Maynard Purdy - October 04, 2012Maynard L. “Bud” Purdy, 94, of Hampton, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Rev. Chris Kester Beyer will officiate. Burial will be in the Phillips Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Maynard L. ‘Bud’ Purdy, son of Frank H. and Myrle L. (Naylor) Purdy, was born at Phillips on Dec. 1, 1917.
Maynard grew up in the Phillips area and graduated from Phillips Consolidated High School in 1936. In 1938, he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked for Safeway Stores and Union Pacific Railroad until World War II started and he enlisted in the Army where he served for 24 years. Maynard served in Europe during WW II, participating in the “D” Day landing in Normandy, France with the 101st Airborne Division. In 1946, he returned to Germany serving with the U.S. Military Government.
Maynard married Ann Seidl in Stuttgart, Germany. Upon completion of his tour of duty in Germany, he returned with his wife and daughter, Anita, to Grand Island, where he served as an advisor with the Army Reserve. After a tour of duty in Alaska and with the Nebraska Army National Guard at Lincoln, Maynard was assigned for a one-year tour of Vietnam in 1963. Upon his return he was assigned as an instructor with the Army ROTC Unit at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He retired from the Army in 1965. In 1966, Maynard was appointed a rural mail carrier at Hampton. He and his wife, Ann, raised and raced thoroughbred horses for several years. Ann died on Sept. 21, 2009.
Maynard was a member of the American Legion, a lifetime member of the Order of Purple Heart and the Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife; two brothers, Kenneth and Wendell Purdy and two sisters, Lucille Plank and Avis Scholder Larsen.
Survivors include his daughter, Anita Purdy of Hampton; several nieces and nephews and their families.