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Bernice, widow of Wendell "Pearly" C. [Olin, Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died May 31, 2013, at Ladysmith Nursing Home in Ladysmith, Rusk County, Iowa. She was 105. Bernice was born Nov. 19, 1907, the daughter of Nellie Mae (Sullens) and G. Wayne Young, in Rock Creek Township, Jasper County, Iowa, five miles west of Grinnell, where she lived on the family farm and attended country school. The family moved to town in 1917, and she graduated from Grinnell High School in 1926. The following year, she and Pearly were married. During World War II, she waited tables at the Modle Lunch Cafe while he managed the restaurant. In 1946, they moved to a 280-acre farm 2½ miles west of Grinnell where they raised 400 to 500 head of hogs and 50 head of Hereford beef cattle each year. The family moved to Ladysmith in 1955 where the couple opened The Coffee Shop. In addition to waitressing, she baked pies, cookies, cakes and rolls that became the talk of the town. After they closed the cafe in the late '60s, Pearly worked at the local Gambles store and retired in the early '70s. He died 1985, and Bernice remained in their home until 2004, when she moved to the Greenwood Manor. She'd been a resident of the Ladysmith Nursing Home since March 2010. Among her survivors are son Robert of Ladysmith; sister Florence Toots of Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.; and two grand- and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Glen, Gale, Delmar and Bernard. Burial was at Rock Creek Cemetery in Grinnell. Memorials in her name may be mailed in care of Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.
Boyd, an auto body shop owner and former husband of Betty "Ginger" Virginia Parmelee [Raymond Phillip, William "Willis" E., Perry Lewis, Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died April 17, 2013, at a care center in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa. He was born Nov. 2, 1924, the son of Andron and Bertha (Lappine) Davenport, in Tripp, Hutchinson County, S.D., where Boyd attended and graduated high school. He and Ginger were married in 1950 and had six children. He married Norma (Baker) Monk in 1972; she died in 2001. Boyd enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II and the Korean War aboard the USS Worcester and the USS New Jersey. After returning home, he learned auto body repair and opened A&B Auto Body, which he owned and operated for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and old westerns, and was a member of American Legion Post No. 307 in South Sioux City, Neb., which he called home for many years. His survivors include sons Dennis and Jeff, both of South Sioux City, Tim of Sioux City, and Mark of Richardson, Dallas County, Texas; daughters Elaine Skrdlant of South Sioux City and Linda Kennedy of Sioux City; four stepchildren; sister Hazel Cain of Oregon; 10 grand-, nine step-grand, three great-grand and four step-great-grandchildren; and special friend Judy Vandenberg of South Sioux City. In addition to Norma, he was preceded in death by brother Loren and sisters Lenora Shannon, Gladys Sordrager, Florence Faust, Mildred Schmid and Janice Collins. Burial was at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in South Sioux City. Becker Hunt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Cindi, wife of Thomas Lloyd Parmley [unplaced], died Jan. 24, 2013. She was born May 16, 1957, the daughter of Max and Ina Mae Dixon. She is survived by her husband of 26 years; her mother; children Jory, Mick, and Lexi; grandchildren; and siblings Terri, Lori, Bret, and Staci. The Warenski Funeral Home in American Fork, Utah, was in charge of arrangements.
Claudia, a longtime waitress and a resident of Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, died Feb. 21, 2013. She was born April 23, 1959, in Oberurbach, Germany, the daughter of Siegfried Junt and Gerlinde Dunavin, and moved to the United States in 1964, where she graduated from high school in Oklahoma. In 1987, she moved to Amarillo with her parents where she worked as a waitress for many years. Claudia enjoyed putting together her Christmas village each year with her mother, and loved her pets immensely. Survivors include her parents, Gerlinde and Jessy of Amarillo; son Cody Adams of Amarillo; and sisters Heidi Parmley of Tulsa, Tulsa County, Texas, and Judy Parmley of Killeen, Bell County, Texas. The Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel in Amarillo was in charge of arrangements. Heidi and Judy are the daughters of Kenneth Harold [Rex, James Clay, William Irvin, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and Marie Parmley.
Clifford [Philmore Bethel, James Emery, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Bend, Deschutes County, Ore., died June 17, 2013. He was born Aug. 21, 1915, in Oregon, the son of Philmore and Viola Lucinda (Shipley) Parmley. No services were held.
