Theodore Purvin, 101

Founder of the Riverside Rockets

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Theodore V. Purvin, 101, of Hinsdale and formerly of Riverside, died peacefully on Sept. 26, 2019. 

After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1939, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as an aircraft navigator in the Pacific. In his later life, Mr. Purvin retired as the president of Aircraft Gear Corporation. 

He was the founder and general manager of the original Riverside Rockets semi-pro baseball team and was a talented songwriter and musician. 

Mr. Purvin was the husband of Mary, his best friend, for 76 years until she died in July; the father of Judy (John) Scully, Theodore (Debbie) Purvin, Patricia (Bob) Fleck and Thomas (Diane) Purvin; the grandfather and lifelong fan of Melissa (David) Kotrba, Julie (Jack) Tucek, John (Erica) Scully III, Robert (Alice) and Michael Fischer, Paul (Sonia), Theodore (Kathy), Steven, Robert (Jessica), and of U.S. Army Spec. James Purvin; the great-grandfather of Grace and Emma Tucek, John IV and Shae Scully, Rocky and Hank Fischer, Patrick, Kira and Eric and Ted Purvin; the brother of Beverly Luria; and an uncle to many nieces and nephews. 

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 30 at St. Mary Church in Riverside, followed by entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. 

The family appreciates donations to St. Thomas Hospice, 119 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 111, Hinsdale, 60521. 

Arrangements were handled by The Original Kuratko Family, Brian D. Kuratko, director.

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