Cover photo for Robert M. Purgason's Obituary
Robert M. Purgason Profile Photo
1937 Robert 2024

Robert M. Purgason

October 23, 1937 — May 24, 2024


Robert M. Purgason, 86, of Fayetteville, PA, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024 at his home. Born October 23, 1937 in Portsmouth, VA, he was a son of the late Numa and Vonnie Purgason.


Robert was a graduate of Cradock High School in Cradock, VA. A US Marine Corps veteran, Robert served honorably from 1956-1962. He was employed as a Police Officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia until his retirement in 1992 as Chief Investigator. Robert was a member of the Falling Spring Fly Fisherman and the Porsche Club of America. He was a very skilled photographer and was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs.


He is survived by his wife, Johanna E. “Joanie” Purgason; two nephews, James Purgason, Jr. of GA, and Patrick Purgason of FL; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Nyswaner, and Billie Jean Wishart; and two brothers-in-law, William and Theodore Giovanelli. Aside from his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brothers, Herbert and James Purgason.


Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg, PA. Condolences and memories may be shared at

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Robert M. Purgason, please visit our flower store.


Visits: 407

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree