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Butch [Ralph Ambrose, Alfred Ambrose, Van Buren, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a dedicated welder for most of his life, died Sept. 29, 2014, at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab at Macclenny, Baker County, Fla. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Dec. 24, 1948, to Ralph and Viola Pauline Parmeley. Butch lived in Baker County for the past 20 years. As a young man, he learned how to weld and found a passion for working with iron. Butch enjoyed cooking, barbecuing, and spending time with his family. In addition to his wife of 33 years, Elise of Baldwin, Duval County, Fla., he is survived by sons Jason of Macclenny, and Justin of Glen St. Mary, Baker County, Fla.; brothers Buck, Keith, and Corky, all of St. Louis; sisters Lucy Parmeley of Texas and Cindy Jones of St. Louis; and three granddaughters. He was preceded in death by stepfather Richard Prater.


Alice, a teacher, and resident of Morgantown, Morgan County, Ind., died Jan. 20, 2014, at the Brown County Health & Living Community in Nashville, Ind. She was born Nov. 19, 1925, the daughter of George Ray and Anna E. (Campbell) Fleener, in Brown County. After graduating from Helmsburg High School in 1944, she worked at RCA in Indianapolis and Camp Atterbury. She attended Franklin College before transferring to Indiana University where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. Alice began teaching at Morgantown High School in 1965 and retired in 1986 from the Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corp. in Trafalgar, Johnson County, Ind. She taught middle school, freshman English and special reading. Alice also researched and wrote articles for "Bartholomew County, Indiana Family Histories, Churches & School Books," published in 1999 by the Brown County Genealogical Society. She was a 66-year member of Morgantown First Christian Church where she volunteered with vacation Bible school, was a Sunday school teacher and participated in women's groups. She and Ocle Dale Smith were married in 1946; he died in 1969. Among her survivors are their sons Kevin Smith of Morgantown and Tim Smith of Taylors, Greenville County, S.C.; daughters Brenda Hill of Martinsville, Morgan County, Ind., and Cynthia Pottorff of Morgantown; and her sisters Wilma Johns and Carol McCracken, both of California, and Virginia Moore of Trafalgar; six grand- and 11 great-grandchildren. In 1990, Alice married Warren "Dale" Dale Parmerlee [George Clark, Amos, Marcus Hulburt, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, Stephen, John, John], who preceded her in death. She was also predeceased by sister Marjorie Fleener and an infant son, Nelson Smith.


Althea, who lived on Parmelee Hill Road in Durham, Middlesex County, Conn., for 67 years, died Oct. 5, 2014, at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn. She was a charter member of Notre Dame Church, a member of the Durham Republican Town Committee, the Republican Registrar of Voters for 35 years, and a member of the Durham Planning and Zoning Commission where she was an advocate for elderly housing. She also was a director of the Trinity Association, and secretary and finance chairwoman of the District Nurse Association. Althea was born April 9, 1922, in Meriden to Charles and Matilda (Christopher) Mills. She was a graduate of the School of Physical Therapy in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., and a physical therapist before her marriage to attorney Richard Clarke [Willis Isaac, Frederick M., Horace, Joel, Joel, Joel, John, John]. Althea's survivors include sons Richard Jr. of Durham and Thomas of Euless, Tarrant County, Texas; daughters Joan Ruhl of Ellicott City, Howard County, Md., Ann Parmelee of Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., and Beth Groffman of Colleyville, Tarrant County, Texas; and nine grand- and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband and sister Bertha Mills. Burial was at Durham's Mica Hill Cemetery. The Doolittle Funeral Home of Middletown was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in Althea's memory to the Durham Public Library, 7 Maple Ave., Durham, CT 06422.


Angie [unplaced] of Cadet, Washington County, Mo., died Feb. 19, 2014. She was 36. She was buried at High Point Cemetery. The DeClue Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ann, widow of Wade D. Parmelly [Henry "Grady" Grady, William Asbury, John, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died May 17, 2014. She was born Sept. 2, 1930, the daughter of A.H. and Mary Lee (Styron) Shepherd in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla. Her family lived in Hobart, Kiowa County, Okla., before moving to Abilene, Taylor and Jones counties, Texas, in 1941. Ann was a 1947 graduate of Abilene High School and attended Christian College in Columbia, Boone County, Mo. She and Wade were married Nov. 28, 1948, and resided on their ranch near View, Taylor County, Texas. After his death in 1991, Ann returned to Abilene. Ann always looked as if she had just stepped out of a fashion boutique. Her home and yard reflected her love of the holidays: During the Christmas season friends enjoyed the beautiful trees and poinsettias; Valentine's Day sported a heart flag; Easter was celebrated with spring flowers symbolizing new life and a few rabbits in strategic spots; patriotism brought out her flag in July; and during October and November visitors were blessed with the autumn colors of gold and orange inspired by fall flowers and pumpkins. Ann was a member of the 1st Baptist Church and Abilene Woman's Club. Survivors include son Bryan and his wife Shawna; grandchildren Andrea, Abby, Kess and Kade; and longtime friend, Dr. Arthur Hall. Burial was at Buffalo Gap Cemetery; the Hamil Family Funeral Home of Abilene was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the 1st Baptist Church, P.O. Box 85, Abilene, TX 79604, or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 903, Abilene, TX 79604.


