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Obituary for Ronald Purney

October 2, 1939 - October 19, 2020
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 81

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Friend


Ronald G. Purney, 81 of Avon Lake went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, October 19, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 2, 1939 in Clay Center, Ohio to parents Galen and Ethel (nee Benadum) Purney.

Ron was a Chemistry Teacher and tennis coach for the Rocky River School district and was a favorite of many. He invented a memorization aid known as "The Purney Cheer" that is now widely used to teach electron orbital configurations to chemistry students. He was known as "Purney the Punster" for his many funny puns. He was a wonderful husband and father and his family always came first. Ron was a devout Christian and spent much of his spare time reading the bible and participating in bible studies. He enjoyed fishing, cooking Sunday dinners and was a Cleveland sports team's supporter.

He is survived by his beloved wife Carol (nee Fuleky); loving children Liz Milota (Skip Hubbucks) and Mark Purney (Dawn); son in-law Ken Milota; cherished grandchildren Sara (Jeff), Ken, Susan, Cassidy, Andrew, Deakon and Katie; great-grandchildren Wyatt, June, Marin and Daniel; dear sister Gale Pocs (Joe); and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his loving parents.

Memorial contributions may be forwarded to the Hospice of the Western Reserve P.O. Box 72101 Cleveland, OH, 44192 or at

Friends may call for a visitation with social distancing on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 11:00am to 12:00pm with a service starting at 12:00pm at the Busch Funeral Home 163 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012. Rev. Chuck Behrens to officiate. Burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon, OH. 440.933.3202

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163 Avon Belden Road
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