and completely loved and supported them. He enjoyed many friends and they along with his family enjoyed his wisdom, wit and good nature. Spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren or any dog always brought a twinkle to his eye and a smile to his face.
Dean is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children Doug Purdy, of Edina, MN; Deb Winter (Jim), of Superior Twp., MI; Dianna Carlson (Rob) of Auburndale, FL; Dawn Vozar (Mike) of Coldwater, MI; grandchildren Justin Winter, Reid Winter (Brittany), Erin Hudak (Stephen), Ryan Carlson (Abbey), Nathan Purdy, Dan Purdy, Nicole Wachter (Doug); Melissa Vozar; and 8 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Dean’s life will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (671 Clinton St. Defiance, OH 43512). Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 10 a.m. with the service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens (29231 CR-424 Defiance, OH 43512). A luncheon with take place at St. Paul’s following the interment.
Schaffer Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital, or St. Paul Lutheran Church.