September 27, 2021 - October 05, 2016
George R. Purifoy Jr.
George R. “Bud” Purifoy Jr., 87, of Franklin Park, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at his home. George is survived by Jane H. Purifoy, his wife of 39 years; his first wife and mother of his children, Marilyn Purifoy; sister, Barbara P. Kelly, sons, Dana D. Purifoy, Gary G. Purifoy and Paul S. Purifoy; stepsons, Michael L. Platt and Jonathan A. Platt; grandchildren, Michelle Westbrook, Kathryn, Gregory, Matthew, Sara, Samantha and Stephanie Purifoy and Amanda, Jessica, David, Ethan and Hannah Platt; and great-grandchildren, Jacob Westbrook and Bradyn and Dreama Sue Klemmer. George graduated from Wilkinsburg High School in 1946 and later from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in geology. A passionate and beloved husband, father, colleague, friend, mentor, patriot, sailor, pilot, craftsman, marksman and adventurer, he lived the life of his dreams. A decorated Korean War veteran, he flew 25 combat missions in an F-84 Thunderjet. Following a career of more than 30 years as a human factors engineer with Applied Science Association in Butler, he singlehanded a small sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean. A skilled woodworker and craftsman, family and friends will always cherish his beautiful creations.
A celebration of life memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., Ross Township.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Air Force Museum Foundation.