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Benjamin Garrett Purcell

Benjamin Garrett Purcell, 34, of Richmond, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. surrounded by his loving family.

Ben was born on August 6, 1979 in North Kansas City, MO to William G. and Paula K. Purcell. He was a lifetime resident of Richmond.

Survivors include his wife, Carrie L. (Van Dyke) Purcell of Richmond; his step-son, Corbin Pohle and three sons Blake, Aiden and Maddox all of the home; parents, William G. and Paula K. Purcell of Richmond; siblings Jodie and Jason Snodgrass of Independence, Sarah and Dustin Berry of Centralia, and Patrick Purcell of Richmond; grandmother, Gail Stolnacke of Richmond; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and extended family who loved him dearly.

Ben was home educated and graduated from Christian Family Institute, a ministry of Christian Fellowship Ministry in Richmond.  He received a golf scholarship from Wentworth Junior College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in 2000.  He went on to attend Central Missouri State University where he graduated in 2002. After graduation he worked for Ferrellgas in Indianapolis, Ind., where he received National Honors and Rookie of the Year.  In 2004, Ben returned home to work with his parents and siblings at Signature Marketing, Inc., where he became President in 2009.

Ben was an individual who had the gift of connecting and relating to people of all ages. He loved his boys, family and friends.  Ben had an amazing sense of humor that drew people toward him.  When he entered a room people immediately felt better with his presence.  Ben utilized his unique gifts and expert relationship building among his peers which gained him respect in the ISSA Industry.  Ben was musically talented and enjoyed singing, playing the piano and composing music.  He enjoyed spending time with his sons, golfing, fishing, hunting and watching movies.  He had an ability to quote movie lines which never ceased to amaze his family and friends.

Ben demonstrated a servant spirit by helping his family organize several golf tournaments.  Ben will be missed by everyone who had the opportunity to meet him.  Ben loved Jesus and his family finds great comfort knowing he will spend eternal life in Heaven and has been reunited with his brother, George Christopher Alan Purcell.

The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Ben Purcell Memorial Fund.

A celebration of life for Benjamin Garrett Purcell will be held Saturday, Aug. 9,  at 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond United Methodist Church. Following the service there will be a visitation/fellowship time with the family and friends. Inurnment will be at a later date.

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