ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, John J Purvins 86 years old , born on September 22, 1924 and passed away on October 17, 2010. We will remember him forever.
Posted by James Purvins on October 18, 2018
Milais Janit, this was the way I called you After ten years I still miss you . I remember the happy days we shared and regret the hard ones but we loved each other and I remember the good times when we both worked in the house making it look pleasant and cozy. The garden was yours being an enthusiastic gardener. You also had beautiful pigeons and the children had fun with them and gave them names.
    Memories like these warm my heart.
   Your wife Ina
Posted by James Purvins on October 17, 2018
Dad, I come here with heavy heart, remembering the days you were bringing me up in this world. How I look back happily at some of the moments, and have forgotten all the rest. How I remember now, the wisdom you had bestowed upon your children, and how, even now, your wisdom moves forward in my life. Dad, I thank you for your wisdom and love you provided for me and your Family, it will enrich me for all the days of my life, Jekab
Posted by James Purvins on October 17, 2011
Dad, it has been a year since you left this planet called Earth. Remembering
the moments we shared and the memories that were experienced. The times we
shared together will always be remembered and cherished, Your Son James
Posted by Ina Elizabeth Purvins on September 24, 2011
On September 22 was my dear husband John's 87th birthday. It is almost a year he is not with me. I miss him.
Posted by Herb Solinsky on November 23, 2010
I will always remember the hospitality that John and Ina showed to my family during the Feast of Tabernacles in 2005 when John invited us to their home for a meal and fellowship. I will remember his championing present day ongoing inspiration from the Holy Spirit.
Posted by Ina Elizabeth Purvins on November 10, 2010
Thank you, dear John, for 55 years of love and caring. For happy and serious times, for laughing and crying with me. You said "I'll fly away" on your last day on this earth and I know that you flew to a better and happier place."
Posted by Shannon Kenevan on November 9, 2010
John was a wonderful man to chat with -- always full of interesting ideas and stories. He will be missed.
Posted by Jeanie Rosenthal on November 9, 2010
Sometimes the seemingly smallest comment can forever change a life. John shared with me about his filing system for overcoming paperwork clutter. Now every time I file something or am able to find a piece of information I've filed, it reminds me of John's kind sharing. Thanks, John!
Posted by James Purvins on November 9, 2010

My Dad had many loves and nterests in his life but foremost was the well being of his family. My Dad's love for natural beauty and the arts influenced many people along his journey in life. Thanks, Dad, for the fond memories and teachings you have provided while here on this planet we call Earth.
Posted by Elizabeth Eisen on November 8, 2010
John Purvins was a regular visitor to the Appleton Public Library's programs and Reference desk. He was always a true "gentleman" and quite scholarly in his communications. I also conversed with him at a few of the conversation sessions at Harmony Cafe and was impressed with his breadth of knowledge. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Janet Van Asten on November 8, 2010
John was truly a model for a gentleman. I was pleased to be included in this list. My sympathy for his close ones in this loss for all of us.
Janet
Posted by Kenneth Ellis on November 7, 2010
John's quest to know God was infectious and a testimony to the Holy Spirit that lived within him. While always seeking to know more and while very firm in his convictions, John was always open to hear the thoughts and heart of others. I will always remember my times with John as being joyful and rewarding.
Posted by Kenneth Bozeman on November 7, 2010
John's commitment to seeking and obeying God was as serious as anyone I've ever known, and therefore an inspiration to those who knew him. He therefore held his convictions strongly, which was not always comfortable, but which was always motivated by a respectful fear of the Lord. John was also amazingly stimulated to seek new insight and knowledge, something I will aspire to emulate.

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Posted by James Purvins on October 18, 2018
Milais Janit, this was the way I called you After ten years I still miss you . I remember the happy days we shared and regret the hard ones but we loved each other and I remember the good times when we both worked in the house making it look pleasant and cozy. The garden was yours being an enthusiastic gardener. You also had beautiful pigeons and the children had fun with them and gave them names.
    Memories like these warm my heart.
   Your wife Ina
Posted by James Purvins on October 17, 2018
Dad, I come here with heavy heart, remembering the days you were bringing me up in this world. How I look back happily at some of the moments, and have forgotten all the rest. How I remember now, the wisdom you had bestowed upon your children, and how, even now, your wisdom moves forward in my life. Dad, I thank you for your wisdom and love you provided for me and your Family, it will enrich me for all the days of my life, Jekab
Posted by James Purvins on October 17, 2011
Dad, it has been a year since you left this planet called Earth. Remembering
the moments we shared and the memories that were experienced. The times we
shared together will always be remembered and cherished, Your Son James
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Shared by Anonymous Person on November 10, 2010

 We are gathered together today to remember John and his contribution to us and the larger community.

John is the intersection of all of us. We would not know each other if it were not for John. I value the friendship and closeness that we have shared over the past (In my case) 34 years. If I had the chance to go back in time, there are many things I would change, but one thing that I would not change is getting to know all of you and sharing the time that we had together. Because of John, we got to know each other in the context of how God works in our lives. If there is one thing that John contributed above all else, it was his talent of making God real in his live and in the lives of those around him. John loved the Lord his God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength right up until the end of his time here on earth. Ina and I were there; he was relying on God and calling out to Him through his process of leaving this realm. He also told us to be happy for him that he was going to be with the Lord, and no “sad tears”.

I’m not going to run through our entire history together this morning, but just remember how it we started 34 years ago. In the Spring of 1976 John & Larry went downtown Little Chute to meet and try to help a group (it was actually more like a mob) of teenagers. At that time there were large groups of teens gathering in several areas of Little Chute, especially the downtown area. There was a lot of drug trafficking, unrest and violent behavior. I came on the scene just after John and Larry had purchased the building at 130 West Main Street with the intention of opening the doors to the teens and sharing the Lord with them. It was so intense at that time downtown Little Chute that a couple of the local law officers were actually assaulted by the mobs of kids. We didn’t know quite what to expect, maybe we were going to come and find our windows broken out. Our presence and John’s message of how God works in our lives raised quite a stir within the community among the teens, their parents, the school board and the local Catholic Church. We were discussed at the school board meetings as we later learned from Alan, who was the High School principal at the time. The local Catholic Church sent a priest to interview us and to find out what our intentions might be. John always told the teens that they should listen to and obey their parents’ wishes. If they did not want them to come to our facility, then they should not be there. Encouragement like that for the teens to do the right thing was repeated over and over again. John cared for the local community and wanted to see their problems resolved. And within one year of purchasing the building, the mobs were disbursed and the streets where quiet and peaceful once more in Little Chute. Since then the Village has always been very grateful, kind to, and accepting of us “outsiders”.

 

Our beginnings to me really sum up John’s work here in this life. He always cared enough about others to want to see their problems resolved.

To honor his life’s mission, I propose to move forward and carry on what John started 34 years ago. He was a prolific writer and a very passionate supporter of educating young people. So I plan to work on compiling, editing and publishing what I can of his writings. I’d like to do that with the help of others, online. The website will be dedicated to helping people, especially the youth, to resolve their problems in life and draw closer to God through a better understanding of God’s character and how he works in our lives.