Raymond Purdum – Dominion Post
Raymond Brandenburg Purdum Jr., 95, a resident of Morgantown, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, December 9, 2021, at Harmony in Morgantown, after a fulfilling life of love, laughter, kindness and hard work. He is survived by his beloved wife of 74 years, Leona Ruth Whiteman Purdum.
Raymond was born on Saturday August 21, 1926 in Elkins, son of the late Raymond Brandenburg Purdum Sr., Ph.D., and D. Myrtle Matthews Purdum Harrington. He was one of four children. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Margaret Goddin and Elizabeth Vander Els. He is survived by his brother, Reginald “Reggie” Purdum.
Raymond is survived by his daughter, Sharon Smethurst, of Kansas City, Mo., and two children, Ryan Balsley, of Kansas City, Mo., and Karin Balsley, of Nashville, Tenn .; son, Charles (Susan Bering) Purdum, of Boalsburg, Pa., and son, Russell (Cynthia Lin) Purdum, of Morgantown, and their son, Branden. Raymond is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews – mostly ancestors of the Whiteman family, of Elkins.
Ray, affectionately known as “Doc,” graduated from Elkins High School and immediately entered the United States Navy (after tricking the recruiter into believing he was 18 at just 17) to serve his country in WWII. world, obtaining the rank of first class seaman. To classify.
He studied engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of West Virginia. He used his incredible talents in the energy industry, starting his career at Philadelphia Electric, and then worked his way up through the ranks of Allegheny Power Company (now First Energy Corporation) where he was ultimately selected as director of the Albright Power Station plant. He served there until his retirement in 1991. As site manager, Ray was revered during his tenure as a firm, but fair, gentle giant, and guided the plant through difficult times, including the flash flood. 1985, during which he and his management team were stranded inside the factory until the waters receded while desperately trying to restore what they could of the site.
Although he was successful in his career and in his community, nothing was more important than bringing joy and solace to his wife, Leona. They were inseparable in life and hobbies, including gardening, stamp collecting, travel, cooking, puzzles, and decorating for the holidays. Only one passion separated Ray from Leona, and that was his love for conquering the ski slopes. Ray was also an accomplished pianist and created beautiful music for many, including the residents and staff of his home over the past few years at Harmony of Morgantown. He enjoyed spending time with his family, which included everything from picnics to beach vacations.
The Purdum family would like to express their gratitude to all the staff at Harmony of Morgantown for their compassionate and loving care.
A funeral service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Elkins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15. Reverend Peter A. Vial will officiate and interment will follow with full military honors bestowed by members of the US Navy, HW Daniel’s Post # 29, American Legion and Tygarts Valley Post # 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Raymond Brandenburg Purdum Jr.