Lester Murl Purcell

Male28 May 1926–25 April 2017

Brief Life History of Lester Murl

When Lester Murl Purcell was born on 28 May 1926, in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States, his father, Edward Brooks Purcell, was 26 and his mother, Elsie Maud Gambill, was 23. He married Mary Wandaline Engle on 20 November 1945. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Clackamas, Oregon, United States in 1935 and Chemawa Election Precinct, Marion, Oregon, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1945. He died on 25 April 2017, in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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Lester Murl Purcell
Mary Wandaline Engle
Marriage: 20 November 1945
Donald Edward Purcell

Sources (6)

  • Lester M Purcell in household of Charles L Norton, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lester M Purcell, "Oregon, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"
  • Lester Murl Purcell, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 November 1945
  • Children (1)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

    1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

    Age 8

    Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 


    Age 24

    United States military forces play a leading role against North Korean and Chinese troops in Korean War.

    Name Meaning

    English, Welsh, and Irish (of Norman origin): from Old French pourcel ‘little pig’ (from Latin porcellus, a diminutive of porcus ‘pig’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd, or a nickname, perhaps denoting someone thought to resemble a pig. This surname is common in Ireland, having become established there in the 12th century. There may sometimes be confusion with Pearsall .

    English: habitational name from Purshull in Elmbridge, Worcestershire. The placename derives from an uncertain first element + Old English hyll ‘hill’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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