Donald James Purnhagen

Born on August 15, 1957, in Oakridge, Tennessee
Departed April 6, 2023 in Melbourne, Florida

Donald James Purnhagen, 65, of Satellite Beach, Florida, passed away on April 6, 2023. He is survived by his sister, Sherry Ford of Everett, Washington; his wife, Analyn; their three daughters: Donalyn, Julya, and Amerinna, all of Satellite Beach; his sons Jeremy and Avery Purnhagen; and daughters Amber Borough and Jennifer Purnhagen, both of Dayton, Ohio; his seven grandchildren: Noah, Arianna, Easton, Lily, Trilby, Addison, and Alaina, of various locations.

Donald James Purnhagen was born to Tom and Donna (Johnson) Purnhagen on August 15, 1957 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Don’s father was a career United States Air Force officer and the family relocated frequently. Don attended Stebbins High School in Dayton, Ohio.

Don was an avid lover of the outdoors, and spent much of his younger life sailing, windsurfing, and camping. He worked as a database applications developer and loved using technology in his spare time. He was involved in amateur (Ham) radio, and went by the callsign K4ILG. Above all, he loved his family. Don was a truly selfless man and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. His sacrifice, support and love will live on through those who knew him.

His viewing will be held from 1:00 pm until time of funeral service at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 14, 2023 at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 E. Palmetto Avenue, Melbourne, Florida. The procession will travel along State Road A1A for a 4:00 pm graveside prayer at Florida Memorial Gardens, 5950 S. Highway US1, Rockledge, Florida, 32955.

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Daniel Fisher AI4GK from Palm Bay wrote on April 13, 2023:
I knew Donald through the Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society, PCARS. Donald was always right there, when needed. Most recently, he was the club's secretary and webmaster. He chaired the Website Committee which completely reworked the website into a sleek, modern site. Donald was a SKYWARN spotter and checked in to the weather net on a local radio repeater weekly. We will miss his very distinctive voice and his service to our community via ham radio.
Chuck Green AD4ES from Melbourne wrote on April 12, 2023:
Donald was a very important member of the Ham Radio community. His efforts specifically at PCARS will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
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