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The oldest family members for whom I have obituaries:


Alan [Harold Ray, William Josiah, Josiah Pierson, Alfred, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong resident of Middlefield, Middlesex County, Conn., died Jan. 15, 2000, at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Martin County, Fla. He was born Feb. 28, 1924, to Harold Ray and Eleanor (Abrams) Parmelee in Middletown. He attended Pratt Institute and was in the U.S. Army. He was the founder, owner and operator of Indian Springs Golf Club in Middlefield. Alan was a member of the B.P.O.E. No. 35 in Meriden, piloted his own Cessna airplane for many years and wintered in Florida. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Beardow), son John S. of Moodus, Middlesex County, Conn.; daughter Jennifer M.P. Huddleston of West Hartford, Hartford County, Conn.; brother Robert of Middlefield; sister Jean White of Northampton, Hampshire County, Mass.; and a granddaughter. Services were at Doolittle Funeral Home in Middletown with the Rev. Dale Azevedo of the Middlefield Federated Church officiating. Burial was at Middlefield Cemetery. The family welcomes donations for trees to be planted in his memory at Indian Springs Golf Club.


Bernice, widow of Harold F. Parmerlee [Clarence Beecher, Edgar Alfred, Marcus "Mark" Beecher, James Clark, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, Stephen, John, John] and a lifelong resident of Williston, Levy County, Fla., died July 11, 2000, at Oakview Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was 82. Bernice was a homemaker who worked as a beautician when she was younger. She was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Williston and a member of the Ruth Sunday School Class. Survivors include sons John Parmerlee and Louden Rampe, both of Williston; daughter Patricia Parmerlee of Williston; sister Louise Ditty of Ocala, Marion County, Fla.; and three grandchildren.


Charles [Harry Dillon, Henry William, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] died Jan. 4, 2000, at Genesis Medical Center-East Campus, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa He was born in Scott County on Dec. 30, 1907, son of Harry Dillon and Lilie Maybelle (Sergeant) Parmele. He and Edna Lucille Bridenstine were married June 17, 1944, in Davenport. Charles was president of the Scott County Farm Bureau, on the Eldridge Co-op board, a Republican Party precinct committeeman and on the Bettendorf Museum board. He was also a member of the Bettendorf Rotary Club, the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce, served on the Regional Air Pollution Control board advisory committee and on the advisory committee to the Northeast Iowa Pollution Control board. He was also instrumental in annexing the Davenport Township subdistricts into the current Davenport & Bettendorf community school districts. He was instrumental in beginning Scott County Crime Stoppers and was on the Advisory board of the Scott County Jail. He was a 50-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Davenport. He is survived by his wife; daughter Margaret; son Ronald; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother Robert. A brother Fenton died in 1977.


Clyde [Henry "Grady" Grady, William Asbury, John, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, died Feb. 6, 2000, following a brief illness. She was born Dec. 14, 1923, at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. She was reared and educated in Abilene. She attended McMurry University and then Texas Tech University, receiving a degree in home economics. She taught at Midland High School. She and John E. Cross met in Midland and were married in September, 1951, in Abilene. They made their home in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, and Snyder, Scurry County, Texas, prior to returning to Midland in 1960. Clyde was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Fellowship Sunday School Class, the Banner Committee and assisted in weddings. She was a member of MSUW, DAR, DRT, Women's Club, and Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century. She was preceded in death by her husband on May 29, 1998; and a brother, Wade, of Abilene, in July, 1991.

CODY T. PARMELEE 1991-2000

Cody [Lawrence "Lonnie" Thomas, Lewis "Lou" F., Fredrick James, William Harry, Harry William, --?--] of Shermans Dale, Perry County, Pa., died July 4, 2000, at Carlisle Hospital in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa. He was born Aug. 17, 1991, the son of Lonnie and Jillene Marie (Struble) Parmelee, and formerly lived in Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y. Funeral arrangements were private. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brother Devon and sisters Brittney and Sydney.


Dolores, wife of Robert Parmele [unplaced] and a retired JC Penney sales clerk, died March 5 at Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan. She was born Aug. 8, 1934, at Great Bend, Barton County, Ind., the daughter of Rice Ernest and Verda Jewel (Gentry) Coffee. Dolores and Robert were married Jan. 8, 1993. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband; son Craig DuBois of Wichita; daughter Jeanamarie Schuster of Park City, Sedgwick County, Kan.; brother DeVerna Coffee of Coolidge, Pinal County, Ariz.; sisters Carmetta Lollar of Derby, Sedgwick County, Kan., Helen Walker of Colfax, Opal Wehnes of Yucapia, San Bernardino County, Calif., and Yvonne Sherwood of Los Alamitos, Orange County, Calif. Burial was at Derby's El Paso Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Hospice Inc., in care of the Smith Mortuary in Derby.


