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The oldest family members that I have obituaries for are:


Alexcia [Alicia Ann, Ronald Charles, Charles Sergeant, Harry Dillon, Henry William, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], a preschooler who enjoyed hair bows, makeup, and just being a beautiful little girl, died May 30, 2011, at Covenant Health Care in Midland, Midland County, Mich., after traffic accident. Michigan State Police said the car in which she was riding failed to stop for backed-up traffic on eastbound U.S. 10 in Monitor Township, struck another vehicle and went across the median near Mackinaw Road. She was born Oct. 17, 2005, in Midland, the daughter of Alicia Ann Parmele. She loved to sing, dance, and attended Stepping Stones Day Care and Preschool. In addition to her mother, she is survived by sister Aleiyia, grandfather Ronald Parmele of Midland; aunts and uncles, Melissa Hancock, and Christopher, Matthew, Jordan, Jalen, Emanuel, Darian, James and Joshua Parmele. She was preceded in death two days earlier by grandmother Catherine Parmele. The Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Arlo [unplaced], a resident of Viroqua, Vernon County, Wisc., died July 18, 2011, at Vernon Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born in Ferryville, Crawford County, Wisc., on Jan. 24, 1935, to Leon and Bessie Parmly. Arlo joined the Air Force in February 1954, and was married to Janice Getter on Dec. 26, 1954, at the Viroqua Church of Christ. While in the service they lived in Biloxi, Harrison County, Miss., Great Falls, Cascade County, Mont., and RAF Mildenhall base in Suffolk, England. He was a member of the Bozeman Chord Rustlers Barbershop Chorus and Charlie McGuire & Co. Quartet. Arlo was also an elder in the Church of Christ and a member of New Life Community Church He is survived by his wife; daughters Pamela Flink of Kalispell, Flathead County, Mont., and Paula Dickinson of the independent city of Bristol, Va.; sons Perry of Rome, Oneida County, N.Y., Preston of Fulton, Whiteside County, Ill., and Phillip of Yokota Air Base in Japan; brothers Bob Womack of Rialto, San Bernardino County, and Bud Whitney of Viroqua; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister Clarice Brown; and a grandson.


Barbara, a longtime resident of St. Johns, a community within Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., a community activist and widow of Loren "Red" Leonard Parmelee [Loren Leonard, William Leonard G., Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died March 30, 2011, in her home. She worked as an administrative assistant with the Portland Public Schools until her retirement in the early 1980s. Barbara was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Wash., to Frank O. and Esther A. Myers. She was raised and educated in Hoquiam, and was graduated from Commerce (now Cleveland) High School in Portland in 1944. After high school, Barbara moved to San Francisco. She and Loren eloped in 1951 and were married in Reno, Washoe County, Nev. Loren was enlisted with the Army Air Corps and together they traveled the world and raised their family. They came to Portland in 1969. Barbara worked with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, USAF Family Services, the PTA, the American Legion, the 7th Ferrying Group, the Visiting Nurses Assn., the St. Johns Parade Committee, the Peninsula Senior Center and the Shirlee Ann Fund. She is survived by daughter SuAnn G. Parmelee; sons Glen A. and James R.; grandchildren Amanda R. Parmelee and Amber N. Panian; a great-grandson; and brother David Myers. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by daughter Glenn R. Parmelee; son Loren L. III; and brother Glen A. Myers. At Barbara’s request, no services were held. Contributions may be made to the Shirlee Ann Fund at Bank of America or USA Cares. Hustad Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Bonnie, wife of Brownlow "Brownie" Eugene Parmley [Thaddeus "Gene" Eugene, Thaddeus "Thad," William Harrison, Robert, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died June 14, 2011, at Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria. Rapides Parish, La. She was 72. Bonnie was the daughter of James Irvin and Johnnie Marie (Bearden) Ingram. In addition to her husband of 52 years, Bonnie is survived by sons Eric of DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, La., and Brian of Alexandria; sisters Johnnie Thompson of Arkadelphia, Clark County, Ark., and Martha Fielle of Marshall, Harrison County, Texas; grandson Brad Parmley of DeRidder; and great-grandchildren Michael and Annabelle Parmley.


Brian [Richard Howard, Vernon "Verlie" Basil, Roy Otto, James W., Marcus "Mark" Hulbert, James Clark, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, Stephen, John, John], an outdoorsman and tarp manufacturer, died July 9, 2011, at his home in Martinsville, Morgan County, Ind. He was born Oct. 25, 1960, in Martinsville, to Richard and Margretha L. (Sandusky) Parmerlee Tuttle. Brian worked for Gosport Manufacturing where he made tarps. He was a 1978 graduate of Martinsville High School and enjoyed fishing, ginseng and mushroom hunting. Among his survivors are his mother; stepfather Wendell Tuttle of Westmoreland, Sumner County, Tenn.; son Brian Jr.; daughter Katherine Elizabeth Amelia Parmerlee of Spencer, Owen County, Ind.; brother Richard Jr. of Ellettsville, Monroe County, Ind.; sisters Vicki Briant of Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., and Regina Treece of Martinsville, Morgan County, Ind.; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew. Burial was at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Monrovia, Morgan County, Ind. Neal & Summers Funeral & Cremation Center of Martinsville was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family was seeking contributions to help defray funeral expenses.


Kalo, widow of Edward "Ted" Tryon Parmelee [Allan Edward, Edward Kibbe, Calvin Zina, Zina, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired psychologist and former fashion editor of the Miami Herald, died May 17, 2011. She and Ted lived in Sarasota, Sarasota County, Fla., and had a summer home in Rockland, Knox County, Maine. She was born March 24, 1929, in Horicon, Dodge County, Wisc., the daughter of Russell and Alice Wilcox; she was nicknamed Kalo by her older sister. In 1941 the family moved to Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisc., where she attended Milwaukee Downer School. She graduated as president of the 1950 senior class from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in literature. Kalo worked as a sales manager at Bloomingdale's in New York City before settling Florida where she took a job with the Miami newspaper. She married Mosby Gooding Cardozo in 1956 and had three children. After her 1963 divorce, Kalo raised her children, and earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Miami. She became an associate professor, president of the Florida Psychological Assn., and maintained a private practice in Miami. She and Edward were married in 1984. Among Kalo's survivors are son Russell Cardozo of Columbia, Howard County, Md.; daughter Cary Paul of Boulder, Boulder County, Colo.; stepchildren Scott Parmelee, Ellen Emerson and Lynne Warns; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands; son Alexsei Cardozo; and sister Patricia Wilcox. Burial was at Horicon's Oakhill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Smith College Alumni Fund or Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota. Wiegand Brothers of Sarasota was in charge of arrangements.


