George Purifoy

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.

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  • D. Tyler

    Sincere condolences to the Perifoy family and friends. Hoping that your family will find comfort from Isaiah 33:24.

  • Blake Altman

    I was very sorry to read about the passing of George. I have many fond memories of going on Boy Scout camping trips with Mr. Purifoy as our adult leader. I also have many great memories of sending time at the Purifoy house as a child. Mr. Purifoy was always into so many interesting things and I remember going up with him in his Piper Cub; what a great experience that was. We still have the toy chest that George made for my son Drew which was commissioned by my family. It is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Blake Altman


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