Donald [Harold Leslie, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], a professor and coach at Alberton College of Idaho at Caldwell, Canyon County, Ida., from 1953-73, died in Nov, 28, 2000, at Boise, Boise County, Ida. Donald was born Jan. 10, 1923, at Maple Shade, Burlington County, N.J. He received his master's degree in educational administration at Columbia University. After serving in the Marine corps in World War II, he and his wife, the former Polly Ann Shupp, moved to Idaho where he eventually became principal at Marsing High School. From 1968-72, Donald was the head baseball coach at Albertson College; at the time he left, he was an associate professor of physical education and athletic director. After leaving the college he taught overseas at the U.S. Sports Academy in Bahrain, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.


Elizabeth, widow of Jiles Parmley [Thomas W., Thomas William, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Oct. 16, 2000, at the Golden Years Nursing Home in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky. She was born Jan. 1, 1913, in Eadsville, Wayne County, Ky., the daughter of Joel Stephen and Nealie (Parmley; Robert B., Aladdin, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John) Eads. She and Jiles were married in December 1938; he died in 1983. She was a member of the Rogers Grove Baptist Church. She is survived by daughter Mary Alta Tucker of Monticello; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were sister Marie Ramsey and brother Elbert. Burial was at Monticello's Elk Spring Cemetery. Hoyt G. Hickey and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Helen [Roy F., Henry Claude, Parish Giles, Giles, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a housekeeper for the Stanislaus County Hospitals, died March 11, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, Stanislaus County, Calif. She lived in Modesto and Turlock, Stanislaus County, Calif., for 25 years. Helen was born June 17, 1938, in Oklahoma, the daughter of Roy F. and Lela M. Parmley. She belonged to the Davis Park Church of Christ. She is survived by son Christopher Allen Walker of Turlock; daughter Cynthia Bolker of Modesto; brothers Jack of Tucson, Pima County, Ariz., and Jim of Wisconsin; sisters Millie Fondren of Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif., and Jenny McGuire of Rochester, Thurston County, Wash.; and one grandchild. Burial was at Ceres Memorial Park in Ceres, Stanislaus County, Calif. Remembrances may be made to the Davis Park Church of Christ, 901 Rumble Road, Modesto CA 95350.


Henry [unplaced] a long-time resident of New Britain, Hartford County, Conn., died March 23, 2000, at New Britain General Hospital. He was born Sept. 4, 1907, at Plainville, Hartford County, Conn. He was employed at Macristy Industries in New Britain for more than 10 years before retiring in 1975, and was a member of Stanley Memorial Church in New Britain. Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Olive (Stockman) Parmaley. He is survived by son Donald of Ramona, San Diego County, Calif.; daughter Sandra Dabkowski of Wheaton, Montgomery County, Md.; stepdaughter Eleanor Roether of New Britain; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Burial will was be at Plainville's West Cemetery. Carlson Funeral Home of New Britain was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to Stanley Memorial Church, 639 East St., New Britain, CT 06051.


Pete [Albert "Bert," Franklin DeWitt, William "Hank" Henry, Stephen Asa, Amos, Amos, David, Joshua, John, John] of Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kan., died July 2, 2000, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. Pete was born Oct. 5, 1912, at Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., where he attended school and later worked on a ranch. He served in the Army in World War II, in the African campaign. After his discharge, he lived in New York where he worked for the Welch's Grape Co. and married Margaret Ruth Boylan, daughter of Arthur Boylan, on June 29, 1944. They had four children: Teddy Ramos, Don A., Anna LaRuth and Ida Zelpha. On May 10, 1975, he married Maxine Sykes Tickle and they moved to Coffeyville where he worked for Re-Con Co. They also lived at Grand Lake, Okla. He was a member of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 1022 of Coffeyville and the Disabled Veterans of Grove, Okla. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; Carolyn Lotter of Coffeyville; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Burial was at Coffeyville's Fairview Cemetery.