Dana [Warren "Dale" Dale, George Clark, Amos, Marcus Hurlburt, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, Stephen, John, John] a lifelong resident of Whiteland, Johnson County, Indiana, died May 10, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Ind. He was born Oct, 9, 1951, in Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., to Dale and La Deama (Essex) Parmerlee. He and Charlotte Hubbard were married March 16, 1974, in Bicknell, Knox County, Ind. Dana began farming at age 14 with his father east of Whiteland. He was a member of Johnson County Farm Bureau and was a longtime member of Whiteland Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his wife, survivors include daughter Amanda Anderson of Acton, Marion County, Ind.; son Alan of Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind.; grandchildren Dana and John Anderson; and sisters Connie Ray and Roberta Parmerlee, both of Hope, Bartholomew County, Ind. Burial was at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, Johnson County, Ind. Memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St. #100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
Dan [Roy Donald, Lemuel D., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], who held the record for driving an electric vehicle form coast to coast, died March 26, 2013, in Mesa, Maricopa, Ariz. He was born February 15, 1948, in Gary, Lake County, Ind., and moved to Arizona in 1977 to escape the cold winters. Dan was well-know in the alternative fuel industry; on Sept. 18, 1992, he drove an electric-converted Chevy S-10 coast to coast in six days. Among his survivors are his wife of 47 years, Nancy; sons Dan and Jeremy; grandchildren Elisabeth, Daniel, Avery, and Emma Parmley; and step-grandchildren Jake and Ryan. Services were held at the East Valley Church of the Nazarene in Apache Junction.
David [George Wyman, George Mortimer, Thomas M., Thomas Jefferson, Thomas W., James, James, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], a biochemist, died Feb. 27, 2013, at his home in North Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md. He was born March 25, 1947, in East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., the son of George Wyman and Margaret Jane (Wilbur) Parmelee. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, David was commissioned as a U.S. naval aviation officer. He earned his Ph.D. in physiological chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He held positions in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington, The German Cancer Research Center, the National Institutes of Health, Human Genome Sciences, Celera Genomics and, most recently, United States Pharmacopoeia. He was a knowledgeable outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson motorcyclist. In addition to his wife of 43 years, Patricia (Behrens), he is survived by daughters Alissa and Heather; his mother; and sisters Gail Orlove, Kathleen Timmis, and Laurel Hershiser.
Diane, wife of Charles W. Parmelee [unplaced] and a resident of Geneva, Ontario County, N.Y., and Dundee, Yates County, N.Y., died April 12, 2013, at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. She was born Jan. 3, 1955, in Montour Falls, Schuyler County, N.Y., daughter of the Dean and Marion (Hall) Lamborn. Diane and Charles were married in 1996 in Torrey, Yates County, N.Y. She had worked for several years at Joyful Vineyards in Milo, Yates County, N.Y., and loved the outdoors and camping. In addition to her husband and her mother, she is survived by daughter Angel E. Brown of Geneva; grandchildren Vanessa R. Pompeo, Pete L.A. Richardson, and Tryna R. Richardson;sisters Doris Jorgensen, Debbie Groom, Denise Pearston, Doreen Lamborn, Donna Karkut, and Deanne Lamborn. She was preceded in death by daughter Trina Kerrick in 1995. A celebration of her life was held at the Penn Yan American Legion. Contributions may sent to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, NY 14837, to help with expenses.
Dylan [Robert, Arthur Frederick, Milton Lee, Edward George, George A., Alanson, Alanson, Abner, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a student at Finger Lakes Community College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, died unexpectedly May 24, 2013, at his home in Clifton Springs, Ontario County, N.Y. He was born Dec. 25, 1991, in Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y. He was 2010 graduate of Midlakes High School and involved with the Midlakes Theatre Experience. He worked at Ashton Place, a senior assisted living home in Clifton Springs, Ontario County, N.Y., and was a member of Clifton Springs Boy Scouts Troop 59, a Life Scout and achieved the Order of Arrow. Dlyan was involved with local church youth groups and loved anything to do with technology. He is survived by parents Robert Parmele of Clifton Springs and Colleen Lombardi of Auburn; biological father Kim Knapp of Phelps, Ontario County, N.Y.; sister Kayla Parmele of Clifton Springs; half-sisters Ashlyn and Brenna Knapp of Oaks Corners, Ontario County, N.Y.; and maternal grandparents Joyce and Luigi Lombardi of Auburn. Dylan was preceded in death by brother Bryce; and paternal grandparents Arthur and Dorothy Parmele. Burial was at Phelps' Riverview Cemetery. Cheney Funeral Home of Phelps was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Midlakes Theatre Experience, Route 488, Clifton Springs, NY 14432.
Earl [Roy Ambers, Alfred Ambrose, Van Buren, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of De Soto, Jefferson County, Mo., died Jan. 13, 2013, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Jefferson County, Mo. He was born May 20, 1937, the son of Roy and Julia (Craig) Parmeley, in Missouri, and was a member of the Amvets and the Elks. Survivors include niece Cynthia Latham of Desoto. He was preceded in death by brothers Clarence "Sleep," Robert L., Leroy "Deacon" and Donald J. Parmeley. Memorials may be made to Amvets or Elks Benevolence Funds.
