|4/8/2020 10:01:00 AM|
Alvin "Al" Purrington, 79, of Windom died April 6, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
Mass of Christian Burial and a celebration of Al's life will be held at a later date.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Alvin "Al" James Purrington was born March 2, 1941, to Lowell and Agnes (Rehnelt) Purrington in Windom. He was baptized and confirmed in Windom.
After living in Montrose, S.D., for a few years as a child, Al and his family later returned to Windom, where he graduated from Windom High School in 1959. He attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls.
Al moved to Minneapolis and began working at Gold Bond Stamp Company in Minneapolis.
He joined the Army Reserves and spent six months at Fort Knox, Ky., which was followed by two-week summer stints and some weekends for six years.
In 1963, Al married Ann Louise Siebels in Perham. They were blessed with two adopted children and a biological child.
In 1972, Al and Ann moved to Wilder where they purchased a business from Art Vaughan and renamed it Wilder Fertilizer Company.
In 1979, they moved to a country home near Windom and two years later sold the fertilizer business.
In August 1981, Al began working as Windom Street and Parks Superintendent and received the Mayor's Medal of Honor for his work.
Later, Al and Ann cleaned St. Francis Xavier Church for a year before retiring.
In 2001, they moved to Third Avenue in Windom before moving to their current home on 11th St., in 2016.
A longtime member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom, Al was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus.
An avid sports fan, Al especially enjoyed watching his children participate in school activities and sports. He also enjoyed watching the Twins, Vikings and golf on TV and was a big Gophers fan.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Busse; sister-in-law, Mary Guck; and in-laws, Joseph and Frances Siebels.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ann Purrington of Windom; three children: Craig (Kathy) Purrington of Windom; Laurie (Aaron) Butler of Onalaska, Wis.; and Jeffrey (Amy) Purrington of Eagan; six grandchildren; brothers, Dennis (Kathy) Purrington and Gene Purrington of Windom; and brother-in-law, Roger Busse of Mt. Lake.