Hester [Frank, Luther Hart, Elisha, Theodore, Abraham, Abraham, Isaac, John, John] of Kent, Portage County, Ohio, died Jan. 14, 2000, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio. She was born March 23, 1913, in Kent and graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School. Survivors include her son, James R. Beal of Kent and two grandchildren. Her husband, Gerald R., died in 1998. She was buried at the family plot at Kent's Standing Rock Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation-Visiting Nurse, P.O. Box 1204, Ravenna, Ohio 44266-1204, or to Meals on Wheels. [Hester was my grandmother's youngest sister.--jw]


James [James Edward, William Giles, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Berg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died Feb. 7, 2000. He was born Jan. 28, 1928. He worked at the Police Department in Birmingham, Ala., and as a U.S. Treasury Department Special Investigator. James had an LLB degree from LaSalle University. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shrine, a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Fay (Olson), of Tuscaloosa; daughter Sharon McCluskey of Tuscaloosa; son Patrick of Pensacola; sister Ruth Ramsey of Gardendale, Ala.; brother Glenn of Pleasant Grove, Ala.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to Hospice of West Alabama or the American Cancer Society.


Jayne, a longtime teacher and wife of Robert Harold [Otto M., John Henry, William M., William C., --?--], died Aug. 14, 2000, at Hospice House in her hometown of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. She was born Dec. 14, 1920, the daughter of Raymond and Ruth (Dunbar) Bechtold, in North Manchester, Wabash County, Ind. Jayne was a member of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, the South Bend Regional Museum of Art and the St. Joseph County Retired Teachers Assn. For more than 20 years she taught for the South Bend Community School Corp. In addition to her husband, whom she married in 1941, she is survived by sons John R. of Orlando, Orange County, Fla., and Charles T. of South Bend; daughter Joyce Burke of Orlando; brother Dr. Max Bechtold of West Grove, Chester County, Pa.; and four grandchildren. The Forest G. Hay Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made in her memory to Sunnyside Presbyterian Church or Hospice of St. Joseph County.


Jerome [Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died of congestive heart failure at his home in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, lowa. He was born Dec. 30, 1904, the son of Braxton "Brack" Dick and Sally Belle (Brown) Parmley, on the family farm outside Grinnell. He graduated from Rock Creek School No. 8, where he later became a director. As a young man, Jerome played semi-professional baseball, and built and sold battery-powered radios. He and Minnie Jantzen were married at Newton, Jasper County, Iowa, on June 9, 1926, and they farmed in the Rock Creek area. He went on to be a repairman for the Kellogg Telephone Co., and worked for Maytag in Newton, Miracle Recreation Equipment in Grinnell, and the DeKalb Seed Corn Processing plant. Jerome was a former member of the Victor Grange. He is survived by daughters Ruth Fleener and Marlene Parmley, both of Grinnell. He was preceded in death by his wife; brother Elmer; half-brothers Arthur, Samuel, Olen, Luther "Lute" and Charlie; and half-sisters Eliza Reed, Elizabeth Reed, Mallie Adkins, Dillie Parmley, Linda Adkins, Lucy Butler and Jennie Chase. Burial was at Grinnell's Hazelwood Cemetery.


John [Everett Hood, Elbridge W., Warren Brown, James, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime resident of Amityville, Suffolk County, N.Y., died Nov. 7, 2000. John was a stage hand at the Jones Beach Theater at the time of his death and had been employed in that capacity for more than 40 years by Local 340, which he once headed as its president. John enjoyed building and woodworking in his spare time, as well. He served in the Air Force from 1953 to 1957. John was born Dec. 28, 1933, in New York City. He is survived by his children, Dr. John D. of Troy, Oakland County, Mich.; Steven E. of Lindenhurst, Suffolk County, N.Y., Nancy F. Daborowski of Wilmington, New Hanover County, N.C., and Robert K. of Babylon, Suffolk County, N.Y.; brothers Everett and George, both of Florida; and seven grandchildren. The Rev. William Feinberg of the Universalist Church of Bay Shore, N.Y., conducted memorial services at the Powell Funeral Home, 67 Broadway, Amityville, on Nov. 11.


Jonathan [Elliot "Hodie" Lester, Gladwin Earle, Hubert "Burt," Frederick H., Sylvester, Nathaniel, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a Vietnam War veteran and resident of Rockville, Tolland County, Conn., died Nov. 17, 2000, at Rockville General Hospital in Vernon, Tolland County, Conn. He was born March 24, 1951 in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., the son of Hodie and Ann (Milligan) Parmelee, and had lived in Manchester, Hartford County, Conn., and Coventry, Tolland County, Conn., before moving to Rockville 1 1/2 years ago. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and was employed as a truck driver at McCauley Enterprises in Hartford. Among his survivors are his mother, Floris; daughters Jessica and Kristin, both of Manchester Tolland County, Conn.; brothers James and Jeffrey, both of East Hartland, Hartford, Conn.; and his former wife, Mary, of Manchester. The Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be sent to The Parmelee Children Scholarship Fund, Savings Bank of Manchester, 923 Main St., Manchester CT 06040.