Eileen [Ernest Robert, Levi, Levi, Reuben, Levi, Mark, Job, John, John], a secretary for superintendent of schools in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., for many years, died in Oct. 21, 2013, in Smithfield, Providence County, R.I. She was born June 29, 1915, the daughter of the Ernest and Delia (Ryan) Parmelee in Orange, Essex County, Conn., and lived in Connecticut before moving to Smithfield. She was a 1933 graduate of St. Joseph College in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home of Westerly, R.I., was in charge of the arrangements.
Betty [Walter P., William W., Owen J., Jehiel Nettleton, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a long-time resident of Hamden, New Haven County, Conn., died Dec. 6, 2013. She was an administrative assistant for the Guardian Insurance Co. for many years. Betty was born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., on April 4, 1933, to Walter and Catherine (Coughlin) Parmelee. Betty was a parishioner at St. Rita Church and a member of its choir, and the WELI Choir when it produced its first album. She is survived by son Matthew of Hamden; daughters Beverly Davidson of Glastonbury, Hartford County, Conn., Laura Wrinn of Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn., and Kathryn Whalen of Hamden; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her Maltese, Molly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Whalen. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery in Ansonia. Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home in Hamden was in charge of arrangements.
Betty [Everett G., David Adams, William "Will" Moses, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], a speech teacher who resided in Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, died Jan, 27, 2013, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. She was born Aug. 16, 1928, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill,, the daughter of Everett and Ann F. (Sadusky) Parmele. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Texas University, and a master's from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in 1957, before attending Kansas State Teachers College. She moved to Ranger, Eastland County, Texas, in 1969 and taught at Ranger High School for a year, and then at Ranger Junior College from 1969 to 1995. Her greatest joy was visiting national parks with friends and she was especially fond of animals. She is survived by brothers Rick of Waxahachie, and David of Cathedral City, Riverside County, Calif.; and nephew Richard of Maryland. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society or the SPCA.
Lou, widow of Kenneth Ernest Parmly [Ernest Lafayette, Walter "William," John, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Alto Pass, Union County, Ill., died May 6, 2013, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born Dec. 3, 1927, in Jonesboro, Union County, Ill., the daughter of James "Good Buddy" and Pearl (Tompkins) Shelton. She and Kenneth were married Oct. 26, 1946, in Oceola, Mississippi County, Ark. She is survived by son Ronald of Jonesboro; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by daughter Kendra Bartolotti; sisters Dixie Shelton, Elwanda Kerr and Lillian Winfield; grandson Jonathan Luke Parmly; and great-grandson Connor Michael Gilbert. Lou was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alto Pass for many years. Burial was at Alto Pass Cemetery. The Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Alto Pass was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Assn.
Fawndree [Orlen R., Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retiree of the Brown Shoe Co., died April 6, 2013, in Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn. She was born Nov. 2, 1922, the daughter of the late Orlen R. and Callie (Kirk) Parmely, in Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn. She and Thomas Wesley Wilmeth were married in 1943; he died in 2010. Fawndree was a member of Antioch Church of Christ. She is survived by daughter Ann Moore of Selmer; sisters Earma Lee Kirk of Pocahontas, Hardeman County, Tenn., and Virginia Wilmeth and Fern Butler, both of Ramer; three grandchildren; and seven great- and three step-great-grandchildren. Fawndree was preceded in death by brother Howard Parmely.
Flonnie, widow of Norman Mack Parmley [Chrisman, Aladdin, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a resident of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., died Sept. 14, 2013. She was born March 9, 1918, the daughter of Harrison William and Dora (Crockett) Gregory. She is survived by daughters Norma Parmley of Monticello, Barbara Parmley of Eubank, Lincoln and Pulaski counties, Ky., and Billie Mink of Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky.; one granddaughter; and sister Sissy Troxell of Monticello. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by daughter Fran McCutchen; and a great-grandson. Burial was in Parmley's Grove Cemetery. Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Florence, a homemaker and the widow of Harvey J. Parmelee [Clarence Jerome, James "Marion" Marion, James Bogart, David Rossiter, James, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], died Sept. 3, 2013. at a nursing home. Florence was born Jan, 15, 1918, to Norris and Mary (Yost) Haney in Cascade, Cascade County, Mont. After their mother died, 8-year-old Florence and her sister were raised at St. Thomas Catholic Home. She and Peter Habets were married in 1936, and farmed east of Valier near the Belgian Colony. After Peter died, Florence moved with her four children to Great Falls, Cascade County, Mont., where she worked in a grocery store. Later she met and married Harvey Parmelee, and they farmed and ranched near Valier, Pondera County, Mont. Florence was remembered for her sewing, baking, and gardening. She also worked as a cook at several local cafes. She and Harvey enjoyed traveling and saw much of the South and Northwest. After Harvey's death in 1982, Florence remained in Valier until the fall of 2007 when she moved to the Horizon Lodge in Conrad, Mont. Later she moved to the Country Home in Malta, Phillips County, Mont., to be closer to her daughter Dolores (Parmelee) Shettel and family. She is also survived by sons Larry Habets of Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, Calif., Ernie Habets of Conrad, Rodger Parmelee of Valier; daughters Teresa (Habets) Bruno of Great Falls, Candace (Parmelee) Johnson of Otsego, Wright County, Minn., and Tami (Parmelee) Wagner of Nodaway, Adams County, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Gale Habets; grandson Tony; sister Alice O'Brien; and brother Clarence "Bud" Haney. Memorial services were at the Valier Catholic Church. Interment was at the Valier Cemetery, and a luncheon followed.
Rusty [Thomas Lemuel, Thomas Lemuel, Henry W., Ezriah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John] died June 2, 2013, at his home in Aztec, San Juan County, N.M., surrounded by family. He was born Feb. 14, 1944, to Thomas and Thelma Parmelee in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Among his survivors are wife Beverly; daughters Cari Collier and Kaci Tolman; brother Charles; sister Sue Pierson; and three grandsons. Rusty was preceded in death by a grandson. Desert View Funeral Home of Shiprock, N.M., was in charge of arrangements.
Gladys, widow of Melvin "Phillip" Parmley [Clyde, Frank "Hence," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 3, 2013, at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., the day after a three-vehicle crash in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky. Police said a sedan driven by Eric Branscum, 25, of Sterns traveling east on State Route 90 struck the rear of a car driven by Jessica Whitaker, 28, of Somerset, sending her car into the westbound lane where it was hit by a van driven by Veila Stephenson, 75, of Monticello. (A passenger in Whitaker's vehicle, Louanne Ellis, 57, of Somerset, was pronounced dead at the scene.) Gladys was born April 29, 1944, in Monticello, the daughter of Hobert New and Zona (Bell) Dodson. She and Phillip were married Aug. 19, 1967; he died Jan. 13, 2009. Gladys was a member of the Parnell Methodist Church, and enjoyed visiting her relatives, communicating on her videophone with her friends, and the company of her special dog. She is survived by her mother; sisters Stella Pogue of Monticello, and Sharon Morrow of Eubank, Pulaski County, Ky.; and brothers Bobby and Tommy, both of Monticello. Burial was in the Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home of Monticello was in charge of arrangements.
Jan, a nurse and the widow of Anthony "Tony" Earl Parmelee [Ellis Earl, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 26, 2013, at her home in Queensbury, Warren County, N.Y., after a brief battle with leukemia. She was born May 20, 1940, in Queens, Queens County, N.Y., the daughter of Clinton and Jeannette (Maskiell) Rosson. In her early years, Jan was an at-home mom who was devoted to her children. She later worked for many years as an operating room nurse at Syosset Hospital on Long Island, and, after retirement, at Glens Falls Hospital when needed. Jan loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She could be seen in the stands at games and on the sidelines of cross-country meets, cheering them on. She never missed a concert, Scout ceremony or school event. Her other passion was travel. Whether it was to Russia, China, Israel, Italy, Turkey, Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic or nearly every U.S. state, Jan, accompanied by her friend Alice Hergert, wanted to see it all. Survivors include daughters Cheryl Winslow and Patty Savin, both of Queensbury; five grandchildren; and sister Gail Schaumloffel of Castleton, Rutland County, Vt. She was predeceased by daughter Barbara Parmelee Ludlow. At Jans request, no wake was held; the family interned her ashes at a private service. Memorial contributions may be made to Charles R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, 102 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801. The Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home in Queensbury was in charge of arrangements.
John Bill [Tim Hennessey, Samuel Mitchison, Edward Mitchison, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], director of the department of anesthesia at Hotel Dieu Hospital in New Orleans for 33 years, died April 14, 2013. John was a member of the faculties of Tulane and Louisiana State University medical schools. He was born April 8, 1923, the son of Tim H. and Madge (Doggett) Parmley, in Electra, Wichita County, Texas. John served two years in the Navy and 11 years in the Naval Reserves. He began the first pain clinic at Charity Hospital of New Orleans, and published one of the first books on recovery rooms. He began the anesthesia department at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, and he was a diplomat of The American Board of Anesthesiology and a fellow of The American College of Anesthesiologists. His enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved to entertain with his African safari adventures where he did "sick calls" in many native villages. Even in death John will continue to teach: The 1946 graduate of Tulane Medical School donated his body to the school. He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Cripps) Parmley; daughters Jodi Parmley, Jennifer Robinson, and Patricia Parmley; grandchildren Katie, Jack and Aimee Sunseri, and Isabelle, Conrad, William and Annaliese Robinson. He was preceded in death by son John Thad, and brother Ralph. A celebration of his life was held at Christwood Retirement Community in Covington, St. Tammany Parish, La. Donations to the Hospice Programs of St. Tammany Parish Hospital and North Oak Hospital may be made in his memory.
Leslie, a schoolteacher for 23 years and wife of Daniel De Witt Palmerlee [Curtis De Witt, Forrest Fay, Franklin De Witt, William "Hank" Henry, Stephen Asa, Amos, Amos, David, Joshua, John, John], died May 16, 2013, at her home in Gilroy, Santa Clara County, Calif. Leslie was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended UCLA, and moved to Gilroy in 1970 with her husband, whom she had known since junior high school. She was a quilter, a gardener, a cook, and an angler. In addition to her husband of 47 years, she is survived by her children, Candace and Danny; three grandchildren; her 93-year-old mother, Mary Jane Pierce; and sister Candy Kieley. Donations may be made in her name to Gentiva Hospice, 2055 Gateway Place #600, San Jose, CA 95110.
Lois [Frederick Lincoln, Hubert "Burt," Frederick H., Sylvester, Nathaniel, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime resident of Bristol, Hartford County, Conn., died Sept. 30, 2013, at Bristol Hospital. She was born in Bristol on March 8, 1930, the daughter of Frederick and Ethel (Coy) Parmelee, and was a member of the local Grace Baptist Church. Lois is survived by daughters Cheryl Clement of Bristol and Darlene Eifes of Harwinton, Litchfield County, Conn.; son Douglas Clement of Morris, Litchfield County, Conn.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul J. Clement, and a granddaughter. Burial was in Bristol's Peacedale Cemetery. Funk Funeral Home of Bristol was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation CHASA, 4101 W. Green Oaks, Suite 305, #149 Arlington, TX 76016.
Marjorie [Dexter, Jefferson, Giles, Robert, John, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a long-time resident of Rushville, Rush County, Ind., died there Jan. 12, 2013. She worked many years at the switchboard of Rush Memorial Hospital and did payroll. She was born June 19, 1925, to Dexter and Celia Elizabeth (Slagle) Parmley and spent her early life in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky.; she had lived in Rushville since 1947. She married Bobby Dill on Feb. 10, 1958, who preceded her in death in 1963, and Varl L. Gahimer on Feb. 14, 1970, who preceded her in death in 2008. Marjorie also worked for Drs. Frank Green and Marvin Norris as office administrator, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rushville. She is survived by daughters Donna Wilson and Debbie Dill of Rushville, and Libby O'Connor of Greenwood, Johnson County, Ind.; brothers Herschel of Canada and Charles of Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky.; sisters Stella Parmley of Rushville, Ella Risner of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., and Maysie Weaver of Somerset; stepdaughters Norene Wright of Manilla, Rush County, Ind., and Earlene Wheeler of Waldron, Shelby County, Ind.; seven grand- and step-grandchildren; and 11 great- and step-great-grandchildren. Marjorie was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Betty Jean Parmley. Services were held at Moster Mortuary in Rushville, and burial was in the Arlington East Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Rushville.
Marshall [Alfred Layton, Garner, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died March 30, 2013, just one week after his 99th birthday. He was born at Parnell, Wayne County, Ky., the son of Alfred and Etta Ballenger (Toler) Parmley, the oldest of their seven children. He and Rose Clara Reichman were married June 30, 1951, at Norwood, Hamilton County, Ohio, where they lived a number of years. She died in 2006. Among his survivors are sons David and Steven; daughter Marsha Wilderspin; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home of Cincinnati was in charge of arrangements.
Forrest [Ingram Bedford, Bedford Forrest, Silas Ray, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], owner of the Battlewood Pharmacy in Franklin, Williamson County, Tenn., for many years, died Feb. 9, 2013, at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn. He was born May 19, 1940, in Palmer, Grundy County, Tenn., to Ingram and Rebecca (Cannon) Parmley. Forrest grew up in Tracy City where he graduated from Grundy County High School. He then completed his pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee. Forrest was a leader in delivering innovative pharmacy services and served as president of the Tennessee Pharmacists Assn. and the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy. He was voted Preceptor of the Year by the UT School of Pharmacy and served as a mentor to many students. He also was founder of the Franklin Classic walk/run and co-founder of the Tom King Half Marathon. Contributions may be made in his name to Friends of Warner Park, the Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation, or the West End United Methodist Church in Nashville. Among his survivors are his wife of 50 years, the former Janie Elmore; daughters Rhonda Forsyth of Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colo., and Melissa Smith of Washington, D.C.; brother Rev. Ingram Parmley of Asheville, N.C.; sister Sally Goodman of Springfield, Tenn.; and five grandchildren.
Marvin [Richard Hall, George Herbert, Anson Hall, Asaph, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] died Jan. 24, 2013, at Friendship Village in his hometown of Upper St. Clair, Allegheny County, Pa. He was born Sept. 30, 1926, the son of Richard and Ethel (Barnes) Parmelee, in Pennsylvania. He was a 1944 Dormont High School graduate, served in the Navy in World War II and the Korean War, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1950. He was a purchasing manager at Westinghouse and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church as well as a choir member and trombone player. Marvin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia; sons James, Carl and Thomas; and seven grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church. Einhauers was in charge of arrangements.
Mary, a restaurateur and widow of Thomas Paul Parmley [Vursel Paul, Luther "Lute," Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 13, 2013, at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. She was born April 4, 1938, near Toledo, Tama County, Iowa, to Oren and Irene (Helleso) Long. The family moved to Tama where she graduated with the Class of 1956 from Tama High School. She and Dale William Butler (1932-1964) were married Oct. 14, 1956, at the Trinity Lutheran Church near Malcom, Poweshiek County, Iowa, where they farmed. After Dale's death, the family moved to Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, and she began a long career in the restaurant business at the Long Horn. She and Thomas were wed Jan. 24, 1966, in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Ill. They operated the Long Horn and later moved to Montezuma, Poweshiek County, Iowa, where they owned and operated the Maid Rite and Tom and Mary's Restaurant. Survivors include sons Rick Butler, Mike Butler and Brad* Parmley, all of Grinnell; stepson Chris Parmley of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa; stepdaughters Lisa Parmley of Council Bluffs, Valerie Leviton and Sylvia Parmley, both of Tucson, Pima County, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Connie Turnus of Tama. She was preceded in death by both husbands, son Randy Butler, and brother Robert Long. Burial was at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Malcom. The Smith Funeral Home of Grinnell was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Mary Parmley Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home.
*In Thomas' obit, he is Brad Butler.
Paul [Maurice Edward, Oliver Clark, James Edward, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], formerly of Lowell, Lake County, Ind., died July 24, 2013, at Heritage Woods Assisted Living in Manteno, Kankakee County, Ill. He was born Oct. 8, 1931, to Maurice and Grace (Eilerman) Parmely. He spent much of his life as a farmer on his family farm and then retired as a truck driver, the career he loved. He was a Lowell High School graduate. Among his survivors are sons Bernard of Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind., and David of Grant Park, Kankakee County, Ill.; daughter Linda Parmely of Wausau, Marathon County, Wis.; grandchildren Christin and Annelies Donaldson, and Raelynn, Nicole, Alex, Danielle, Micah, Jadon and Keyton Parmely; and sister Marilyn Selk of El Paso, El Paso County, Texas. He was preceded in death by sister Martha "Jane" Shields. The Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lowell handled arrangements.
Merlyn [Archie John, James Wilbur, Melvin Augustus, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a farmer at Miller, Hand County, S.D., died April 13, 2013, at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller. He was born May 31, 1935, at Keeline, Niobrara County, Wyo., the son of Archie and Bertha (Daugherty) Parmely. In 1940, the family returned to South Dakota where he graduated in 1954 from St. Lawrence High School. Upon the death of his father, Merlyn became involved in farming. He and Marilyn Raske were married June 1, 1956, at the Miller Presbyterian Church and spent their lives on a farm south of St. Lawrence until her death in 1976. He married Bernice Schubloom on July 13, 1979. Merlyn enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, visiting with neighbors, and his dogs. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Mike of Holabird, Hyde County, S.D., Rod of Watertown, Codington County, S.D., and Jeff of Miller; daughter Sandra Stevens of Miller; grandchildren Brad and Eric Parmely, Grady and Cole Oakley, Jessica Oolman, Casie Stevens, Andrea Jones, Clate Stevens, and Jay, Jenna, Tara and Trevor Parmely; great-grandchildren Joslynn, Montana and Jerzy Parmely, Brayden and Jace Oolman, and Mia Jones. Merlyn was preceded in death by brothers Donald, Clarence, Leo, LaVerne, Harold, Arvy, and Clayton Jr. Burial was at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller; the Rembold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Nellie, a longtime dietitian and the widow of Floyd L. Parmelee [Wayne Atwater, Otis Atwood, James Ellsworth, Alfred, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died March 9, 2013, after a battle with Alzheimer's disease at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility, in Bellaire, Antrim County, Mich. She was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., and moved with her mother to Oscoda, Iosco County, Mich. She graduated in 1943 from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) with a degree in nutrition and worked as a dietitian for more than three decades. She met Floyd at college where he was majoring in agriculture; they were married in the campus chapel. They lived at St. Johns, Clinton County, Mich., for many years before retiring to Florida in the 1980s. She is survived by sons Lance of Bellaire and Phillip of Pennsylvania; granddaughter Shannon; and a great-granddaughter. Arrangements were handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
Odie [Dexter, Jefferson, Giles, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 4, 2013, from complications associated with congestive heart failure in his adopted home of Canada. He was born in Wayne County, Ky., on Feb. 21, 1918, and emigrated with his wife and son in 1967. He spent many years working in the Williams Lake hospital in British Columbia, before retiring to Aldergrove and later Creston. Eventually he moved to Athabasca, Alberta, with his son and family, in 2006. Odie is survived by his only child, Bruce; granddaughters, Sarah of Athabasca and Naomi of Edmonton, Alberta; sisters Maysie Weaver and Stella Parmley; and brother Charles Parmley. Odie was predeceased by his wife, Vera Irene Parmley; and sisters Marg Gahimer and Ella Risner. Donations may be made in his memory to The American Heart Assn., 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. Strome Memorial & Funeral Services of Alberta was in charge of arrangements.
Richard [Harold Burton, Burton Munroy, Munroy D., Harvey Harry, Asaph, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], a career railroad worker and World War II veteran, died Oct. 23, 2013, in Haines City, Polk County, Fla. He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Norwich, New London County, Conn., to Harold and Myrtle (Nichols) Parmelee. He resided in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., until 1996, when he and his wife, Yvonne, moved to Florida. Richard served in the Navy during World War II and later the Navy Reserves, achieving the rank of communication technician chief. He worked for many years as a tower operator and dispatcher for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its successor companies. He is survived by sons Richard of Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla., and Leslie of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla.; daughter Kathleen Stark of Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, N.H.; grandchildren including Justin Parmelee and Heather Parmelee-Granieri; and great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his wife of more than 65 years. A memorial was held at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City. Donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823.
Rodney [Major "Curtis," Allen, Ellsberry, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Nov. 3, 2013, with his wife of 40 years, Jean, at his side. Rodney was born Sep. 23, 1924, in Pope County, Ill., but moved to Metropolis, Massac County, Ill., where he lived the rest of his life. He was employed by Laidlaw Corp. and then the City of Metropolis until his retirement. His enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and gardening. In addition to his wife, he is survived by stepson Don Powell of Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and nephews Russell, Gary and Jim Parmley. He was preceded in death by stepsons Kenny and Brad Powell; brothers Major and Mac Parmley; and sister Paulene Cromeenes. Burial was at Mount Sterling Cemetery, and the Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ruby [Anthony "Tony" Palanca, Bert Baldwin, Clifford, Aaron Baldwin, Bela, Reuben, John, John, John, John, John], a civilian employee at Hickam Air Force Base and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, died in Aiea, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Her obituary appeared in the Dec. 3, 2013, edition of the Honolulu Advertiser. She was born Nov. 15, 1954, in Manila, the Philippines, the daughter of Anthony "Tony" and Natividad (Lisboa) Parmelee, and lived in Waipahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. She is survived son Brian Pe; daughter Kathryn Pe; brother Harry Parmelee; sisters Mary Lippman and Shirley and Grace Parmelee; and four grandchildren. Mililani Mortuary-Waipio was in charge of arrangements.
Sabrina [unplaced] was born Jan. 17, 1974, and died Oct. 6, 2013. She was buried at Greater St. James AME Church Cemetery in Conway, Horry County, S.C. Latimer's Funeral Home was in charge.
Sharon, wife of Robert Millis Parmelee [Robert Earl, Egbert O., James Cooke, Rufus H., Henry K., Henry, Samuel, Joseph, Isaac, John, John] and a resident of Hardy, Va., died Aug. 3, 2013. She was born Nov. 10, 1954, the daughter of Harley and Louise Imogene Hawkins. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons Robert Jr. and Thomas; granddaughters Brianna and Kylie; and sisters Marjorie Thomas and Marilyn Draper. She was preceded in death by brother Bobby. Memorials can be made to Graves Disease Foundation, (877) 643-3123. Arrangements were by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount/Smith Mountain Lake.
