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Harold Pursel

Harold Pursel

Sep 15, 1921 - Apr 21, 2013
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Harold Max Pursel, Sr., 91, of Riverton died on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Lander Valley Hospital. A viewing will be on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm at Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Hill of the Pavillion Community United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Harold Max Pursel was born on September 15, 1921 in Fruita, CO to Harold Maurice Pursel and Viola Pearl (Wagner) Pursel. He grew up in Denver, CO.

In 1942, he joined the Armed Services in Houston, TX following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds serving in the European Theater in Egypt, France, and England. He was honorably discharged on October 18, 1945 as Tech Sergeant.

He had a civil engineering degree from the University of Wyoming, which he used while working on the Mid-Vale Irrigation Project. While working on the project, he met his wife, Virginia Anna Brady. They were married on May 6, 1950 in Casper, WY. He continued to work with S&P Construction on the Mid-Vale Project. He then had his own business in Casper, a building and supply saw shop. He then moved to Rawlins, where he worked and ran the Gambles Store. Finally ending up in Riverton, where he worked for Lucky Mc at the Gas Hills as a Fuel Service Superintendent. He retired in 1983.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Riverton Lodge #26 A.F. & A.M.

His family said that he enjoyed, woodcarving, stained glass, ceramics, writing, reading and watching TV.

He is survived by his sons, Max (Linda) Pursel and Leo (Darlene) Pursel, both of Riverton; his daughters, Helen (Jonathan) Holmes of Herrick SD and Viola Ruth Hedden of Coeur d’Alene, ID; his daughter-in-law, Shirley Pursel of Riverton; his sister, Shirley Carubie of Casper, WY; 16 grandchildren and 16 great grand children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Virginia; his son, Dawn Pursel; and his grandson, Shane Pursel.

Memorials may be made to Shriner Children’s Hospital of Salt Lake City, UT in care of Davis Funeral Home.

Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. On-line condolences for the family may be made at