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Brian [George William, Boyd Robert, George Henry, Zeno Miller, Henry W., Zeno, Gardner, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died March 8, 1998, at his residence in Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, after a lengthy illness. He was born March 25, 1969, the son of George and Carolyn Sue (Beyer) Parmelee. Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home in Wadsworth was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Bryce, son of Robert Parmele [Arthur Frederick, Milton Lee, George, --?--] and Colleen (Lombardi) Parmele died March 16, 1998, in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., at the age of 10 days. Bryce touched and changed many lives in his short time on earth. He is missed by his parents; grandparents Dorothy Parmele of Sebastian, Indian River, Fla., and Lou and Joyce Lombardi of Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y.; brother Dylan; sister Kayla; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Charles [Otto M., John Henry, William M., William C., --?--], a businessman and World War II veteran, died May 26, 1998, at Goshen General Hospital in Goshen, Elkhart County, Ind. He was born June 21, 1926, the son of Otto and Treva (Eikenberry) Parmerlee, in North Manchester, Wabash County, Ind., and lived in Muncie, Delaware County, Ind., before moving to Syracuse, Kosciusko County, Ind. He was the former co-owner of Imperial Equipment in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind., the owner of a Rax Roast Beef restaurant in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., and worked as sales coordinator for the Commodore Corp. in Goshen. He was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Among his survivors are his widow, the former Carolyn Lee Warner; sons Carroll "David" of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., Stephen B. of Muncie, and Douglas of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich.; brothers Robert H. of South Bend, Thomas E. of Hilton Head, Beaufort County, S.C., and James K. of Guam; sister Vivian R. Baker of Phoenix, Mariopa County, Ariz.; and grandchildren Casey and Mitchell Parmerlee. He was buried at North Manchester's Oaklawn Cemetery.


David [Gale Freeland, Freeland D., Nathaniel Blanchard, John Orcutt, Hezekiah, Simeon, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] died Dec. 16, 1998, at his home in Las Vegas. He was a professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the school's Lake Itasca Forestry and Biological Station for many years. He was curator of birds at the university's Bell Museum of Natural History from 1986 until his retirement in 1992, when he became research curator of ornithology at the Barrick Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. David was born at Oshkosh, Wis., on June 20, 1924, the son of Gale Freeland and Helen D. (Mac Naughton) Parmelee, and served in the Marines during World War II. He is survived by his widow, Jean, and a daughter, Helen Bruzzone of San Jose, Santa Clara County, Calif.


Eva [unplaced], a homemaker of Ponca City, Kay County, Okla., died Sept. 25, 1998. She was born Oct. 4, 1906, the daughter of E. Earl and Maude Eaton. Graveside services were at the IOOF Cemetery.


Francis [Andrew Pearl, Ezekiel Marion, Thomas Henry, James, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Aug. 8, 1998, at his home in Downey, Bannock County, Ida. He was born Sept. 2, 1916, at Paradox, Montrose County, Colo. Francis was a cattle rancher who spent his later years riding, fishing, camping and hunting. In 1990, he participated in the re-enactment of the Pony Express and was honored as its oldest rider. He married Margie Owensby in 1943. He is survived by two daughters, M. Joyce Hopwood of Kimberly, Ida., and Jeannie Tipler of Ridgecrest, Calif.; two sons, Andrew J. of Aurora, Colo., and Donald "DeDe" of Ukiah, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his special friend Carol (Wayne) Newbold of Pocatello, Ida.


Frederick [Clarence Frederick, Frederick Henry, Phineas, James, Phineas, Isaac, John, John] died Aug. 25, 1998, at his home in Norwich, Conn. Frederick was an agent for the John Hancock Insurance Co., for 35 years and then a chauffeur for the former Labenski Limousine Service of Norwich. He was a member of the Army National Guard for more than 30 years and served in the Army for two years during World War II. Frederick was born May 5, 1914, a son of Clarence Frederick and Anne (Lyon) Parmelee, at New London, Conn. He married Josephine Przekop on April 29, 1939, at Norwich's Divine Providence Church. In addition to his widow, he is survived by a daughter, Lynne P. Robbins, of Bozrah, Conn., and three grandsons. He was preceded in death by his sister, Adelaide Costello. Services were handled by the Labenski Funeral Home of Norwich. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Lung Assn., 45 Ash St., East Hartford CT 06108.

