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Alan R. Purintun, 84, of De Smet

Posted: Saturday, Jan 26th, 2013

DE SMET Alan R. Purintun, 84, of De Smet, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the United Church of Christ in De Smet. A private burial will be held prior to the service on Saturday.

Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.

Alan Ross Purintun was born Nov. 19, 1928, in De Smet to Joseph O. and Florette (Wheat) Purintun. He graduated from De Smet High School in 1946, and earned a degree from the University of Nebraska in 1950. He attended law school at the University of South Dakota, obtaining his degree in 1952. In association with Harry J. Eggen and E. F. Wilkinson, he practiced law in De Smet until being appointed Kingsbury County Judge in 1955. He served Miner County for a number of years in the same capacity. He succeeded his father as an abstractor in Kingsbury County until he retired in 1994.

He married Mary Jane Eggen on Aug. 6, 1950, in the First Congregational Church of De Smet. He was active with civic activities until his health limited his participation. He was on many church boards, sang in the choir, served as Sunday school superintendent, and was the longest living member of the UCC Church residing in De Smet. He was an original member of the De Smet Kiwanis, 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge and past Master and served as clerk at the De Smet School Board for many years. He became a member of the State Bar Association of South Dakota in 1952 and had received recognition for being a 50-year member in 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane (Dollie) of De Smet; his children, Dr. Scott (Trisha) Purintun of Britton, Ross Purintun of Bellevue, Wash., Mark (Susan) Purintun of De Smet, Mary Jo (Robert) Robish of Redwood Falls, Minn., Jay Purintun of Sugar Creek, Mo., and Julie (Lee) Howell of Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and twin great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters.

For the complete article see the 01-25-2013 issue.

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