Harold Max Pursel Sr.

Apr 23, 2013 Staff

Harold Max Pursel Sr., of Riverton, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Lander Valley Hospital. He was 91 years old.

A viewing will be noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Harold Max Pursel was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Fruita, Colo., the son of Harold Maurice Pursel and Viola Pearl (Wagner) Pursel. He grew up in Denver.

In 1942, he joined the armed services in Houston after 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 Oct. 18, 1945, as a 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 May 6, 1950, in Casper. He continued to work with S&P Construction on the Mid-Vale project.

He had his own business in Casper--a building and supply saw shop. He later moved to Rawlins, where he worked and ran the Gambles Store. He eventually ended 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 a member of the Riverton Lodge 26 A.F. & A.M.

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

He is survived by his sons, Max Pursel and his wife Linda and Leo Pursel and his wife Darlene, all of Riverton; daughters Helen Holmes and her husband Jonathan of Herrick, S.D., and Viola Ruth Hedden of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; daughter-in-law Shirley Pursel of Riverton; sister Shirley Carubie of Casper; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

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

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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