Catherine, wife of Ronald Charles Parmele [Charles Sergeant, Harry Dillon, Henry William, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], died May 28, 2011, at the MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland, Midland County, Mich., after a battle with cancer and many years of diabetes-related illnesses. Catherine devoted her life to her 10 children, enjoyed the beauty of her tropical birds, and worked in the rescue of dogs. She was born Dec. 28, 1944, in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, the daughter of Conrad A. and Marguerite (Olson) Anderson. Catherine attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She taught elementary education in Iowa until she and Ronald were married July 14, 1972, in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Melissa Hancock, and Christopher, Matthew, Alicia, Jordan, Jalen, Emanuel, Darian, James and Joshua Parmele; and 11 grandchildren. The Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Great Lakes Mastif Rescue, c/o Jan Corlew: Boulder Ridge Farm, 6330 Greenwood Road, Gladwin, MI 48624-9132.


Charles [William Alvis (?), William Irvin, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], co-founder of House of Hope Recovery Center in Grove, Delaware County, Okla., died April 21, 2011. He was born April 8, 1929, in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., to William and Mary Agnes (O'Dell) Parmley and was a 1946 graduate of Tulsa Webster High School. Soon after, Charlie joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany at the end of World War II. After leaving the military, he went to work for the Spartan School of Aeronautics, first as an instructor and later as director of student admissions. He and Barbara Herod were married Dec. 18, 1965, in Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Ark., and they moved to Maysville, Benton County, Ark., to farm and raise a family. Charlie loved to spend most of his time outdoors and one of his favorite hobbies was cutting wood. Charlie, a co-founder of the House of Hope, was a 41-year friend of Bill W. [Click here to hear Charlie tell his story in 1986.] He is survived by wife Barbara; son Kurt Icenberger of Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas; daughters Charlotte Parmley of Grove, Delaware County, Okla., Valerie Bookout of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., and Marcia Blaine of Seymour, Webster County, Mo.; and 13 great-grandchildren. Charlie was preceded in death by brothers Jim and Bob. Services were at Mt. Hermon Church in Jay, Delaware County, Okla., and burial was at Maysville Cemetery. The Worley-Luginbuel Funeral home in Jay handled the arrangements.


Christopher [Billy Ray, Fred Edgar, Harry Edwin, Frederick Luman, James Edwin, Luman H., --?--] died March 12, 2011, at his home in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky. He was born June 17, 1977, in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky., son of Bill Parmelee and the late Bonnie (Brooks) Cordell. Among his survivors are his father, Bill; brother Jonathan; nephew Chase; and grandmother Louise (Kendrick) Parmelee. Burial was at Monticello's Kendrick Cemetery. The Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home in Monticello was in charge of arrangements.


Edna, widow of Charles Sergeant Parmele [Harry Dillon, Henry William, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], died Feb. 6, 2011, at Ridgecrest Village Retirement Home in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. She was born in 1917 in Lorimor, Union County, Iowa, the daughter of Walter Lee and Retta Mae Bridenstine. She and Charles were married June 17, 1944; he died in 2000. Together they farmed in north Bettendorf, Scott County, Iowa. Edna worked as a art teacher in Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa; Rockford, Winnebago County, Ill.; and Davenport. Upon retirement in 1944, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Davenport and Bettendorf school districts. An avid reader, Edna participated most of her life in book clubs, but first and foremost, she was an artist, who exhibited her paintings and won several Quad City awards. Her memberships included: First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, IHN Circle of the King's Daughters, Friends of Art, American Assn. of University Women, and Republican Women of Scott County. She also volunteered at Ridgecrest Service League and was active in its choir. She is survived by son Ronald of Midland, Midland County, Mich.; daughter Margaret Lucia, Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Davenport's Pine Hill Cemetery.


Elizabeth [Laddon, James, Robert, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] , a longtime employee of the Brown Shoe Co., died Sept. 22, 2011, at Potosi Manor Care Center in her hometown of Potosi, Washington County, Mo., She was born Jan. 19, 1918 in Potosi, the daughter of Laddon and Laura (Morgan) Parmley. Elizabeth and James Edward Bunch were married in Feb. 13, 1936, in Potosi; he died in 1981. She enjoyed crocheting and preparing her flower and vegetable garden for the growing season. She was an energetic lady who loved to shop, go to yard sales and was always ready to attend an auction or flea market. Elizabeth is survived by three granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sister Grace Green of St. Louis, Mo.; brothers Luther Parmley of St. Louis, and Floyd Parmley of Irondale, Washington County, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by daughter Barbara Jean Wren; sons James E. and Donald W. Bunch; sisters Bertha Lee Patterson, Mary Wright and Barbara Kostecki; and brothers James, Robert and Raymond Parmley. Burial took place at Potosi's Sunset Hill Cemetery. The Moore Funeral Home in Potosi was in charge of arrangements.


Ellen, a retired financial employee and former wife of the late Thomas Jennison Parmley [Joseph, Thomas Jennison, Joseph Dawson, Maria, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmund, John, --?--, Henry], died Oct. 17, 2011. She was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, to Milan and Eva (Derikrava) Price. She was a graduate of Jordan High School and worked at First Federal Savings and American Express, where she retired. She resided at the Rocky Mountain Care Center. She is survived by son Michael Robert Parmley; grandsons Austin Michael Parmley and Dylan Chandler Parmley; brothers Don and Mitchell Price; sisters Ann Theos and Amelia Price; and her dog, Chewy. She was preceded in death by brothers George, Proko and Robert Price; and sisters Soka Bozanic, Mary Price, Mamie Church, Dorothy Drekulich, Ruby McCardell and Rose Barrington. At her request there were no services.


Elsie died Sept. 18, 2011. She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif., the oldest of Walter and Elsie Stormont's 12 children. Elsie and her high school sweetheart William George Parmelee [unplaced] were wed in 1941. After serving in the military during World War II as a boiler maker, he returned home and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, and then Arco Oil until he retired. After his death in 1980, she met National Geographic photographer Hubert Lowman at church in Arroyo Grande, San Louis Obispo County, Calif., and they were married in 1992. After his death in 2006, she lived in her home at the Grandmothers Park in Arroyo Grande, then returned to Bakersfield in 2009 and enjoyed life at Carriage House Estates and then Glenwood Gardens. Elsie worked at Kress' Five & Dime, and many years as the seamstress for Elyse Dress Shop and Judds Specialty Shop. She enjoyed singing, and belonged to various clubs and organizations including Native Daughters of the Golden West, Grandmothers Clubs in Bakersfield and Arroyo Grande and Goldenaires. She visited England, Ireland, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia and much of the United States. She was preceded in death by her husbands; brothers Jim, Sam, Gilbert, Ted and Dick Stormont; son Billy Parmelee; and granddaughter Kimmie Parmelee. Among her survivors are sons Bob, Dick and John; daughter Teresa; grandchildren Christopher, Robyn and Cole Parmelee; brother, John Stormont; sisters Esther Chapman, Joy Bircher, Jean Towne, Lydia Belle Carl, and Barbara Jane Lewis; and many nieces and nephews. Burial was at Bakersfield's Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary.


