John Leslie Purcell, 88, of Ellensburg died Sunday. Mr. Purcell was born in Payette, Idaho, and served in the Army during World War II. He was a professor at Central Washington University.

Survivors include his wife, Everell Purcell; a daughter, Lianne Purcell; a son, Kevin Purcell; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Brookside Funeral Home and Crematory, Ellensburg.