David Purvis McDuffie

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David  Purvis

Click here to view services held for David McDuffie on December 30th, 2022

  • Visitation will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Divinity Divine Charity Ev. Lutheran Church 900 E. Henry Clay, Whitefish Bay, from 10:00am-11:00am.
  • Funeral Service will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Divinity Divine Charity Ev. Lutheran Church 900 E. Henry Clay, Whitefish Bay, at 11:00am 


McDuffie, David Purvis

October 4, 1954 – December 15, 2022. Full of love and compassion and an undeniable sense of humor, at 68 years young, David left us to join his heavenly family on December 15. Our brother was preceded in death by our parents, James McDuffie, M.D. and Sara McDuffie. He leaves behind daughters, Sara Katherine Trail and Ailea Koxlien, brother, James II, sisters Ruth (Charles) Marks, and Tamye (David) Metzger.  He was Uncle to Alex, Kaelyn and Jessica. David attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School (class of 72). After graduating from UW Eau Claire with a degree in marketing, he worked at GTE, Miller Brewing Company and PepsiCo before moving to the Chicago area to work for McDonald’s.  Shortly thereafter,  he became a partner in the Blockbuster Video business. David was very active in his church, serving on the church council, singing in the choir, and volunteered for much more. David will be lovingly remembered by a widespread circle of dear friends who knew that his big heart was always in the right place. Rest in peace beloved David.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Divinity Divine Charity Ev. Lutheran Church 900 E. Henry Clay, Whitefish Bay, at 10:00am with funeral service to follow at 11:00am.

Please consider a memorial to Divinity Divine Charity or Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

David’s funeral service will be available for viewing at www.heritagefuneral.com following the funeral.

“Above all, fear the Lord, and serve him in truth, with all your heart, considering the great things he has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24


  1. David Moore & Family December 27, 2022 at 11:23 am - Reply

    David was a loving person…whose heart was in the right place…! He had a personality bigger than life !

  2. David December 27, 2022 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Very kind person whom quickly made friends with all he met.

    Will be missed
    David and Rita Scurlock

  3. Colleen Golden December 27, 2022 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Dave was a good friend . He will be missed. Rest in peace friend

  4. Felix Dardy December 27, 2022 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    David always had a way of making friends with anyone! He had a laugh that could fill any room with his presence, his sharp sense of humor will truly be missed. Rest in peace.

  5. Arnett Moore December 28, 2022 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Rest in Peace my dear friend. You are the Smartest, Kindest and most special person that I ever met. Your bigger than life personality will be missed. I extend my thoughts and prayers to your entire family. I will forever remember the visit to your home in September between you, D. Moore and myself discussing MBCo, life in Milwaukee and our past endeavors.

  6. Deb (Schupmann) Bradford December 28, 2022 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    David will live on in my heart forevermore. He looked after his mother, Sara, for many years and loved her dearly. He loved his brother, JJ, and stood by his side till the unexpected end. David never judged but was so judged by others. He was kind, generous, and willing to help people in any way. He was smart, savvy, clever, and never missed a beat. It is a blessing that he was able to be in heaven for Christmas. Until we meet again my Sweet.

  7. Minerva Johnson December 28, 2022 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    David P. McDuffie Rest In Peace, you left enough beautiful memories to last a life time. Always Minerva

  8. Jeanie Jordan Jones December 28, 2022 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    David and I were honor attendants in the wedding of Beatrice and David Moore. He had a personality larger than life and never met a stranger. He’s that one-of-kind person that touches your spirit and will forever remain in our hearts. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  9. Kathy Aho December 29, 2022 at 11:16 am - Reply

    While I didn’t know David all that long , a small Bible Study at DDC afforded me a chance to see the kind man with the gentle sense of humor so many remember.
    My condolences to all who loved him.

  10. Wendy Lewis December 29, 2022 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I don’t recall ever seeing David without a smile and I don’t recall not ever smiling back. No matter what was going on with him, that smile always came through. I believe that now he is at “perfect peace”.

  11. Betty Speed December 29, 2022 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Our families met at St. Marcus Lutheran, David was a rascal from elementary school to Wisconsin Lutheran always a good time when in his company. Praying for the family he will be missed.

    • Arnett D James December 30, 2022 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      I remember David McDuffie as a Business Man with an Out Of This World Personality. I .met David many years ago when I picked D Moore and D McDuffie up at the New Orleans Airport. At that time I was training to become A McDonald’s Owner Operator. His advise was extremely helpful to my McDonald’s career. Most of all, I will always remember the time I spent with him, how much fun we had, how much we laughed, His Booming Personality, and the advice he gave me. REST IN PEACE DARVID!!!

  12. Frank Dooley December 30, 2022 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    I knew David for over forty years We first met while working at Miller Brewing Company I will always remember his larger than life personality and high energy level who never met a stranger REST in Peace my friend

  13. Peter Reneau December 30, 2022 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    To the McDuffie Family: Please accept the Reneau family’s condolences for your loss. I always looked up to David for being so cool. He was always the life of the party and seemed to be in perpetual motion. The friendship between our parents was passed down to their children. There were so many cook-outs, so much laughter and such togetherness during those hot summers. Our dads battled for best barbecue chef while our moms gossiped. JJ, Ruth and Tamye, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the wonderful memories of which David was such a huge part. We love you.

  14. Kevin & Susan Jones December 31, 2022 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    I met David during the summer of 77. My cousin David Moore, and I drove from Milwaukee to Sheboygan where David resided to spend the day drinking Old Milwaukee beer and eating crab legs. Inside of five minutes I felt as though I had met a cousin I didn’t know I had. We had so many great times over the years. I‘m better for knowing him. Rest in peace

  15. Gabriella Koenig January 3, 2023 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Took me a bit to know how to express my thoughts here and then I heard this song playing over & over and I knew –
    “This Is For The Cool in You”
    I miss you

  16. James (Jim) Matthis January 5, 2023 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    My condolences to his family. I so enjoyed going to your mom’s house and walking to the 4th of July parade. I first met David in 1978 when he started with MBCO as a Merchandiser. We became fast friends. We spoke frequently when he was in Mars, PA. Over the years we sold beer, sold siding, rehabbed central city properties, and strategized many other endeavors. David had limitless potential. He was the most naturally gifted salesman I have ever seen, He had a sharp mind and a sparking personality. We had so many memorable times. Rest in peace, my friend.

  17. Gabriella Koenig March 18, 2023 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    3 months and memories just keep coming and keep me going. So miss you asking “how was your day?”. Always your first words.
    I still tell you everyday and now I ask first…
    “How was heaven today David?”

    Always –

  18. Gabriella Koenig April 21, 2023 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Crazy for you and so missing you

  19. Gabriella Koenig May 16, 2023 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I know you got me and “my back” yes!
    In thanks and honor of your love
    Play this song “Sweet Symphony”

    Missing you like crazy

  20. Gabriella Koenig May 19, 2023 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks for keeping watch on me. I’ve learned a more than I would’ve ever thought about flooring and home renovations than I thought I would have to know..

  21. Gabriella Koenig May 29, 2023 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Memorial Day – honor you too my friend

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