Ernest [Arthur Ellsberry, Charles E., James E., Ellsberry, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Jan. 28, 2011, at the Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Coffee and Franklin counties, Tenn. A native of Johnston City, Williamson County, Ill., he was the son of Arthur E. and Flora Grace (Anderson) Parmley, and born Dec. 28, 1938. Ernest was a member of the Sauk Village Church of God in Illinois. He is survived by daughter Debbie Truesdale of Illinois; brother Millard "Bill" of California; sisters Joann Sweeney of Manchester, Peggy Turner of Manchester, Pamela Boyd of Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tenn., Linda Perry of Steger, Cook and Will counties, Ill., and Judy Randol of Blue Island, Cook County, Ill.; and two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel (Trussell) Parmley in 2007; and brothers Charles L. , Ernest and Richard. A memorial service was held in the Tullahoma Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Riddle officiating.


Ethel [Thomas Benton, William Henry, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 30, 2011, at Granby House in Granby, Newton County, Mo., following a lengthy illness. She was born June 23, 1916, in Newton County, the daughter of Benton and Nellie (Henry) Parmley, and was a lifelong area resident and a cosmetologist. She married John York, who preceded her in death in 1975, and is survived by sister Juanita Williams of Newtonia, Newton County, Mo.; brother Thomas "Joe" of Seneca, Newton County, Mo.; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Henry, George, and Johnny; and sisters Ella and Irma. Burial was at Granby's Berwick Cemetery. The Clark Funeral Home Chapel in Granby was in charge of arrangements. Contributions in Ethel's memory may be made to the Ethel York Memorial Fund, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 26, Granby, 64844.


Gavin, son of Ashley Parmele [unplaced] and Martin Jack, died in his parents’ arms Jan. 10, 2011, at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Johnson County, Mo. Gavin was born in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo., on Jan. 7, 2011. He is survived by his parents; maternal grandparents Candie and George Elkins; paternal grandparents Larry and Sandy Jack; paternal grandmother Jackie Manor; maternal great-grandparents Ed and Cathey Bossert; paternal great-grandmother Altha Rhoades; and aunts and uncles. Services were at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, and burial was at St. Joseph's Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital or Ronald McDonald’s House.


George [Luke Wheelock, George Everett, Luke Wheelock, Daniel Everett, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] died at his home in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., on Nov. 5, 2011. He was born Jan. 8, 1951, in Lincoln, Addison County, Vt., the son of Luke and Evelyn M. Parmelee. His survivors include soul mate Karen Rome, daughters Jaime and Jennifer, and sister Marilyn Parmelee. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan (Hawks) Parmelee. His family and friends celebrate his life at The Chart House in Weehawken, N.J.


Grace, a retired real estate broker and widow of Richard Henry Parmley [Seba Williams, Mary Ellen (Watson), Joseph, Maria, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry], died April 4, 2011, at her home in West Mifflin, Allegheny County, Pa. She was born in 1918 and was chosen by Frank and Orlene Gleba of Allentown, Lehigh County, Pa. She was a broker for McShane Real Estate of Munhall, Allegheny County, Pa. Grace was an active member of Amity Presbyterian Church of Dravosburg, Allegheny County, Pa., and taught Sunday school for more than 60 years. Her survivors include son Rick of St. Simon's Island, Glynn County, Ga.; daughter Kathleen Montgomery of West Mifflin; one grandchild and nieces and nephews. The Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home of Pleasant Hills was in charge of arrangements.


Grace [Chester Wilfred, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, William Cockfield, Solomon, Mark, Mark, Job, John, John; and also Chester Wilfred, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, Elisa Ann, Reuben, Levi, Mark, Job, John, John], widow of Eric G. Nygard and a resident of Southington, Hartford County, Conn., died Feb. 3, 2011, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, New Haven County, Conn. She was born in Attleboro, Bristol County, Mass., on July 10, 1924, the daughter of the Rev. Chester Wilfred and Sarah (Wilcox) Parmley. She is survived by daughter Sharon Hudson of Southington; son Paul of Southington; brother Robert of Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Grace was also predeceased by brother Stanley. A private graveside service will be held in the spring in Southington's South End Cemetery. The Paul A. Shaker / Farmingdale Funeral Home, New Britain, was in charge of arrangements.


Services for Halistene [unplaced] were held Jan. 10, 2011, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. She was born about 1913 and married Dr. Arthur David Greene on June 29, 1936, in Horry County, S.C.; he died in 1976. Her survivors include son Dr. Arthur D.; grandchildren Ericka P. Gray, Kelley R. Dorsett and Dr. Michael D. Greene; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens in North Charleston, S.C. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church Building Fund, 109 Line St., Charleston, SC 29403.


Helen [Meredith B., Eugene/Elmer Clyde, Byron F., Lemuel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Oct. 28, 2011, of a bone infection at Emeritus Silverdale Memory Care Facility, at Silverdale, Kitsap County, Wash. The daughter of Meredith and Margaret (Robertson) Parmelee, she was born Feb. 12, 1933, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Her first husband was Nick Brooks, whom she married in 1953, and her second was Hollis "Sandy" Sanderson, whom she married in 1976. She was actively involved in Cub Scouts, Bluebirds, being a room mother, and the PTA. She loved to bowl and was a scorekeeper when her children bowled in their Junior leagues. Helen worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard from 1971 to 1993. Widowed in 2005, she moved the following year to Silverdale where she was a member of the Silverdale Baptist Church. Helen is survived by sons Bob and Bill Brooks; daughters Barbara Doty and Becky Mesa; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; three stepdaughters; and many step-grand and step-great-grandchildren. A gathering to celebrate her life was held in Suisun City, Solano County, Calif. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn./, Western & Central Washington State Chapter, 100 W. Harrison St., North Tower, Seattle, WA 98119.


