April 19, 1943 ~ August 22, 2022

Born in: Taylorville, Illinois
Resided in: Taylorville, Illinois

Roy W. Purkes, 79, of Taylorville, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022, at his residence.

Roy was born April 19, 1943, in Taylorville, the son of Edward Arthur and Claudine (Deavers) Purkes.  He married Evangeline A. “Angie” Boyd on October 8, 1977, and they have enjoyed nearly 45 years of marriage.

Roy graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1961 and went on to work with Fiat Allis as a lathe operator for 27 years, when they closed the plant.  He then attended diesel mechanics classes at Lincoln Land Community College, before retiring from Wal-Mart after 20 years of service as an alignment technician.  Roy’s passion was riding Harley’s and traveling with Angie.  They were able to drive and see 41 of the 48 contiguous states.  Roy was also an avid nap taker, and he loved his riding lawn mowers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Roy W. Purkes II and Charles T. Purkes; stepson, Randal Maroon; stepdaughter, Cindy Maroon; and brother, Ronnie Purkes.

Roy is survived by his wife, Angie Purkes of Taylorville; children, Randy (Virgil Calvert) Purkes of Tower Hill, Carol (Brandon) Johnson of Decatur, Bryan (Robin) Bland of Stover, MO, and Francene Hague of Taylorville; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, Art (Ruth) Purkes of Cisne, Bill Purkes of Cadiz, KY, and Rose Moses of Alabama; sister-in-law, Belle Sims of Herrick; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Memorial Home Services Hospice, 644 N. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62702.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with arrangements.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Roy, or to offer condolences to his family.



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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Roy W. Purkes's name.

Memorial Home Services Hospice

644 N. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL

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  1. Light a CandleAngie, so sorry for your loss. Im sending HUGS and Prayers to you. Roy will be missed by all the lives he touched. we will be in touch, ya know you have always been there for us (COX) kids ….. well at least us younger ones, we love you DEARLY …. ROY REST IN PEACE , FLY HIGH ……

  2. The best brother n law a girl could ever have. I will always be your wife in training! 55 years wasn’t long enough 💙

  3. Light a CandleWe cherish the last 14 years that we have been a part of your family. You will be missed so much! We promise to be there for Angie and all and know you will be their guardian angel until they see you again. 💔💔

  4. Have known Wayne quite few years ride motorcycles and took vacations with him and Angie. Did lot of crazy things when we went riding. Remember making him pumpkin pie and had them over for dinner forgot to put sugar in the pie. He always reminded me for it at times.

  5. Light a Candlei am so sorry for your loss pa was awesome we all loved him dearly like our very own grandpa he will be missed for sure by me love you pa fly high in the sky i will see you again someday.

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