GERALD 'JERRY' R. BEAL 1915-1998

Jerry, husband of Hester M. Parmelee [Frank Hart, Luther Hart, Elisha, Theodore, Abraham, Abraham, Isaac, John, John] and a lifelong resident of Kent, Portage County, Ohio, died Feb. 28, 1998, at Anna Marie of Aurora, Portage County, Ohio. He was born Oct. 21, 1915, the son of Norman N. and Bessie (Henry) Beal. Jerry was the proprietor of The Smoke Shop in Kent from 1937-48 and retired from the Albrecht Grocery Co. after 27 years. He was a member of Kent's United Church of Christ in Kent. Survivors include his widow, Hester, whom he married Aug. 30, 1941; son James R. of Kent; grandchildren Morgan and Tyler; brothers Glen of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Fla., Nelson of Hendersonville, Henderson County, N.C. and Wilbur of Sarasota. He was preceded in death by brother Earl. Burial was at Kent's Standing Rock Cemetery.


Guy [Cecil Otto, James Ephraim, Matthew, Samuel, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime power company employee, died Oct. 1, 1998, at Spokane, Spokane County, Wash. He was born Nov. 26, 1910, at Bremerton, Kitsap County, Wash., and was graduated from the local high school. He and Marion (Hockaday) were married on June 22, 1934. Guy worked in the transportation department at the Bremerton Naval Shipyards during World War II and was later a service manager for an automotive electric shop. In 1945, he moved to Chelan, Chelan County, Wash., where he owned and operated an automotive electric and parts shop. He sold the shop in 1952 and went to work for Washington Water Power at the Chelan Falls power plant. In 1954, he was transferred to Spokane and worked as a foreman in WWP's construction maintenance department. He retired in 1975. Guy was also a first-aid instructor and department representative on the board of Washington Water Power Employees Aid Assn. for many years. He was a member of the Washington Water Power Trailblazers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 77 and was a member and elder emeritus of North Hill Christian Church. Survivors include daughter Judy Johnson of East Wenatchee, Douglas County, Wash.; sister Betty (Parmley) Honodel of Spokane; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Harry [Harrison "Henry" Herman, Ezekiel Marion, Thomas Henry, James, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died July 20, 1998, at his home in Durango, La Plata County, Colo. Harry was born July 1, 1925, in Fraser, Grand County, Colo., and married Roberta Jane Beach on Sept. 20, 1947, in Gallup, McKinley County, N.M. He served as a Navy Seabee in American Samoa during World War II and in Adak, Alaska, during the Korean War. Following his military service, he returned to Durango where he worked with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service before entering the University of Denver in 1954. Two years later he transferred to Fort Lewis College. He transferred to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1957 and retired from the bureau in 1980. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the American Legion, the National Assn. of Retired Federal Employees and the Seabee's Historical Foundation. Harry was preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas Wayne. Survivors include his wife, Roberta of Durango; a daughter, Gloria Hildman of Northglenn, Adams County, Colo.; a son, Gary, of Moreno Valley, Riverside County, Calif.; three sisters, Blanche Frazier of Mesa, Ariz., Rena Wartzinger of Redding, Calif., and Ruby McCollum of Chester, Calif.; and six grandchildren. He was buried at Pine River Valley Cemetery.


Henry [Henry Herbert, William Smith, John Edwin, Linus, Samuel, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], of Hilton Head, Beaufort County, S.C., died June 5, 1998, at Hilton Head Island Medical Center and Clinics. He was born Jan. 3, 1908. Helen died Oct. 26, 1998, at Faser Health Center at Hilton Head Island. She was born Aug. 10, 1902. Henry, a native of Paterson, N.J., served as a commissioned officer in the Army's 17th Airborne Division. Helen was a native of New York City.