Laura, the widow of William Howe Parmalee [Walter Woodruff, George Henry, George Washington, Eliel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died June 4, 2000, in Glen Cove, Nassau County, N.Y. She was born Jan. 20, 1912, in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., the daughter of John and Anna (Szarcika) Leck of Poland, and lived in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., for 10 years. William died in 1984. They had at least four children: Laura Anne, John Francis, Joseph and Patricia Jane.


Macy, infant daughter of Lewis Parmelee [Lewis F., Frederick James, William Harry, Harry William, --?--] and Amy (Saglibene) Parmelee died Nov. 2, 2000. In addition to her parents, she is survived by sisters Madisen and Ashley, and brother Lewis; paternal grandparents Lewis of Massachusetts and Charlene of Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y.; maternal grandparents Ted and Ginger Saglibene of Horseheads, Chemung County, N.Y.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.Burial was at St. Mary Our Mother Cemetery in Horseheads. Memorials may be sent to the neo-natal intensive care unit at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905.


Michael [Louis Ray, Louis Ray, Louis "Ray" Ray, George Washington, Moses Edwards, Moses, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] died at his Edison Road home in Osceola, St. Joseph County, Ind., on April 26, 2000. County Coroner Chuck Hurley is investigating the cause of death. Michael was born Dec. 13, 1976. He is survived by son Tyler of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind.; mother and stepfather Carol (Kaiser) and Mike Fisher of Osceola; father and stepmother Louis and Glenda Parmelee of Tippecanoe County, Ind.; sister Dawn Trueblood of Niles, Berrien County, Mich.; and brothers Matthew at home and Chris of Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Ind. Palmer Funeral Home of Osceola was in charge of arrangements.


Mildred, widow of Eugene Parmley [Alva James, , Albion True, James Edward, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., died June 7, 2000, after a stroke. She was born Dec. 6, 1920, the daughter of Robert and Blanche Mather. Mildred worked in the attendance office at Highland High School for more than 30 years, and in her retirement years in a credit union office, a retirement home and a Campfire day care program. She was a musician and soprano soloist. Over the years she directed choirs at Monte Vista Christian Church and the Trinity & University Heights United Methodist Church for 25 years, retiring in 1989. She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter, Patricia. She is survived by nephews, a niece and other relatives. She was buried at Fairview Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Faith Chapel, 1726 Girard Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 or to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 3905 Las Vegas Drive SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105.

MILES M. NICHOLS ca1909-2000

Miles, widower of Margaret [Edward "Edison" William, Edward Levant, Leonard, Roswell, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Feb. 14, 2000, at his home in Sonoma, Sonoma County, Calif. He was born in Columbia, Boone County, Mo., and spent most of his life in retail management, 30 years or so of that in Anchorage, Alaska. He and Margaret enjoyed gardening, traveling and entertaining relatives and friends at their home. When Miles retired in 1973, they moved to California to be closer to their daughter. His survivors include daughter Betty E. Nichols of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., and sister Josephine Phillippe of Columbia. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Marin, Valley of the Moon Team, 370 W. Napa St., Sonoma, CA 95476.


Norm [Robert W., James "Robert" Robert, Robert James, George Washington, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Sept. 14, 2000, in Newport Beach, Orange County, Calif. He was born Nov. 11, 1935, at Orleans, Harlan County, Neb., the son of Robert W. and Marian "Lucille" (Guessford) Parmley. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1953, joined the Marines and moved to Southern California. He graduated with a bachelor of arts from California University and was a contract engineer for Rockwell Aerospace for 30 years. Upon retirement, he took up art and showed much of his work at art shows. Survivors include wife Sandy; daughter Kim; son Chris; four grandchildren; mother and stepfather Lucille and Ben Wassinger of Grand Island; father Robert of Grand Island; brother Gary of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.D.; and sister Jan Camp of Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colo. Burial was at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, Orange County, Calif.


Ralph [Earl Calvin, Lyman Seth, Giles, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died March 25, 2000, at his home at Vienna, Johnson County, Ill. He was born Dec. 3, 1925, at Danvers Township., Mc Lean County, Ill., the son of Earl Calvin and Iris Noreen (Roberts) Parmele. He and Loulyn Davis, daughter of Boyd and Bessie (Kinsinger) Davis, were married Aug. 25, 1945, at Mackinaw, Tazewell County, Ill. Bailey Funeral Home of Vienna was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Gilead Cemetery, Simpson, White County, Ill.


