Russell D. "Rusty" Purlee, 57, of Lincoln passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at his sister's home in Bloomington.
Funeral Services for Rusty will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Waynesville Christian Church with Mr. David Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville.
Visitation will be held on Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.
Russell David Purlee was born on August 20, 1960, in Clinton, the son of Linda K. Purlee.
He is survived by his children: Amanda Purlee and Candice Purlee; mother: Dorothy Rich; his siblings: Connie (Mike) Underwood, Clint Valentine, Mike Valentine, Connie Coone, Bonnie Coone, Melissa (Pat) Lee, Randy (Wanda) Rich, Roger (Michelle) Rich, Rachel Simpson, and Rita Mann; and five grandchildren: Hunter, Hannah, Isaac, Jenna, and Damien.
He was preceded in death by his mother: Linda Purlee Valentine and his father: Max Rich.
Rusty was a member of the Waynesville Christian Church. He was employed as a Mental Health Technician for 24 years by the State of Illinois.
Rusty was an avid Cardinals fan and morel mushroom hunter. He loved to play pool and was a Waynesville member of the American Poolplayers Association, playing in the World Championship in 2017. He collected baseball cards, was a member of the Sons of American Legion in Waynesville, and enjoyed shooting off fireworks.
Memorials may be made to his family.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home.