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Carl Purdy of Sand Springs, OK has passed

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  • Carl Purdy of Sand Springs, OK has passed

    His beloved wife, Betty called this morning to inform other Studebaker members of Carl's passing yesterday in his sleep. He was my mentor and very good friend. It will be different not having Carl available to call and ask questions or cry on his shoulder. His and Betty's marriage was a love story. The funeral is planned for Wednesday, June 17th at 1pm. at Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Home; 211 E. Broadway ; Sand Springs, OK. The obituary is being written by the family and had not posted to the Funeral Home's web site yet. He was an Army veteran serving in Germany during the cold war. He and Betty attended many Studebaker events over the past many years. He will be missed!!

    Charles D. (Charlie D.) Musgrove

  • #2
    I will miss Carl. He was a character and I always enjoyed talking to him when our paths crossed at events. I met him for the first time through the forum.
    "In the heart of Arkansas."
    Searcy, Arkansas
    1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
    1952 2R pickup


    • #3
      We will miss Carl as well, we go back more than 20 years of knowing him and Betty. Will also miss his stories in that slow talking southern drawl of his. RIP Carl.
      Frank van Doorn
      Omaha, Ne.
      1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
      1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
      1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD


      • #4
        I've only known Carl and Betty for 19 years. Very dear friends. Every Studebaker I went to I would look for them.
        God be with you, Carl.
        Claude Chmielewski
        Fillmore, Wisconsin
        47 M-16 Truck
        53 Commander Regal HT
        53 2R5
        60 Lark VIII Convertible
        60 5E7 Champ pickup
        62 5E7 Champ no box
        62 GT Hawk 4 speed
        63 Lark VI parts car
        63 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
        64 Commander Wagonaire
        64 Daytona Convertible
        50 Champion Regal (parts car)
        36 Dictator
        36 Dictator in pieces


        • #5
          I have known Carl and Betty for many years also, They drove that six cylinder air-conditioned Stude to meets all over the country. His dry humor was really great.. you never knew if he liked you or not... UNTIL you saw that "look". Another one of the Good Guys has left us.


          • #6
            I am trying to get Carl's obituary and a few pictures uploaded. Charlie D.

            Carl's Obituary

            Carl Gene Purdy, age 79, passed away from this life on June 12, 2020 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

            Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Service of Sand Springs, Ok. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 10 am to 8 pm at Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Service. Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 1 pm at Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Service. Carl will be laid to rest at Woodland Memorial Park of Sand Springs, OK.

            Carl was born on August 8, 1940 in Stotts City, Missouri to his parents Leroy Carl and Deloris Jean (Maghee) Purdy. He met Betty Ruth Harvey on a blind date, and they were almost inseparable from that moment on. Shortly after, Carl joined the army in the summer of 1960. Returning home after boot camp, he asked the love of his life to marry him and she said yes. They eloped in Miami, OK on September 10, 1960. While in the service of the Army, Carl was sent to Berlin, Germany where he became a lifetime fan of their food and beer. He concluded his service on January 17, 1963 and returned home. He then began a career with American Airlines as a machinist that spanned 30 years before retiring at the age of 55.

            Carl loved all classic cars, but especially Studebakers. He and Betty traveled all over the United States, sightseeing and looking for cars and car parts. They were long standing members of the North Eastern Oklahoma Chapter and Ozark Trails Studebaker Clubs. Carl served as President and Tour Master in the NE Oklahoma Club and Vice President and Tour Master in the Ozark Trails Club. He had restored several Studebakers: a 1951 canary yellow Studebaker Commander “Bullet Nose”, a 1949 teal green Studebaker Truck, a 1948 Studebaker Business Coupe, and a 1956 Studebaker Station Wagon. In their travels, it was discovered that Carl had an uncanny ability to run into someone he knew from home or another place visited. He also never forgot a great meal; always remembering what he had and what restaurant he was in. Most importantly, Carl will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather who cherished his family above all else.

            He is preceded in passing by his parents Leroy and Deloris Purdy.

            Carl is survived by his wife of 59 years Betty Ruth Purdy, his daughter Cheryl (spouse Heath) Willis, his son Ryan (spouse Kara) Purdy, his grandchildren Hunter Willis, Cayley Willis, Kristen Purdy, and Riley Purdy, and numerous other family members and friends.

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            • #7
              So very sorry to hear of Carl's passing. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to Betty & family.
              Barry'd in Studes


              • #8
                Carl was a magnificent ambassador for the SDC.
                The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers