Robbi Rae Purcell, age 60, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, June 5th, 2020 at Freeman Nursing Home in Kingsford, Michigan with his daughter at his side.
Robbi was born August 4th, 1959 in Escanaba, the son of James and Gloria (Cartwright) Purcell. Following high school, Robbi went to work in many different trades but ended job hopping as an engineer for VanEnkevort Tug and Barge, where he worked on the iron oar boats for most of his life.
Robbi resided in Florida for a number of years where he raised his son, Peter James. Later, Robbi moved to Gladstone where he raised his daughter, Heavenlee, and lived for the remainder of his life. Robbi was a member of the Gladstone American Legion, and also loved hanging out at Whatever Bar & Wally’s Bar in Gladstone. If you were lucky enough to know this man, you knew what a character he truly was. He was a jack of all trades. Quite an instigator, as well. If you’ve ever been a part of a conversation with him.. it usually ended with him starting an argument & then grinning as he stood up to leave and head home. Robbi was so many things to so many people, including a friend, brother, son, father, and a grandpa-to-be. He will be deeply missed by so many.
Robbi is survived by his daughter Heavenlee (Caleb Rose) Royer of Gladstone, his son Peter James “PJ” (Libby) Purcell of Winter Haven, FL, sisters Sharon (Don) Calouette, Sue (Dale) Vorac, Linda “Lou Lou” Bruce, Chris “Beanie” (Joe) Kirchgatter, and Gloria (Warren) Brown, brothers Dan (Mary) Richards, Steve (Mary) Richards, Lynn “Turnip” (Linda) Richards, Rodger (Kathy) Richards, Mike Richards, and Jack (Chris) Richards, future grandchild Baby Rose, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Robbi is preceded in death by his parents, James and Gloria Purcell, and brother Peter James Purcell.
Family will receive friends and guests on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Visiting hours will conclude with a time of sharing at 4:00 PM. Immediately following the service, there will be a Celebration of Life at Wally’s Bar. Robbi will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Robbi’s daughter, Heavenlee Royer. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Purcell family.