Raymond E. "Jim" Purcell, Jr., 88, Indianapolis, formerly of Staunton, died Oct. 1, 2012, at the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. He was born May 16, 1924, in Clay County, the son of Raymond E. "Jocko" Purcell and Cecil A. Trout Purcell. He graduated from Staunton High School, class of 1942. Jim served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, and at discharge achieved the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 2 and also was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 204. In his work career he worked at the Hahn Meat Packing Co. in Indianapolis and later was a dental technician for Makoten Dental Lab also in Indianapolis. He is known for being a very generous person to others.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruby Stice, and sister-in-law Maxine Purcell.
Survivors include his brother Jerry Purcell and wife Ruth Ann, Brazil, brother Paul Purcell, several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services will take place Thursday Oct. 4, 2012, at 2 p.m., at French Funeral Home with Pastor Perry Mager officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Military graveside rite provided by American Legion Post No. 2 and VFW No. 1127. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his remembrance.