Jack [Ellis Earl, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 12, 1998, at his home in Waynesville, Brantley County, Ga. He was a Navy and Air Force veteran and retired from CBS Television in New York City as an electrical engineer with 20 years of service. He was a member of the Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Union and the American Legion. Jack was born July 13, 1929, at Brunswick, Glynn County, Ga., the son of Ellis Earl and Dorothy Gertrude (Symons) Parmelee. He was married to Betty Flowers and Theresa ---. He is survived by son Michael J. of Long Island, N.Y.; daughters Joanne P. Hardy of Thomasville, Thomas County, Ga., and Janet of Albany, Dougherty County, Ga.; brothers George E. of St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Ga., and Tony of Uniondale, Nassau County, N.Y.; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Edo Miller & Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick was in charge of services.


John [Delbert Elra, Walter "Lee" Lee, Alvis Theodore, Garner, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], an associate professor of secondary education at Kansas State University, died Dec. 2, 1998, after a recent illness. John was born July 25, 1946, the son of Delbert and Gladys Louise (Johnston) Parmley. Before his 18-year tenure at Kansas, he was an agricultural education teacher in Nebraska and Colorado for 10 years. Active in the Future Farmers of America, he had served as a state officer in Colorado's FFA association. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Colorado State University and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. John did extensive work at Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument, designing educational materials for the classroom. His most recent research efforts using computer technologies were internationally recognized. Survivors include his widow, Dianna; son Scott of Manhattan, Riley County, Kan.; daughter Sarah of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo.; stepdaughters Kelly Sue May of Chicago, Cook County, Ill., and Misti May of Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kan.; sister Margaret (Parmley) Looney of Moab, Grand County, Utah; and a granddaughter. Burial was at Dolores, Montezuma County, Colo. A memorial for the Mesa Verde Museum Assn. has been established in his name; contributions can be made in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.


John, husband of Clyde Ola Parmelly [Henry "Grady," William Asbury, John, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died May 29, 1998, at a Midland, Midland County, Texas, hospital. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and worked for Texaco from 1946 to 1979. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Sons of the American Revolution and the local Rotary Club.


Kleas [William "Mann," John Henry, John, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died March 19, 1998. Kleas was a farmer, retiring in 1968. He was born Sept. 10, 1906, in Nacogdoches County, Texas, and moved to Tye, Taylor County, Texas, at a young age. He married Winnie Smith in 1930. He was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Abilene. He is survived by his wife; a son, Carrol of Tye; a daughter, Ella Jean Haynes of Abilene; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Burial was at Abilene's Drummond Cemetery.


Lydia, widow of Eugene D. Parmley [Parris E., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Dec. 20, 1998, after an extended illness at the Holy Cross Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. She was born March 16, 1925, at North Liberty, St. Joseph County, Ind. She and Eugene were married there Oct. 30, 1942. Survivors include daughter Carol L. Nunley of North Liberty, St. Joseph County, Ind.; sons Craig A. and Douglas E., both of Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Ind.; sisters Bonnie Workman of Kokomo, Howard County, Ind., Dixie Savoie of Walkerton, St. Joseph County, Ind., and Kay Renz of LaPaz, Marshall County, Ind.; and brothers Charles Simms Sr. and Frank Simms Jr., both of North Liberty. Eugene died in 1987. The A.M. Manuel Funeral Home in North Liberty was in charge of arrangements.


Lyman [Lyman Malcolm, Francis "Frank" A., Ashley, Asaph, Gilbert, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Raleigh, N.C., died Feb. 22, 1998, at Springmoor Community Health Center in Raleigh. Lyman was born June 8, 1914, at Providence, R.I., and worked at the Nicholson Fire Co. there. He relocated to Raleigh with Cooper Industries after it acquired Nicholson. He was married to Dorothy Baird, who died March 2, 1994. He is survived by two sons, John Alden and William Douglas; a sister, Marion Morgan; and seven grandchildren.


