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John William Pursell
John William Pursell, 79, of Grants Pass, Oregon, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at his home.
John Pursell is remembered as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, uncle, brother, elder, businessman and friend. He was born in Pasadena, California to Bill and Edwina Pursell. He married his bride, Sally, in April of 1965. He moved to Buffalo, New York in 1969 to work for the Food and Drug Administration. He returned to the Rogue Valley with his family in 1979. Together he and Sally raised four children and operated North Valley Farm and Home. John also served southern Oregon as a Realtor and president of Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity, and for many years he was a pillar in the Rogue Valley Christadelphian ecclesia, where he was known by all as “Uncle John.” John was an avid Bible student. As his hearing decreased, he spent more time reading and studying. He kept up with his readings until the very end.
John had a desire to continue learning new things. He found that the more things change, the more they stay the same. John enjoyed working with his hands and spent many happy hours in the workshop he built. He continued creating Adirondack chair sets and wooden toys up until the end. He also enjoyed umpiring (for many years) for the local Babe Ruth baseball. He is survived by his wife Sally, sons Steve, William (Sarah) and David (Kris), and daughter Susanna (Randy). He also leaves behind two sisters and a brother, several nieces and nephews, 8 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
I remember when I was little that uncle John aunt Sally and all the kids came to visit us in Chino Calif. We loaded up in our van and went site seeing. Us kids had a great time with our lawn chairs in the back of the van. I feel like we may have gone to see the spruce goose and the queen mary?? I remember cousin David having a strong ne York accent!!
Tammy Crouse Haringa Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM
My oldest memory of my Uncle John was he and his family finally arriving from N.Y.
What I learned was Uncle John was a quiet kind man who seemed to be always a student of life. He wasn't always in the middle of things but never failing to observe and enjoy the joy of others.
Karren McGuire Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM
I didn't know John, but have a nice dulcimer stand that he made. I belong to a dulcimer group led by his wife, Sally. Reading his obituary helped me get to know him. My condolences to his family.
Madelyn Readmond Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM