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Harold [William Gordon, William "Will" Moses, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] died Jan. 17, 2002. He was born Feb. 16, 1905, in Cetopa, Labette County, Kan., moved to Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., when he was 9, and was a 1923 graduate of Commerce High School. He was a Grange master during World War II, and held a variety of jobs, including legal secretary, gold miner and farmer, before retiring in 1966. Remembrances in his name may be made to the Dixie Mountain Grange.


Connie, a schoolteacher and the second of Marvin Glenn Palmerlee's [Forrest Fay, Franklin De Witt, William "Hank" Henry, Stephen Asa, Amos, Amos, David, Joshua, John, John] three wives, died July 8, 2002, at Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, King County, Wash. She was 102. She was born May 29, 1900, on the Puyallup Indian Reservation, Pierce County, Wash., and was a great-granddaughter of Washington Territory Gov. William Pickering. She was a 1918 graduate of Lincoln High School, and went on to earn a music degree in 1926 from the University of Washington where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She played the piano with her family orchestra and the organ at the local church. During World War II, she worked in the USO in Anchorage, Alaska, organizing musical and dramatic productions to entertain the troops. After the war, she was involved in local politics, environmental issues and was a supporter of the Ravenna Senior Center. She taught at various high schools in the state until her retirement in the 1960s. She is survived by brother Ronald Phillips and sisters Rosamond Bargelt and Marjorie Gregory. She outlived Marvin, whom she divorced, and her second husband, Donald Douglas, whom she married when they were both 92. The Acacia Funeral Home in Bothell was in charge of arrangements.


Daphne, the wife of Robert Bert Parmelee [Mar Bert, Moses Edward, Moses Edwards, Moses, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], died Dec. 16, 2002, at St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, Montgomery County, Ill. She was 72. She was born July 4, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of George and Laura (Farris) Sawyer. She and Robert were married Sept. 11, 1948, at Staunton, Macoupin County, Ill. Williamson Funeral Home of Staunton was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Staunton.


Donald [Ray, Lawrence Eugene, John Edward, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a businessman, died Dec. 14, 2002. He was born Dec. 24, 1941, in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, to Ray and Jimmie (Jordan) Parmley. He was a member of the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, Henderson County, Texas, where he also owned the River Hills Farm. He previously owned Dal-lite Sales Inc. of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, and Pro-lite Sales Inc. of Shreveport, Caddo Parish, La. He had been married to Linda "Nina" Carroll Henderson. Survivors include wife Rosemary; sons Greg of Keller, Tarrant County, Texas, Chad of Denton, Denton County, Texas; daughter Lisa Bohannon of Carrollton, Denton County, Texas; stepmother Myrtle Parmley of Tyler, Smith County, Texas; stepsons Chris and Blaine Sanders; stepdaughters Ginnie and Danielle Sanders; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; brothers Charles of Flint, Smith County, Texas, and Douglas of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Burial was in the private family cemetery on River Hills Farm. Memorials may be made to Rock Hill Baptist Church's New Building Fund, 10768 CR 3405, Brownsboro TX 75756, or Brownsboro High School FFA.


Edward [Edward Lincoln, Joel Cruttenden, Joel, Joel, John, John, John, John, John], a retired accountant and World War II veteran, died Sept. 1, 2002, at Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine. He was born Aug. 17, 1906, in Connecticut, the son of Edward and Lydia A. (Coffin) Parmelee. He is survived by his widow, the former Frances "Betty" Elizabeth Quinby; daughter Patricia Knittel of South Portland, Cumberland County, Maine; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Red Cross, 524 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101. Hobbs Funeral Home of South Portland was in charge of arrangements.


Ed [John "Watts" Watson, Allen Ambrose, Samuel, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], an auto salesman, died Nov. 9, 2002, at the residence of his brother, Van, in Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas. Ed was born Dec. 27, 1915, in Dalhart, Dallam County, Texas, the son of Watts and Ruby (Dickerson) Parmley. Ed was a Baptist. In addition to his brother, survivors include daughter Jackie Rubio of Denver, Denver County, Colo.; sons John of Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colo., and Michael of Hot Springs, Fall River County, S.D.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at Colorado City Cemetery. Kiker-Seale Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Johynee [Emmert Orval Trimble, John Reed, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired register nurse who served as an Army nurse in World War II, died Jan. 13, 2002, at Monett Health Care Center in Monett, Barry County, Mo. She was born Dec. 7, 1921, the daughter of Emmert and Violet M. (Hankins) Parmley, in Butterfield, Barry County, Mo. She received her training at Mercy Hospital at Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kan., graduating in 1942, and entered the Army in March, 1943. As a lieutenant, Johynee assisted convalescing servicemen at the 159th General Hospital in England. "Our wounded boys are the best patients any nurse ever had," she was quoted as saying. "They have amazing vitality, and their morale is excellent." She was married to Oscar D. Trotta during the war. Survivors include brother Donald "Butch." She was preceded in death by brothers Emmert "Jess" and Gerald "Windy." Burial was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Butterfield.


Harold, widower of Aldea Woodroe Parmley [Arthur H., Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a long-time resident of Spokane, Spokane County, Wash., died Jan. 12, 2002. He was born in 1920 in Potlatch, Latah County, Ida. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the China-Burma-India Theater, and worked for R.C. Hughes Electrical Contractor for more than 30 years, retiring in 1982 as a shop foreman. Harold and Aldea Parmley, daughter of Arthur H. and Minnie Abigail Hedrick, were married May 5, 1947; she died in 2001. His survivors include two nephews and a niece. Burial was at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane. Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Opal, wife of John B. Parmalee [unplaced], died June 29, 2002, at her home in Windsor. Henry County, Mo. She was a homemaker and had also worked at Windsor's Resthaven Nursing Home for several years. She was born April 7, 1942, near Mack's Creek, Camden County, Mo., the daughter of Rev. Edward Levi and Beatrice Francies (Driskill) Pennel. She and John were married May 27, 1960, at Wooster's Calvary Baptist Church, of which she was a member. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Ravonda Earline Parmalee of Calhoun, Henry County, Mo., Tamera Elaine Crawford of Bitburg, Germany, and Ruby Francies Hooton of Warrensburg, Johnson County, Mo.; nine grandchildren; sisters May A. Harbor, Rose E. Creach and Janie A. Douglas; and a brother, the Rev. Roy A. Pennel. She was preceded in death by brothers John and Paul; granddaughter Candace; and two nieces. The Hadley Funeral Home of Windsor was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Windsor's Laurel Oak Cemetery.


Robert [Harry Dillon, Henry William, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] died Aug. 1, 2002, a year after being inducted into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame. He was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Bettendorf, Scott County, Iowa, son of Harry Dillon and Lillie Maybelle (Sergeant) Parmele. He graduated summa cum laude from Iowa State University with a degree in agricultural engineering. During World War II, he served as a navigator in the Army Air Corps in B-17 and B-29 bombers. He survived being shot down over Poland. After returning home, he founded the Bettendorf Airport in 1947, launched Agona Air Service and became a certified flight instructor in 1950. He also manufactured a navigation tool called Parmele Navigator and flew a modified Cessna 206 with a camera port on the belly for Tri-States Mapping & Surveying Co., allowing him to produce topography with an accuracy of 6 inches. He is survived by sisters-in-laws Edna and Dorothy, a nephew and a niece. He was preceded in death by brothers Charles and Fenton.


Bill [Ernest Banes, William Leonard, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a lifelong resident of Seattle, King County, Wash., died Jan. 11, 2002. He was born Feb. 7, 1934. Bill is survived by his widow, Beverly (Kuntz); sons William and Richard; daughters Melissa and Jackie; and five grandchildren. The Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home of Seattle was in charge of arrangements. Remembrances in his name may be made to the Diabetes Assn.

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