Tom [Harmon Ansell, Howard, Millard H., Harmon LeRoy, Alanson, Abner, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died June 3, 2013, at his home in Bloomfield, Ontario County, N.Y. He was born June 18, 1946, the son of Harmon and Elizabeth (Price) Parmele, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. He was a 1964 graduate of Bloomfield High School, and an Army veteran. He earned his law degree and MBA from the University of Buffalo, and was an attorney with offices in Spencerport and Bloomfield. He also was an avid baseball fan. Survivors include son Ryan; daughter Meredith Lewis; brother H. Robert; sister Linda Fogg; and grandchildren Derby, Benjamin and Josephine. Burial was at East Bloomfield Cemetery. The Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home of Bloomfield was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn., PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220.
Violet [unplaced] died May 9, 2013, at her home in Lee's Summit, Jackson County, Mo. Violet was born April 17, 1918, to Earl McKinley and Mildred Kathryn Brittain, and came to Kansas City in 1952. She enjoyed tending her flowers and vegetable garden; feeding the birds and squirrels. Survivors include daughter Ileene Moore Focht; granddaughters Jennifer Hughes and Michelle Moore; great-grandchildren Ian McCord, Savanna Hughes, Caitlin McCord, Andrew Nelson and Emma Nelson; sister Claire Carter Jones; brother Earl J. Brittain; and her cat, Smokey. She was preceded in death by sisters Helen Brittain and Mary Rougeau. Burial was at Mt. Washington Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, Independence, Mo. Contributions may be made to Wayside Waifs or a charity of donor's choice.
Dorothy, widow of Howard R. Parmley [Ernest, James, --?--] and a resident of Stuarts Draft, Augusta County, Va., died Nov. 23, 2013, at Maple Lawn Home in Staunton, Va. She was born July 13, 1922, in Perry, Wyoming County, N.Y., the daughter of the Spencer and Margaret Voorhees. There she worked as a bookkeeper for Citizens Bank and the former Perry Harold newspaper. She and Howard were married April 10, 1948, and moved to Largo, Pinellas County, Fla., where she worked as a bookkeeper for D'Andrea Electric until her retirement. She lived in Largo until 1999, and then retired to the Stuarts Draft area. She was a volunteer with the Salvation Army, and a member of Wayside Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Va. Survivors include son Richard of Greenville, Augusta County, Va.; a granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; and brother Floyd. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by siblings Don Voorhees and Carolyn Streb. A memorial service was held at Wayside Baptist Church. Memorial donations in Dorothy's honor may be made to Wayside Baptist Church, 45 Turk Mountain Lane, Waynesboro, VA 22980; or the Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 260, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477.
Virginia, wife of Gary Francis Parmley [Eugene R., Alva James, Albion True, James Edward, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 8, 2013. She was born April 16, 1944, in Roswell, Chaves County, N.M., the daughter of C.C. and Margarita Gonzalez. Virginia was graduated from St. Marys LPN school and practiced nursing in Roswell and Albuquerque, N.M., and El Paso and Dallas, Texas. She was a member of Grace Community and First United Methodist churches, and was the cook for the Wednesday night family nights at the Methodist church until her health began to fail. She is survived by husband; daughters Shanna Bock of Florissant, Teller County, Colo., Carmen Briseno and Michelle Clark of Roswell; sister Dolores Lee Burciaga of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, N.M., brothers Ruben of Panderis, San Miguel County, N.M., and Clifford of Roswell; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by grandson Richard Lee Briseno. Donations can be made in her memory to Vista Care Hospice, 400 N. Pennsylvania Ave. #500, Roswell, NM 88201, or a charity of your choice.
Bill [William Lewis, Charles J., William Lewis, David Lewis, Beecher, Jeremiah, Abel, Job, John, John], an Air Force veteran and 40-year resident of Valdosta, Lowndes County, Ga., died July 19, 2013, at South Georgia Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., on Aug, 28, 1934, the son of William Lewis and Miriam (McKonly) Parmelee. Bill retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service and then worked at SAFT America, Video 2001, Valdosta Mall and First State Bank. He was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Kathleen F.; son William III "Bill"; daughters Vicky Sewell and Denise Brogdon, all of Valdosta; grandchildren Brooke Alexander of Valdosta, William IV "Bo" of Valdosta, Jamie Romero of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn., Nicholas Brogdon and Dusty Sewell both of Valdosta; and sister Gloria Montoyo of Bloomingburg, Sullivan County, N.Y. Burial with military honors was held at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens in Valdosta.