Cliff [Hillis C., Watson B., Charles W., Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a longtime educator and musician, died May 12, 2011, at his home in Meridian, Ada County, Idaho. Cliff was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Denver, Denver County, Colo. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-54 at Williams AFB in Chandler, Maricopa County, Ariz. He and Aurora Flores were married Aug. 18, 1951, in Chandler. He graduated in 1957 from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts, and earned a Masters of Arts in Music Education the following year. Cliff taught in the Arizona public school system for two years, and then spent 28 years as an educator in the Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo., public school system. He was a member of the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra for nearly 20 years--he played several instruments including the piano and violin--and enjoyed fly-fishing, camping, archery, dancing, bowling and traveling. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Nativity in Meridian and the Meridian Senior Center. Among his survivors are wife Roe; sons Robert of Pasco, Franklin County, Wash., Richard of Meridian, Thomas of Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Ariz., Rudolph "Rudy" of Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, N.M.; daughters Linda Winston of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo., Becky Garner of Fountain, El Paso County, Colo., and Kathy Henry of Meridian; brothers Lloyd of Genoa, Lincoln County, Colo., and Gary of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo.; sister Roberta Guinn of Denver; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Accent Funeral Home of Meridian was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Meridian Senior Center, 133 W. Broadway Ave., Meridian, ID 83642.


Hunter [Craig Patrick, Darwin Allison, Frederick Allison, Frank O., Chester Alanson, Jason, Luther, Ozias, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a student at Journey High School in Scottville, Mason County, Mich., died Dec. 11, 2011, the day after the vehicle in which he was riding went off of the road and hit several trees. Hunter had turned 16 on the day of the accident. He was born Dec. 10, 1995, in Muskegon, Muskegon County, Mich., to Craig Parmalee and Tanya Rader. Hunter liked to hunt, fish, ride quads, attend mud runs, and work on cars. His survivors include his parents, Craig of Rothbury, Oceana County, Mich., and Tanya of Custer, Mason County, Mich.; brothers Aaron and Austin both of Custer; maternal grandparents Dorothy and Robert Battice of Custer, and Donna Rader of Branch; paternal grandparents Darwin Parmalee of Florida and Jeanine Cover of Shelby, Oceana County, Mich.; great-grandmother Vivian Parmalee of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich.; various aunts, uncles, and cousins. Hunter was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Rader. Services were held at the Mason County Reformed Church in Scottville. The Stephens Funeral Home of Scottville was in charge of arrangements.


Jane, a legal secretary and real estate agent, died Oct. 7, 2011, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. She was born Nov. 21, 1930, the daughter of Russell and Helen Runk, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill. She was the former wife of David L. Parmelee [Charles "Allen" Allyn, Charles A., James, James, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John]. Jane graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., and attended UCLA where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She enjoyed reading, traveling with friends--and beating them at cards--and volunteered with the Mary Duke Guild. She is survived by sons Larry of Los Angeles and John of Seattle, King County, Wash.; daughter Meredith of Los Angeles; and seven grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.


Jo Ann [James Thomas, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John] died March 28, 2011, in Spain. No other details are known. She was born Sept. 29, 1948, the daughter of James Thomas and June May (Hartung) Parmelee. She was preceded in death by brother James.


Joann, an educator and the first kindergarten teacher for the New London (Ohio) Local School District, died Oct. 3, 2011, in a Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, nursing home. She had been in declining health for several years. She was born March 30, 1928, the daughter of Fred S. and Anna Mary (Souders) Powers, at Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio, and grew up in Columbus, graduating from West High School in 1945. She met her first husband, James F. Walters [Frances "Fanny" Pearl, Frank Hart, Luther Hart, Elisha, Theodore, Abraham, Abraham, Isaac, John, John], while they were attending Bowling Green State University and they were wed in 1949. They moved to his home town of New London, Huron County, Ohio, and taught across the hall from each other at North Fairfield Elementary. While she spent several years away from the classroom raising her children, she ran a private kindergarten in her home. When the district created its first K class in 1963, it had no room, so Joann taught morning and afternoon sessions in the Sunday school classrooms of the United Methodist Church. Among her students was daughter Jane who was admonished by one of her classmates: "The teacher is Mrs. Walters, not Mommy!" In between cross-country summer family camping excursions, Jim and Joann earned master’s degrees at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. In 1969, the family moved to Greenwich, Huron County, Ohio, where he became principal at South Central High School and she was hired by Willard Area Schools, first as a teacher at Richmond Elementary and then as an administrator. After Jim’s death in 1973, she was employed as an administrator with the Richland County Department of Education. Joann married fellow educator Harold R. Hayden in 1975, and the two lived briefly in Columbus before retiring to Florida, where they resided in Venice, Sarasota and Punta Gorda, and she wrote federal grant applications for Charlotte County. After their divorce, she lived in Goose Creek, Berkeley County, S.C., for several years, and had a brief marriage to Charles Oswald. Following that divorce, she lived with her daughter’s family in Mulberry, Polk County, Fla., and then moved to Columbus when her health began to deteriorate. She is survived by sons Jim F. Walters, the host of this website, of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., and Joel D. Walters of Columbus; brother James A. (and Pat) Powers of Hendersonville, Henderson County, N.C.; son-in-law Michael Shaffer; and grandchildren Anna and Payden Shaffer. In addition to her first two husbands, she was preceded in death by daughter Jane A. Shaffer. Burial was at New London's Grove Street Cemetery. The Eastman Funeral Home in New London was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice.


Joe [Frederick James, William Harry, Harry William, -- ? --], a resident of Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., and a retired employee of Mapes Moving and Storage, died Sept. 18, 2011. The son of Frederick and Ruth (Crandall) Parmelee, he was born April 17, 1929. Joe worked for several moving companies and was an avid bowler. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janette; daughters Loretta Jones, Doreen Smolinsky, Joanne Tofte, and Andrea Harris; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers James, Louie and Donald Parmelee; sisters Marge Cornell, Pearl Campbell, Marguerite Fredricks, Beatrice Ludovici, and Dawn Gilmore; and his faithful dog, Buddy. He was predeceased by sister Ruth Ruland; and brothers Fred, Harry, and George Parmelee. One of the highlight of his last few years was walking every morning to Chris' Diner. When Joe could no longer make the walk, several friends would pick him up so he could have his pancakes and sausage, and share time with them. Burial was at Binghamton's Spring Forest Cemetery. The William R. Chase & Son Funeral Home of Port Dickinson was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made in Joe's memory to The Humane Society, 2 Jackson St., Binghamton, NY 13903.


Joyce, widow of Charles C. Parmley [Thomas H., Del Vere, Walter "William" Lafayette, John, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a cafeteria worker for many years, died Feb. 12, 2011. She was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Crawford County, Ark., to Jesse and Mary Ellen (Brewer) Hall. Joyce married Walter N. Scoggins in 1949 and they had three children. They moved to the Kansas City area in 1951, and later divorced. In 1962, Joyce married Charles Parmley. She worked at the Forum Cafeteria in Independence, Jackson County, Mo., for many years, and later, operated a children's day care from her home. Joyce was a long-time member of the Life Church of Kansas City, where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was preceded in death by husband Charles in 1994; infant son Michael Charles Parmley; and all four of her siblings. She is survived by four children, Walter Scoggins, Jess Scoggins, Judy Gunderson, and Patti Parmley O'Neal; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence. The Carson-Speaks Funeral Home of Independence was in charge of arrangements.


Kenny [Louis Ray, Louis "Ray" Ray, George Washington, Moses Edwards, Moses, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] died of cancer Oct. 30, 2011, at his home in Niles, Berrien County, Mich. With him was his wife, Diane (Dudek) Parmelee, and his animal friend, Alex. Kenny was born May 17, 1948, in Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Ind., a son of Louis and Mae Ernestine (Jennings) Parmelee. One of eight children, his surviving siblings are sisters Barbara Snyder of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., Beverly Harris of Emory, Rains County, Texas; and brothers Louis III of Tippecanoe, Marshall County, Ind., David, Dennis, and Phillip, all of South Bend. Childhood memories are of Kenny's comedic ways, his love of music, motorcycles and cars, and his early compassion for animals and the suffering of others. Kenny attended Washington High School in South Bend and was employed by Hover Trucking. Kenny and Diane were married June 25, 1988. Kenny accepted early retirement in 1989. He loved gardening and Biblical study. Preceded in death by his father, and oldest brother Thomas, Kenny is also survived by sons Troy of New Carlisle, St. Joseph County, Ind., Travis of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., and Daniel of Niles; and granddaughters Brooke and Bria Rose Parmelee of South Bend. Burial was at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger. The Kaniewski Funeral Home of South Bend was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Home, 4017 Chamberlain Road, Buchanan, MI 49107.


Kenneth [John Ballenger, Chrisman, Aladdin, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a former Marine and a career General Motors worker, died Feb. 28, 2011, at home in Ridge Farm, Ill. s residence. He was born Feb. 17, 1936, in Eadsville, Wayne County, Ky., the son of John Ballenger and Ferbie Ellen (Gross) Parmley. His first wife was Patty Washburn who died in 1998. He later was wed to Georgia Middlemas, who survives. Kenneth was a past member of the Eagles in Danville, Vermilion County, Ill., and the Moose Lodge in Casey, Clark County, Ill. Kenneth also enjoyed playing his guitar. Other survivors include sons Steve of Bismarck, Vermilion County, Ill., and Scott of Greenfield, Hancock County, Ind.; daughters Lora Drown of Florida, and Lisa Myers of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind.; stepchildren Mike Middlemas of Lawrenceville, Lawrence County, Ill., Jeff Middlemas of Boise, Ada County, Idaho, James Middlemas of Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., and Janet Jones of Westville, Vermilion County, Ill.; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers Roscoe of Westville, Lawrence of Decatur, Morgan County, Ala., and James of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by several brothers and a sister. A graveside service was conducted at Cumberland Cemetery in Casey. Houghton-Leasure Funeral Chapel of Georgetown, Ill., was in charge of arrangements.


Lake [Lake C., Samuel Curtis, Thomas Henry, Augustus, Truman, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], a teacher and librarian, died Nov. 3, 2011, at Midlands Nursing Home in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. She was born in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebr., on Aug. 13, 1913, to Lake and Nellie (Purscell) Parmley. She graduated from Tech High School and attended the University of Nebraska Omaha and Lennox College. She taught and served as librarian at Epworth Church and Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. Lake and Alfred Crouse were married June 26, 1933; he died in 1995. Lake was also preceded in death by son Bud this past February. Survivors include son Stuart of Casper, Natrona County, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Council Bluff's Walnut Hill Cemetery.


Larry [Oliver, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 4, 2011. He was born March 10, 1943, son of Oliver and Lyda (Stringer) Parmley. Among his survivors are brothers Jerry, Rook, Mark and Dale; and sisters Charlotte Crouch, Janet Bates, and Niokie Parmley. He was preceded in death by brothers Rex and Eric; and nephews Brandon Parmley and James Parmley. The Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home of Monticello, Ky., was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at the Methodist Church Cemetery in Parnell, Wayne County, Ky.


Leonard [unplaced], a retired tower manager at Louis Armstrong International Airport, died June 9, 2011, at this home in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, La. He was born April 4, 1943, in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., son of George and Irene (Drude) Parmley. Among his survivors are his wife of 45 years, Peggy (Smoot); sons Philp and Michael; daughters Sandra Neuman and Sarah Parmley; seven grandchildren; and brother George. He was preceded in death by brothers Bobby, Ralph and David. Burial will be in Holly Gardens Cemetery in Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, La. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. The Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond was in charge of arrangements.


Mary [Thomas Noah, Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] a resident of Vienna, Johnson County, Ill., died April 16, 2011, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, McCracken County, Ky. Mary was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Metropolis, Massac County, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Minnie (Steinkamp) Parmley. She and J.W. Reynolds were married on July 31, 1944, at Metropolis; he died in 1997. She was a 1938 graduate of Metropolis Community High School and a former co-owner of J.W. Reynolds Monument Co. She belonged to the Vienna First United Methodist Church. Among her survivors are daughters Nancy Kirschner of Naples, Collier County, Fla., and Susan Lamb of Vienna; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by brother Bill Parmley. Services were at the church; burial was at Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, P.O. Box 1349, Vienna, IL 62995-1349.


Mary, a longtime resident of Newcastle, Lincoln County, Maine, and the widow of Ralph Doggett Parmley [Tim Hennessey, Samuel Mitchison, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Dec. 23, 2011. She was born Feb. 23, 1925, in New York City, the daughter of Gardner and Hilda Gilsey. Until the age of 5, she and her parents lived in a Greenwich Village brownstone. When the Great Depression hit, the family moved to Hampton Bay, Suffolk County, N.Y., where they had a salt water farm at the tip of the peninsula that the native Shinnecock Indians called "Good Ground." Mary spent endless summer days on the beaches of Long Island, or out with her father collecting clams (cherrystone, quahogs and steamers). She also enjoyed fishing regularly. As a result, Mary acquired a deep respect for the world around her, the mountains, forests, shorelines and the seas. Her love for animals was profound. She and Ralph were married in Paris on Nov. 16, 1947. He had been employed by Pan American Airlines as the head supervising engineer to build airports in Africa during World War II. After the war they lived in Ireland, and then eventually returned to the U.S., to Mendham, Morris County, N.J. There, Mary taught athletics at the Country Day School for 20 years. Then, in the late '60s, they became tired of the urban sprawl and deciding to move to Newcastle on the Damariscotta River. She took courses on aquaculture at the University of Maine's Darling Center in Walpole, and helped establish the first Damariscotta aquaculture business. She was also later a founding member of the Damariscotta River Assn., was instrumental in creating the Lincoln County group home, She served as Newcastle selectman, and was also on the board of the Watershed Ceramics Center for the Arts. Sometimes known as "Crazy Oyster Mary" she will be remembered for her philanthropic works. She is survived by sons Rodney, Randy and Robin, as well as many grand- and great-grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Friends and family had a memorial gathering in her honor Feb. 26 at the former Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta.


Mary [Randolph Hay, Roland Duvall, Miles, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Oct. 12, 2011, at her home in a Mowrystown, Highland County, Ohio. She was born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, on Dec. 23, 1955, the daughter of Randolph and Zella (Kirk) Parmley. Among her survivors are sons Josh Wilder of Sardinia, Brown and Highland counties, Ohio, and Jeremy Wilder of Milford, Clermont and Hamilton counties, Ohio; daughter Tina Yonker of Blanchester, Clinton and Warren counties, Ohio.; brothers Randy Parmley of Batavia, Clermont County, Ohio, and Allan Parmley of Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio; sisters Anna Fantetti of Mowrystown, Donna Riehle of Newtonsville, Clermont County, Ohio, and Evelyn "Kay" Sturgeon of Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Peebles, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements. Burial followed in Locust Grove Cemetery near Peebles.


Mildred, a teacher and secretary, died Dec. 1, 2011, at the Warrensburg Manor Care Center, Johnson County, Mo. She was born June 3, 1917, in Centerview, Johnson County, Mo., the daughter of Val C. and Cora E. (Thomason) Dudley. She and William K. Parmley [Zollie Crawford, William Thomas, George W., Stephen, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] were married Jan. 17, 1942, After his death, she married Ralph Ball on March 25, 1989; he died July 11, 1999. Mildred, a 1934 graduate of Centerview High School, received a Bachelor's Degree in Education as well as her Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Central Missouri State University. She taught for three years at Country School and then taught third and fifth grades at Centerview Elementary for the next 22 years. In business, she was secretary for Parmley Truck Line for 10 years. She also owned and operated the Plaza Bowl in Warrensburg for 26 years. She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Assn. and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Warrensburg. Mildred is survived by grandsons Tom and Terry Shaw, both of Centerview; granddaughter Barbara Stegner of Centerview; stepdaughters Nancy Day of Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo., and Betty Prouty of Springfield, Greene County, Mo.; 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by sons William Roger Parmley and Gary C. Parmley; daughter Elizabeth Sharon Shaw; and brothers Richard and Jim Dudley. Burial was at Warrensburg's Sunset Hill Cemetery. The Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Johnson County Hospice and can be left at the funeral home.


Nat, widow of Stanley H. Parmley [Chester Wilford, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, William Cockfield, Solomon, Mark, Mark, Job, John, John], died Aug. 22, 2011, at her home, 6 Parmley Lane, in Eliot, York County, Maine. Born in Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine, on Jan. 16, 1929, she was the daughter of Elmer and Sadie (Milliken) Merrill. She grew up in Berwick, York County, Maine, raised by her mother and husband Fred Corliss. She was a 1946 graduate of Portsmouth High School. Among her survivors are daughter Jody Dahlen; sons James, Gary, Larry, the Rev. Gil, and Walter Willert; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister Verna Burbank. She was preceded in death by her husband, brother Lyman, sister Rosalie Rowan, and daughter-in-law Yvonne Parmley. Nat's greatest love was her family, being home each day for her children, and being a part of her grand- and great-grandchildren's lives. She was a member of the Portsmouth Advent Christian Church, where her funeral was held, and most recently the South Eliot Advent Christian Church. The J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home of Kittery, York County, Maine. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Assn.


Paul, husband of Joy Walton Parmelee [Harold Leslie, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John] died Nov. 9, 2011, at his home in New Cumberland, Cumberland County, Pa. He was born in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N.Y., on March 19, 1948, son of R. Leslie Wilcox and Dorothy (Stanley) Wilcox. He grew up in Frewsburg, Chautauqua County, N.Y., and served as a United Methodist pastor since 1969. In August of that year, Paul and Joy were wed. Paul enjoyed hiking (having hiked more than 3,500 miles), fishing and bird-watching, and led backpacking camps for youth and adults. He also loved Alaska, and directed work teams of volunteers to build or renovate churches and homes in some of the state's most remote villages. An avid reader, Paul was known for working through several books at the same time. In addition to his widow and his mother, he is survived by son Daniel of Unalaska, Alaska; daughters Amy Perez of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., Rebekah Wilcox of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa.; six grandchildren; sister Linda Wilcox of Frewsburg, N.Y.; sister-in-law Patti (Parmelee) Thompson; and mother-in-law, Ella (Walton) Parmelee of Maple Shade, Burlington County, N.J. He was preceded in death by his father and his brother-in-law, Harold ''Tad'' Parmelee. Burial was at Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Church in Goldsboro (post office is Etters). Memorial contributions may be made to the Rev. Dr. Paul S. Wilcox Memorial Scholarship, payable to Fishing Creek-Salem United Methodist Church, 402 Valley Road, Etters, PA 17319.


Paul [Alfred Ambrose, Van Buren, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a resident of St. Louis, Mo., and member of International Labor Union Local #42 for more than 60 years, died May 18, 2011. He was born March 8, 1928, the son of Alfred and Bridget "Vergie" Emma (Boyer) Parmeley, in Missouri. Among his survivors are son Paul D.; sisters Virginia McBride and Nellie Kappler; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Rosemary (Delia), brothers Pat, Steve, Tom, Raymond, Robert, Frank, Roy, Harry, Ralph and Firmin; and sisters Mary Wildhagen and Emma Torbett. Buchholz Spanish Lake Mortuary in St. Louis was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Potosi, Mo. Donations in Paul's memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.


Philip [Howard William, Wallace Joel, Howard Royce, Joel Royce, William, Dan, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a flying enthusiast, died Feb. 17, 2011. Born Oct. 29, 1941, in Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, he was the son of Howard and Anne (Stein) Parmelee. He attended Hudson schools, graduating in 1959. He obtained a commercial airplane license and was a certified flight instructor. He served in the Army and worked for the housing department for the city of Los Angeles for a number of years before retiring to Florida where he joined a friend in cattle ranching. He is survived by a cousin, Kathryn Newbolt Davis of Camillus, Onondaga County, N.Y., and friends.


