Keith William Purscell

Died: Sun., Jul. 15, 2018


1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Sun., Aug. 12, 2018
Location: First Congregational UCC

Celebration of Life

2:30 PM Sun., Aug. 12, 2018
Location: First Congregational UCC

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Mankato resident, Keith William Purscell, 87, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at New Perspective Senior Living in Mankato.  A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the 1st Congregational UCC in Mankato, MN on Sunday, August 12th at 2:30 PM. Visitation at 1:30. Coffee and snacks to follow.  Burial will take place in Omaha, NE on Monday, August 13th.

Keith was born February 12, 1931 in Council Bluffs, IA to Benjamin and Marie (Lowe) Purscell.  He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs and then attended Johnson Bible College in TN and Nebraska Christian College in Norfolk, NE, receiving his BA degree in 1950.  He later earned his Master of Divinity Degree in 1970 from Philips University in Enid, OK.

Keith was ordained as a pastor in the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in 1950. He served congregations in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and Minnesota, working for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. After his retirement from the Mankato Christian Church (Disciples), he continued to serve as an interim minister in several congregations nearby.

Keith and Mary Louise Elliott were married in May of 1951 in Omaha, NE. They sang together, worked together, and raised their family of four children together until she passed away in 1993.  Keith married Helen Duncan in Mankato, MN in June of 1994. They traveled and attended theatre together until Helen’s death in 2014.

Keith liked singing, photography, theatre, fishing, and traveling, but especially loved the church.

He is survived by his children; Kenneth (Koni) Purscell of Appalachia, VA, Sally (Gregory) Hackett of San Antonio, TX, Dave (Kim) Purscell of Owatonna, MN, Glenda Purscell of Oklahoma City, OK; grandchildren; Karli Purscell (fiancée Miguel Zepeda), Kendra (Terrance) Purscell-Jackson, Benjamin (Rebecca) Hackett, Colin (Kelsey) Hackett, Sam Purscell, Matt Purscell and Nathan Purscell; great grandchildren; Tristan Purscell and Landon Hackett; 1 brother, Delano (Phyllis) Purscell of Newtown, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1st wife, Mary Louise (Elliott) and 2nd wife, Helen (Duncan).

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Coreen & Rodney Boernsen
   Posted Mon July 16, 2018
To Keith's Family, You have our deepest sympathy. Keith was at our church in Spencer two weeks ago. It was good to see him then. He married Coreen and I 45 years on July 14th. He was a GREAT man !!!
Coreen and Rodney Boernsen

Rev. Anjeanette Perkins
   Posted Tue July 17, 2018
The peace that is beyond understanding guard your hearts and minds as you grieve and remember.

Richard, Maryann and Cheryl Kelley, Amanda and Crystal Sheets
   Posted Tue July 17, 2018
Our deepest sympathy goes to your family. Keith was a long time family friend, always Gracious, Caring and Kind. He leaves a hole in our hearts as we know he does in yours as well. Our prayers are with your whole family.

Rev. Craig E. Robertson
   Posted Tue July 17, 2018
My sympathies and prayers go out to the Purscell family as they mourn the loss of their husband, father and family member. Keith and I spent a lot of time in Regional and General Assembly meetings and seminars. We had a lot of fun and a lot of that fun was doing God's work. I will miss our conversations and catching up with things.But he is where he and I have talked about all our ministries. Well done faithful servant rest in joy and peace in the presents of God.
Rev. Craig E. Robertson

Beverley Perkins Crabtree
   Posted Tue July 17, 2018
My condolences to the family in your loss. May God wrap you in peace.

Barry and Glynda Sarver
   Posted Wed July 18, 2018
Ken and Koni and Family:
We just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and our prayer are with you all during this time of sorrow!
Barry and Glynda Sarver

Alice Dalager
   Posted Fri July 20, 2018
Gene's and my prayers are with your family. Keith was the pastor at First Christian Church in Spencer when I was hired as the secretary, and we have kept in touch over the years. We always enjoyed receiving his Christmas letter.

Rev. Mark Macwhorter
   Posted Fri July 20, 2018
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. I will lift you all up in my prayers. May the comfort of God's love and peace be upon you. May you feel the strength of the Spirit enfold you and embrace you during this time of grief and sorrow. Keith was a great guy and a wonderful minister. I was honored to call him a friend and a colleague.

Rev. Mark MacWhorter

Rev. Mary Kay Sauter
   Posted Wed July 25, 2018
I knew Keith as a fellow interim and valued his wisdom, faith, insights, knowledge and gentleness. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Mary Kay Sauter

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