Irwin ‘Win’ Purtell, 78

Irwin ‘Win’ PurtellIrwin “Win” Purtell, age 78, resident of West Bend and Thomasville, Ga., passed away on May 14, 2015.

Win was an original investor, cofounder and 34year board member of Quad/Graphics, Inc. He was known for his business acumen, humor and love of nature.

Win was a board member of Froedtert Hospice, Riveredge Nature Center, a second generation member of Dairymen’s Country Club in Boulder Junction and a significant contributor to Ducks Unlimited.

Earlier in life, Win spent a great deal of time sailing on the family boat, ”Vagabond,” with his dad, brother and many friends at the Milwaukee Yacht Club. He was a 1954 graduate of Milwaukee Country Day School and a highly accomplished multi-sport athlete, competing in football, track and field and ice hockey. After Country Day, Win attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to a successful career as a stockbroker with Dean Witter - Reynolds, before landing at the M&I Bank.

Win retired from the M&I Bank in 1992, to spend more time with family and the outdoors. In retirement, Win and his wife, Susie, trained national field trial champion Labrador dogs. Their love of field trials brought them to Thomasville, Ga., where they would spend much of the winter training their dogs.

Win was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends. Win is survived by his wife of 55 years, Susie; his brother, Edward “Ted” Purtell (Harriet “Hattie”); his children, Anthony “Tony” Purtell (Suphawadee), Laura Leech (Gordon), Charles Purtell (Tamara) and Elisabeth Purtell-Boyce (Darren). He was also survived by 10 grandchildren, Sarawut, Sukanya Purtell, Lilly, Gordy, Tyler Leech, Lila, Alden, Elsa Purtell and Darren and Elyse Boyce, who lovingly called him “Poppy;” and one great-grandchild, Cameron Purtell Tran. Also survived by other relatives and many friends. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at St. Paul’s Church, 914 E. Knapp St, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday at the church from 1 2:45 p.m. and at a reception to be held after the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be forwarded to Riveredge Nature Center, P.O. Box 26, Newburg, WI 53060, or the American Heart Association of Milwaukee, 1555 N. River Center Drive Suite 212, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Online condolences can be directed to the family at