Phyllis [Loman George, Gardiner Henry, Zeno "Philander," Zeno, Gardner, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 20, 2011, in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Mass. Born Nov. 22, 1937, in Barberton, Summit County Ohio, Phyllis was a daughter of Loman and Ann (Vodlick) Parmelee. Her mother later remarried and she was raised by her stepfather, James Lane. She was graduated from Barberton High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Kent State University. Shortly after she and Richard E. Cramer were married June 7, 1959, he joined the U.S. Army and served overseas in Germany until 1963. They settled in Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, then moved to Endicott, Broome County, N.Y., in 1982, and four years later to Shrewsbury. Mindful of her roots, loyalty and love of Ohio, she also loved living in New England. While in Ohio, she taught sixth grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Upon moving to Shrewsbury she tutored teens at the Oxford House for many years. She was a talented knitter, quilter and did needlepoint. She was also a collector of numerous Cat's Meow Collectibles, which included wooden replicas of many of her favorite places. She also took great pride in having established and operated an online support groups for people battling anxiety and depression. Among her survivors are daughters Cindy A. Cramer and Karen L. Mancini, both of Shrewsbury; brothers Larry of Akron, Summit County, Ohio, and James II of Barberton; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Richard. Burial was at Shrewsbury's Mountain View Cemetery. The Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors of Shrewsbury Center was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford House, in c/o YOU Inc., 81 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604.


Quentin [Christopher, William "Robert" Robert, William Robert, John Henry, William Samuel, Thomas Henry, James, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a senior at Mount Vernon, Ind., High School, took his own life April 24, 2011. He was born Feb. 13, 1993, the son of Christopher and Amy (Rogers) Parmley. He enjoyed music and had a passion for songwriting and playing the guitar. His summers were spent at Holiday Hills on Lake Barkley with his friends and family. He especially enjoyed playing basketball and attending sporting events. In addition to his parents, he is survived by stepfather Joe Rutledge; brother Zach; sisters Haley Jo and Andrea; grandparents William Rogers and Joyce Ungetheim, Glenda and David Houchins, Jerry and Susan Rutledge, Marjorie Parmley, Geraldine Rogers and Sue Thompson. He was preceded in death by grandfathers Robert Parmley, Gene Rogers and Floyd Hendricks. Services were held at First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Posey County, Ind.


Richard [Narvel, Roscoe Samuel, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 28, 2011. He was born April 6, 1951, the son of Narvel and Thelma (Stephenson) Parmley. He and Sheila M. Crabtree were married and divorced twice. In addition to his mother, he is survived by sons Jason of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., Jonathan of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky.; daughter Jane Sexton of Monticello; eight grandchildren; brother Curtis of Monticello; and sisters Linda Shepperd, Lana Branscum, and Marilyn Muse all of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his father, and brother Jeffrey. Richard loved walking in the woods, squirrel hunting, fishing, drawing and painting, and playing the guitar. He enjoyed history and his favorite magazine, National Geographic. Monticello's Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery.


Robert [William J., William W., Owen J., Jehiel Nettleton, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John] died May 19, 2011, at his home in Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., surrounded by his family. He was 78. Born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., the son of William and Rose Parmelee, Robert lived in Wallingford, New Haven County, Conn., before moving to Elizabeth in 1968. He was an airman first class in the Air Force during the Korean War. Robert was a graduate of Norte Dame High School in West Haven, New Haven County, Conn., and attended the University of Connecticut in Waterbury. Robert was the East Coast regional director for American Refractories and Crucible Corp. of North Haven, New Haven County, Conn., before his retirement in 1996. He was a parishioner of St. Genevieve's Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth, a member of St. Vincent DePaul Church in Dingman's Ferry, Pa., and a member of the American Foundrymen's Assn. Among his survivors are his wife of 54 years, Muriel; sons Patrick, Michael, Kevin and David; daughters Maryann Parmelee, Kathleen Falk and Maureen Caplette; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by son John. Burial was at Newark's Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home of Westfield, N.J., was in charge of arrangements. Donations in his memory may be made to the Valerie Fund of Maplewood, N.J., St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or a charity of your choice.


Bob [Arthur Hugh, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a real estate agent and salesman, died July 14, 2011, at the Osburn Living Center in Miami, Ottawa County, Okla. His hobbies were reading his Bibles and books; he loved horses, cats and dogs. He was born Jan. 2 1919, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., the son of Arthur and Edna Parmelee. Bob was the valedictorian of his class at Capitol Hill School in Oklahoma City and attained the rank of second lieutenant in the Army in World War II. He and Ada Louise Carter were married in 1944, and lived in Oklahoma City during the '50s where he was a broker and sales associate for Parmelee Real Estate; Ada also was a sales associate. In the '60s they moved to Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., and he was a salesman for the Independent Fruit Co. In the '70s Bob worked for Piggly Wiggly and Humpty Dumpty grocery stores, retiring in 1985. Ada died in 1989, and by August 2006, Bob was homeless, sleeping in the back of his Chevrolet station wagon on a lot in southwest Muskogee. His companions were his horse, Stormy, and 18 cats that depended on him for food. His plight touched the hearts of many in town: He was the subject of Sunday school lessons and sermons throughout town the morning his story was told in the local newspaper. By the end of the day, many people had come by to check on the man and his horse. They offered food and water and to clean the shed where Stormy stayed. By early in the week, people had found him a place to stay. Bob was a lifetime member of the Seventh-Day Adventist faith. He was survived by daughter Sharon Taff of Bluejacket, Craig County, Okla.; grandchildren Gregory Taff, Tyler Taff, Tiffanie Taff Davis, Adrianne Taff Tierney, Dr. John Parmelee Jr., Michelle Parmelee, Tina Parmelee Maynard; many great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. In addition to Ada, he was preceded in death by sons Robert and John; sisters Arta Stone, Margaret Chapshaw, June Moore, Christine Shannanhouse; and brother Billy Gene Parmelee.

