Dr. Clyde L. Purdy, D.V.M., 93, passed away in his home on June 15, 2020, surround by his loving family. He was born in Killbuck, Ohio, on November 19, 1926, to Clyde W. and Ethel A. (McDowell) Purdy.
Clyde attended the Killbuck school system for 10.5 years then enlisted in the Navy, December 1943. He served as a QM Petty Officer 3rd class, WW II aboard USS LST 241 in the South Pacific; including invasions of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, (received 2 bronze stars and Liberation of the Philippines). He received his high school diploma while in the Navy, credits via USAFI (Armed Forces Institute). After the Navy, Clyde received a Bachelor of Science degree at Ohio State University in December 1949.
Sixty-two years ago, on June 14, 1958, Clyde graduated from Ohio State with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, DVM. With his wife Dora, and their children, he moved to Mt. Vernon, Ohio, to start his practice, Hillside Veterinary Clinic. Clyde retired in 1993, selling his small & large animal practice to Dr. Geoff Gregg.
” Doc” never met a stranger. His passion for the care of animals gave him many opportunities to serve his community and to the surrounding farm families in Knox County.
His passion was raising black angus; a true source of pride for the majority of his life. The love of water and fishing at Lake Erie, brought many years of fun times, memories & wonderful friends.
Clyde was a member of & past president of the following: Prestigious Professional Fraternity OTS, OSU, also on the alumni board from 1958 to present (8 years as president) and received two distinguished service awards (Outstanding Practitioner & Alumni). Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, serving on the Admissions Committee from 1997 – 2008. A member of and served as Vice President to the Ohio Animal Health Foundation, honored with distinguished service to the “Veterinary Professional” award in 1995 and (life member) of American Veterinary Medical Association. Past member of the Bovine Practitioners Association, Kokosing Veterinary Medical Association, North Central VMA, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (life member), and Knox County (OSU) Alumni Association. He was listed in Who’s Who in Veterinary Science & Medicine. A member of the Knox County Cattlemen’s Association, received “Outstanding Service” in 1995, and to the Cattle Industry, received “Outstanding Cattleman of the Year” award in 1999.
He was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church and served on the board of trustees. He received two certificates of recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives. Served two terms on Knox Community Hospital Foundation Board and a member of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow for 38 years. A member of the Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree; Ambassador in the Aladdin Shrine and past president to the Baldwin Shrine Club. Past member of Old Homestead, Club, Elks, and Port Clinton Ohio Moose Lodge. Life member and past Commander VFW Post 7079, Killbuck, Ohio. Charter member Ohio LST/AMPHIBS Association (Navy) (charter member).
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dora Louise (Gray) Purdy of 53 years; Brother, J. Robert Purdy, Sisters, L. Cleo Andreas, Lena (Amy) McCready, Dr. Ruth E. Purdy-Zeller, and son-in-law, Mark D. Lonsinger.
Family left to share his memories are; his wife, Diana (Phillips) Purdy, children; Linda (Mark) Loveridge, Karen Lonsinger, Marcus (Robin) Purdy, James (Linda) Purdy, Patty Purdy, David (Kelly) Purdy, 14 grandchildren, 14 great- grandchildren, 5 step children & grandchildren and several cousins.
The family wished to express their appreciation to the caring staff members of Kindred Hospice of Knox County.
A Celebration of Life with the family will be held in private to share their love and wonderful memories of a life well lived.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to; OSU.EDU/Giving/Fund #641288 Class of 1958 Scholarship.
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