While employed at Fisher Controls, Earl met and later married his best friend, Paula Boehmer Griggs. He then became step-father to Paula’s daughter, Angie.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, vacationing with his family and he could BS with the best of them. He knew no stranger and could have a conversation with anyone. Earl loved all animals, big and small, and often had a “pet” squirrel, chipmunk, or bird living in the yard. His laugh was infectious and he greatly enjoyed interjecting his one-liners into the conversation.
During his retirement he enjoyed his garden, caring for his yard, visiting with his friends and watching Fox News and westerns. He was a die-hard Republican and would discuss politics with whoever would listen.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents Lola and Lee Moffatt and Earl Sr. and Opal Purvis, his in-laws, Dean and Helen Chambers, and his beloved cocker spaniel, Nikki. He is survived by his wife, Paula Purvis of Marshalltown; his daughters: Michele and Chuck Limberis of Eden Prairie, Minn., Lisa and Doug Bergman of Lakeville, Minn., Julie Purvis and Bryce Hutcheson of Eldora, Tami Purvis of Grundy Center, Jacque and Gabe Bowles of Grundy Center and Angie and DJ Eastman of Marshalltown; and 15 grandchildren: Tom, Aly, Alex and Amara Limberis; Meghan and Ryan Bergman; Devon and Chasyti Erickson and Hunter Purvis; Jayden, Jaedrek and Jariyah Bowles and Layken, Quinn and Emerson Eastman. Earl is also survived by his siblings: Earlene Purvis, Frances (Ed) Woodliff, Elaine (Larry) Abel, Jerry Purvis, Shirley Kimberling (Bob Magnus), Terry (Deb) Purvis and Charlotte (Dennie) Fenton, as well as step-sister Kathy Sewell, step-brother Edward Moffatt, numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.
The world is a better place because you were in it, Earl, and you were loved more than you know.