Richard [Arthur Ellsberry, Charles E., James E., Ellsberry, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], an auto mechanic, died Sept. 25, 2000, at his home in Markham, Cook County, Ill. He was born March 5, 1944, the son of Arthur and Flora Grace (Anderson) Parmley. In addition to his widow, Sharon, he is survived by sons James "Richard" of Unionville, Bedford County, Tenn., Mark of Butler, DeKalb County, Ind., Michael of Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tenn., and Steven and Jeremy, both of Markham.; brothers Millard "Bill" of California, Ernest of Sauk Village, Cook County, Ill., and Charles of Tennessee; sisters Joanne Sweeney, Peggy Turner and Pam Boyd, all of Tennessee, Judy Randol of Blue Island, Cook County, Ill., and Linda Perry of Country Club Hills, Cook County, Ill.; and six granddaughters. Burial was at Oakland Memory Lanes Cemetery in Dolton. Brady-Gill Funeral Home of Tinley Park was in charge of arrangements.


Robert, husband of Esther Parmelee [unplaced], died Feb 21, 2000, at his home in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He was born June 3, 1927 in Salt Lake City to Ralph M. and Lelia (Raymond) Emerson and was married to Esther on Nov. 4, 1950, in Salt Lake City. He was a member and served a term as president of the Utah Water Pollution Control Assn.; a member of American Public Works Assn., Utah Chapter; and other associations. He was graduated from the University of Utah, College of Engineering in 1951. and was a veteran of World War II. He retired from Templeton, Linke & Associates, Consulting Engineers and was a member of the Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his widow; daughters Mary Louine Bozich, Julie Ann Skidmore and Ellen Jane Emerson; sister Nancy Pitkin; and four grandsons. Evans & Early Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

ROY F. PARMLEY 1934-2000

Roy [Henry Claude, Parish Giles, Giles, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a mechanic, died Feb. 21, 2000, at his home in Ceres, Stanislaus County, Calif. He was born Jan. 10, 1934, at Duncan, Stephens County, Okla., and lived in Ceres for 34 years. He was a worked as s civil service mechanic at Castle Air Force Base, Atwater, near Atwater, Merced County, Calif., for 25 years. He was an Army veteran. He is survived by wife Patricia "Patty" of Ceres; sons William L. and Jack Ray, both of Ceres; daughter Brenda Lawrence of Ceres; brothers Jack of Tucson, Pima County, Ariz., and Jim of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis.; sisters Millie Fondren of Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif., Helen Walker of Turlock, Stanislaus County, Calif., and Jenny McGuire of Chehalis, Lewis County, Wash.; and nine grandchildren. Burial was at Ceres Memorial Park. The Colonial Chapel of Franklin & Downs in Modesto was in charge of arrangements. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1765 Challenge Way #115, Sacramento CA 95815; or the Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Chapter, 3040 Explorer Drive #1, Sacramento CA 95827.


Tom [Vursel Paul, Luther "Lute," Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a Maytag worker and restaurateur, died Aug. 27, 2000, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. He was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, the son of Vursel and Cecil (Messer) Parmley. He was a 1952 graduate of Grinnell High School. Tom and Ruth Preston were married in 1954. He was employed at the Maytag Co. in Newton, Jasper County, Iowa, and the Three Elms Restaurant in Grinnell. In 1966, he and Mary (Long) Butler were wed in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Ill. They lived in Grinnell and operated the Longhorn Restaurant. Later they moved to Montezuma, Poweshiek County, Iowa, and operated the Maid Rite and Tom and Mary's Restaurant. After he retired in the early '90s, they returned to Grinnell. He was a member of the Eagles and Elks lodges and the Grinnell American Legion. Surviving are his wife; son Chris of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa; daughters Lisa Parmley of Council Bluffs, and Valerie Leviton and Sylvia Parmley, both of Tucson, Pima County, Ariz.; stepsons Brad*, Rick and Michael Butler, all of Grinnell, and Randy Butler of Walden, Orange County, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and sisters Mary Barker and Linda Parmley, both of Gilman, Marshall County, Iowa. He was preceded in death by brother Jack. Burial was at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Malcom, Poweshiek County, Iowa. The Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

* In Mary's obit, he is Brad Parmley.


William [Thomas Noah, Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired Linotype operator with the Metropolis News, which is now the Metropolis Planet, died Oct. 21, 2000, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis, Massac County, Ill. He was born June 12, 1922, the son of Thomas and Minnie (Steinkamp) Parmley. William was a Navy lieutenant commander in World War II and the Korean War. He also was the owner and operator of Fort Massac Printing. Among his survivors are son William of Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Ida., and sister Mary Reynolds of Vienna, Johnson County, Ill. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie. Burial was at Metropolis' IOOF Cemetery with American Legion Post No. 306 -- of which he was a member -- conducting military graveside rites. Miller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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