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Bob [Chester Wilfred, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, William Cockfield, Solomon, Mark, Mark, Job, John, John; and also Chester Wilfred, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, Elisa Ann, Reuben, Levi, Mark, Job, John, John] died Nov. 7, 2011, at his home in Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C., after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 27, 1939, in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn., to the Rev. Chester and Sarah (Wilcox) Parmley. He was graduated from Christian High School (now Lexington Christian Academy) and attended Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Berkshire County, Mass., where he received a bachelor's degree in ministry. After working with the Chinese Christian Church in Boston during college, he began his ministry in Lenoir in 1961, as associate pastor and music and youth director at the First Advent Christian Church. In 1966, Bob formed Lenoir Community Church as an interdenominational ministry, where he ministered until his death. He also founded and directed the Southernaires Gospel Choir, formed Camp Miracle, a summer youth camp, and was founder of Lenoir Christian Academy. He was also instrumental in the direction of "The Witness," an Easter passion drama which has been presented for 32 consecutive years. He also had numerous opportunities to preach and sing both nationally and internationally, and, as an accomplished musician, produced numerous recordings. Among his survivors are nephews Jimmy Parmley of Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada, Gary Parmley of South Berwick, York County, Maine, Larry Parmley of Eliot, York County, Maine, Gil Parmley of Douglas, Worcester County, Mass., and Paul Nygard of Southington, Hartford County, Conn.; nieces Jody Dahlen of Eliot, and Sharon Hudson of Southington; and "son" Tim Hawkins and wife Shannon and their children, Gabriella, Simon, Nicholas and Isabella. He was preceded in death by brother Stanley, and sister Grace Nygard. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 1002 Lower Creek Drive, Lenoir, NC 28645. The Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory handled arrangements.


Ruth [unplaced], a fourth-generation Californian, died Jan. 7, 2011. She was born March 25, 1914, and was a member of the Class of 1936 at Stanford. That same year she and Edward M. Benz were married. Among her survivors are son Edward, daughter Lee, five granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren.


Ruth, a longtime resident of Genoa, Cayuga County, N.Y., and widow of Elwood E. Parmley [Ernest, James, --?--] died Dec. 18, 2011. Ruth was born in Candor, Tioga County, N.Y., on Feb. 22, 1919, daughter of Nicholas and Blanche (Lovejoy) Bates. Her family moved to Genoa when Ruth was 11. She and Elwood were married 1939; he died in 2005. After working for a number of years at Smith Corona, Ruth became one of the first youth counselors at the Lansing Girls School. She enjoyed working with the residents and retired from there with many fond memories and stories that she loved to share about "her girls." Ruth was also a member of Scipio Baptist Church. Among her survivors are son Fay Parmley, daughter Joyce Chamberlain, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ruth was also predeceased by grandson Fay "Petey" Parmley Jr.; son-in-law W. Eugene Chamberlain; and daughter-in-law Cheryl (Redder) Parmley. A private graveside service was held at East Venice Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Scipio Baptist Church, P.O. Box 10, Union Springs, NY 13160, or the Genoa Fire Department, 10015 Route 90, Genoa, NY 13071.


Ruth, widow of Gordon E. Parmelee [Gordon Edwards, Ernest Frank, Frank B., Henry "Harry" W., Henry Charles, Henry, Hezekiah, Hezekiah, Job, John, John], died March 8, 2011, at Milford Hospital in Milford, New Haven County, Conn. She worked for many years at W.T. Grant Co. in Milford and at Tiny Tot Daycare. In her later years she was employed at the Milford Senior Center. Daughter of Daniel and Anna Munro, she was born Nov. 10, 1922, in New Rochelle, Westchester County, N.Y. Among her survivors are sons Gordon II and Donald, both of Milford; daughter Carol Gable of Camp Verde, Yavapai County, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Robert of Charleston, Charleston County, S.C.; and sister Doris of Concord, Merrimack County, N.H. She was predeceased by brothers Donald and Morton; sisters June, Barbara and Betty; and great-granddaughter Kimberly Ann Parmelee. Cody-White Funeral Home of Milford handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Masonicare Home Health and Hospice, Administrative Office, 33 N. Plains Industrial Road, Wallingford, CT 06492.


Sheldon [Hoyt Perry, Hoyt Perry, Horatio "Harvey" Plum, Linus Smith, Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], an Army veteran and Civil Service worker, died Oct. 14, 2011. He was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Hoyt Perry and Vivien Elizabeth (Shutt) Parmelee. Among his survivors are widow Blanca; sons Guillermo Jr., David, Jesse, and Craig Morales; daughter Sylvia Morales; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass was said at St. Raphael Catholic Church. Burial was at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. The Sunset Funeral Home-East was in charge of arrangements.


Terry [Howard H., Charles, --?--, Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] a certified heavy equipment mechanic, died April 28, 2011, at his home in LeRoy, Osceola County, Mich., just six weeks after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Terry was born Aug. 21, 1957 in Reed City, Osceola County, Mich., and moved to LeRoy and attended Pine River schools. He and Catherine Jean Waddell of LeRoy were married May 23, 1981, at LeRoy. He worked for the Hydaker-Wheatlake Co. for more than 20 years, until the month before his death. Terry's interests were working, and riding his Harley. His survivors include his wife; daughters Tricia of Paris, Mecosta County, Mich., and Amy of Reed City; two grandchildren; his mother, Orma, of LeRoy; brother Andy of Greenville, Montcalm County, Mich.; and sister Julie of Chapel Hill, Orange County, N.C. He was preceded in death by his father, Arlon; and brother Jeff. The Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Ashton Cemetery in Ashton, Osceola County, Mich.


Tonya [unplaced], a lifelong resident of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., died June 22, 2011, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. She was born June 1, 1976, in Monticello, the daughter of Jackie and Bonnie (Hunley) Davis, and was married to Michael Parmley, who survives her. She is also survived by daughter Taylor Davis of Monticello; sisters Tabitha Blevins and Crystal Ridge, both of Monticello, and Heather Stogsdill of London, Laurel County, Ky.; and nieces and nephews. Burial was at Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. The Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.


Wayne [Milton Louis, Arthur L., Hezekiah, John Orcutt, Hezekiah, Simeon, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], a resident of Portage, Columbia County, Wisc., died July 12, 2011, at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisc. He was born Nov. 9, 1940, in Portage, the son of Milton and Janet (Riemer) Parmalee. He and Mary Zieroth were married Feb. 14, 1982, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Portage. He worked for Zinke Dray Lines, Country Plumber, Portage Furniture and most recently as a crossing guard for the Portage School District. He served his country with the U.S. Navy. Wayne enjoyed reading (especially Louis L'Amour books), his cats and supported the Columbia County Humane Society. Wayne liked camping and attending the Demo Derby at the fair. Among his survivors are his wife; his children, Harold Cook of Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, Wisc., Debora Putnam of Reedsburg, Sauk County, Wisc., and Hiram "Buddy" Hernstine of Portage; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister Barb Taylor of Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wisc. Burial was at Silver Lake Cemetery. The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage was in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established in Wayne's name.

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