May 7, 1946 ~ June 15, 2021

Born in: Cicero, IN
Resided in: Anderson, IN

Roger Alan Purkey passed away in Anderson, Indiana on June 15, 2021 at the age of 75. He was born May 7, 1946 to Dudley and Margaret (Griffin) Purkey.


He and his 3 brothers were raised in Cicero, Indiana. Roger and his first wife, Sue Molina McKee had one son, Jackson Purkey (Christine). He married Susan Marcum Purkey in 1976 and they have two children – Kylie Purkey (Charity) and Logan Purkey (Abby). Roger is also survived by his brother Fred Neil Purkey, two grandsons Owen and Declan, numerous nieces, nephews, grand dogs and grand cats. Roger’s two brothers Nolan and Paul preceded him in death.


Roger lived the majority of his life in Madison County Indiana in several settings including a farm he lived on at the time of his death. In 1998, Roger retired from General Motors after 34 years as an electrician.


Roger had interests in a variety of things such as hunting, fishing, camping, raising Belgian horses and Basset Hound dogs, houseboating, motorcycles, restoring old cars, airplanes, ocean cruising, model trains, drinking margaritas, and debating politics. Roger LOVED the Indianapolis Colts, NFL football, reminiscing, corny jokes, and his frozen cokes.


One final question from Roger – “What color is a red fire engine, True or False?”


A memorial gift to the Madison County Indiana Humane Society would be a fitting gift to honor Roger and his love of his dachshund dog Lucy.

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. I will miss Roger. He never failed to make me laugh. My heart goes out to his family. Love you all❤️

  3. Roger is a larger than life character in my memories, memories I continue to cherish. My condolences Kylie, Logan, and Susan. Logan and Kylie your dad made a huge positive impact in my life. I hope you remember the bright times when it feels dark.

  4. Sincere Condolences and Prayers, for the Families of Roger ,and those who knew him. Many memories come to mind, of his gemtle compassion and caring thoughts for others.And always had a smile for everyone.
    Many memories of those of us, who knew him. He will be missed.
    Nancy (Kay)Burgard Frank

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