Thomas Lewis 'Tom' Purma (1944-2017)

Thomas Lewis “Tom” Purma, 73, left this life Dec. 16, 2017 for a new one. He was born July 8, 1944, to Charles John and Betty (Moore) Purma, in Ellsworth County, Kan.  Both are deceased.

Tom leaves his wife of 31 years, Carolyn Y. (Davisson) Purma, of the home in Wilson, Kan.; two daugfhters, Kristin Ann (Purma) London and husband Scott; three lovely granddaughters, Kaela, Kendall and Chloe London, all of Highland Ranch, Colo., and Kerri Starr Purma, a nurse, who resides in Durango, Colo.

Tom also leaves behind a brother, Dr. Charles J. Purma II and wife Vickie (Nuss), of Scott City, Kan.
Carol, brought three children to their marriage, Sage Danielle Kicielinski (Furr), David Scott Furr and Courtney Dawn Schoolcraft (Furr). All reside in West Virginia. There are five step- grandchildren, Kara James, Kelsey Meadows, Nick, Michael and Savanna Garcia.  Also, one great-grandson, Taten James.

He leaves behind nephew,  Charles J. Purma III, wife Mackensie, Hudson and Elise, of Austin, Texas,  Nephew Frank Purma, of Scott City and niece Anna Purma and son, Martin, also of Scott City; cousins, Bernadine (Purma) Kraus, Bob (Sandy) Kraus, and Gary (Joyce) Kraus, all of Wilson.

Tom also leaves behind many friends too numerous to name but want to thank a couple who kept Carol close through this ordeal, Jim Barnett, wife Peggy and Ed Sommerlath and his wife, Susan. All were Tom’s college friends and fraternity brothers, they know love and loyalty. Thank you my friends.

Tom graduated from Scott City High School and the University of Kansas. He lettered in sports at both schools and was proud to be a Big 8 champ at KU.

While his major was Chemistry at KU, he spent most of his working career in the Aerospace industry. But he loved being home, in his garden or fly fishing somewhere.

The family would like to thank everyone involved with his care or surrounding endeavors. Thanks to Steve Haun (Vickie) and Gary Kraus for keeping the house and yard from falling down. Special thanks to the staff at the Wilson Nursing Home, for the love and care they gave Tom. You all made a hard time a little easier.

Memorials are to be of your choice or the Wilson Nursing home.

Cremation was chosen and inurnment for family will be Jan. 20. A celebration wake will follow for family and friends, at the American Legion in Wilson, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Bring a story, a smile and some love. Wear your jeans, no suits allowed!
Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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