Marjorie, widow of James Shaw Parmelee [Albert Oliver, Ernest Ripley, Oliver Rising, Zina, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a resident of Orchard Park, Erie County, N.Y., died Jan. 7, 1998. She was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Eden, Erie County, N.Y. Her survivors include daughters Joel "Jody" Fleit, Robin Parmelee and Elizabeth Ligon.


Patricia [Eugene R., Alva James, , Albion True, James Edward, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a native of Albuquerque, N.M., died July 6, 1998, at a hospice in Mesa, Ariz. She was born Dec. 15, 1943, the daughter of Eugene and Mildred (Mather) Parmley. She was a graduate of Highland High School in 1961 and the University of New Mexico's family nurse practitioner program in 1976. She worked for many years at St. Joseph's Hospital as a coronary nurse. She was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her husband, Richard; her mother; and several cousins and an aunt. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, N.M.


Raymond, husband of Elnora Parmley [Joseph, Thomas Jennison, Joseph Dawson, Maria, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry], died Oct. 8, 1998. He was born Sept.10, 1914, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, the son of Andrew Wiley and Ella Josephine (Davis) Gallacher. He worked for Ballard Motors in Utah for about eight years and for American Motors in many locations for about 40 years, including more than 20 years as a zone manager. He retired in 1977 in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., where he had lived since 1975. He and Elnora, daughter of Joseph and Mary Lillie (Broyles) Parmley, were married on May 5, 1937, in Salt Lake City. Survivors include daughters Bonnie Tucker, of Clackamas, Clackamas County, Ore.; and Sandy Fahey and Kathy Browning, both of Portland; son Dennis of Salem, Marion County, Ore.; sister Florence Rockwood Nielsen; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Interment was in Portland's Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Remembrances may be made to Adventist Health Hospice or the Latter-day Saints Missionary fund.


William [William J., William John, John Henry, William, Joseph, John, John, Joel, John, John] of Ellenton, Fla., died March 22, 1998, at Manatee Hospital in Brandenton, Fla. William was born Feb. 18, 1928, a son of William J. and Ida (Kipp) Parmele, at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he lived for many years. He served in the Navy from 1946-48 and during the Korean War from 1950-54. In addition to his widow, the former Ida M. Churchill, he is survived by a daughter, Nancy Anderson of Lake Katrine, N.Y.; a sister, Barbara LeSoine of Seven Pines, N.C.; and two grandchildren. Graveside services were at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery at Red Hook, N.Y. Arrangements were by the Parmele Funeral Home in Poughkeepsie.


William [Harral Reynolds, Solon Webster, Eliab Harvey, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y., died July 30, 1998, at Kingston Hospital. William was a former Republican alderman in Kingston's old 13th Ward and worked in the lab at Callanan Industries until his retirement in 1977. He was born Feb. 20, 1911, a son of Harral and Mae (O'Hara) Parmelee, at Kingston. His wife of 54 years, Florence (Schick) Parmelee, died Aug. 7, 1991. William is survived by three daughters, Penny Strebler of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., Susan Johnson of Kingston and Micki Robbins of Melbourne, Brevard County, Fla.; a son, William C. of Bocca Raton, Palm Beach County, Fla.; two sisters, Lola Campoli of Revere, Suffolk County, Mass., and Constance Lepke of Winthrop, Suffolk County, Mass; a brother, Roger of Kingston; nine grand and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by siblings Edward, Donald, Frank, James, Harold and Hope. The Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home of Kingston, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Montrepose Cemetery.


William [John Henry, William Samuel, Thomas Henry, James, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a 40-year employee of the Bucyrus-Erie mining equipment company, died June 12, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center near his home in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind. He was a member of Howell United Methodist Church and the Bucyrus-Erie 25-Year Club. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Lucille J. (Crowley); sons Robert, David and Randy, all of Evansville; grandchildren Chris, Jason, Tonya, Jeromy, Lauren and Seth Parmley and Jennifer Nau; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evansville's Park Lawn Cemetery. The Alexander Funeral Home West Chapel in Evansville was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

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