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William Lincoln Purnhagen

December 7, 1943 - January 19, 2021

William L. Purnhagen, 77, passed away on January 19, 2021 in Chandler, Arizona after a short illness.

Born in Columbus, Ohio on December 7, 1943, son of the late Erwin and Jeanne (McCoy) Purnhagen. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Mary, and his two sons, Joseph (Mara) Purnhagen of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Eric (Kristina) Purnhagen of Centerville, Ohio. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, his first wife Maxine Purnhagen of Centerville, Ohio, and his step-brothers Patrick (Pamela) Fleming of Scottsdale, Arizona and Gary (Barbara) Schaal of Columbus Ohio. Bill is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Erin L. Purnhagen of Dayton.

After attending The Ohio State University (where he played baritone in the marching band), Bill began his career in quality control labs in the industrial chemical and lubricant industry. He eventually moved into management and then to cost accounting, working with companies including Ironsides, D.A. Stuart, Hodson, United Lubricants, and Quaker Chemical. He retired in 2010. In his spare time, he honed his talents in the Culinary Arts at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

In 2012, Bill and Mary moved from Bellbrook, Ohio to Chandler, Arizona where Bill was active on the Board of the Chandler Symphony, serving as President for the past three-and-a-half years. He was also elected Treasurer of the Sunridge Townhomes HOA. He enjoyed his favorite hobbies of cooking and discovering new dining venues. Bill was a member of Unity Church in Mesa.

Services are pending with Wyman Cremation and Burial Chapel in Mesa. Final resting place is set for Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio with a memorial service to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
P.O Box 6475
Chandler, AZ 85246


Bill was a member of the marching band in 1961. He played baritone.