Tillie, widow of Clifford F. Parmely [Claude Isaac, Fremont Charles, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a homemaker and lifelong resident of Niobrara County, Wyo., died July 10, 2014, at Memorial Hospital at Douglas, Converse County, Wyo. She was born Nov. 6, 1925, the daughter of Chris and Millie (Olds) Myrup. Tillie went to grade school in the Hat Creek area and attended high school in Lusk. She and Clifford were married Sept. 4, 1942, and the two of them spent a few months of the following year in Florida where he was stationed in the Army. It was the only time she spent outside Niobrara County. She was an active member of the Manville Homemakers for more than 50 years, and attended the First Baptist Church in Lusk. She is survived by son Paul of Manville, Niobrara County, Wyo., and Carol Smith of Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas; grandchildren Perry Parmely of Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Ariz., Chance Smith of Arlington, and Brandon Smith of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Tillie was preceded in death by brothers Lester, Alfred "Tuffy" and Donald; and sisters Dorothy Mashack, Laura Rathbun Alexander and Betty Johnson. Burial was at Lusk Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lusk First Baptist Church or to Memorial Hospital of Converse County.


Arthur [Arthur Hawley, Joseph Elliot, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], a pediatrician, died May 25, 2014, after a two-week illness. He was born Oct. 29, 1917, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., to Dr. Arthur Hawley and Ruth (Lovett) Parmelee. He went to medical school at the University of Chicago and married Jean Rheinfrank. Arthur served in the Navy in WWII and landed in Okinawa, remaining on the beach to tend to the wounded that were brought to him. After the war, he went to New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., for his residency at Yale University. Then, in 1948, he joined his parents in California and started a private practice in Pacific Palisades, the community's first pediatrician. When UCLA opened its medical school, he gave up his private practice to teach pediatrics and do research at UCLA. Eventually he created the Department of Child Development at UCLA, and continued to teach until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church and was a regular at the morning Bible study. He was an enthusiastic supporter of UCAL basketball and football, loved flowers (especially blue hydrangea) and did jigsaw puzzles (the more pieces the better). He is survived by son Tim; daughters Ann and Ellen; five grand- and three great-grandchildren; and four cats. He was predeceased by wife Jean, son Arthur III and sister Nancy Middleton. A memorial service was held at the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church.


Arthur, a retired computer industry entrepreneur and husband of the former Barbara Jeanne Parmelee [Charles "Allen" Allyn, Charles Albert, James, James, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], died Nov. 21, 2014, in Monterey, Monterey County, Calif. He was born Aug. 26, 1922, the son of Arthur Leonard and Helen (Thomas) Munzig, in Redlands, San Bernardino County, Calif. He graduated from UCLA in 1944 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After receiving a commission as ensign in the US Navy Reserve, he served as a submarine line officer in the Pacific during World War II. After retiring in 1994, he and Barbara moved from Los Angeles to the Monterey Peninsula. In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Thomas of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Fla.; daughters Meredith Manhard of Carmel Valley, Monterey County, Calif., and Alison Peterson of Menlo Park, San Mateo County, Calif.; brother Carl of Hilton Head, Beaufort County, S.C.; and nine grand- and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by son Paul. His family would like to thank the Carmel Hills staff and caregivers for their years of loving care, support and heart-felt sendoff to "King Arthur."


Charles [Lester Dea, Myron, Byron, Richard Franklin, Dennis A., Lemuel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime resident of Brayton, Audubon County, Iowa, died March 15, 2014, at Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon. Charles was born Jan. 30, 1923, to Lester and Eula Addie (Garside) Parmley in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa. He was a 1940 graduate of Atlantic High School. He attended Balbeck Welding School in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., and became a certified welder. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he joined the Iowa National Guard in Atlantic as a training instructor. He and Shirley Mae Reeves were married Sept. 22, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in the Vail at Nashua, Floyd County, Iowa. They made their home on the family farm south of Brayton, and he worked at the Art Berry Sawmill. Charles served as director of Oakfield No. 7 Country School and was a member of the Exira School Board during the district's reorganization and the building of the new high school. He was a member of the organizational committee for the Audubon Co-op, and participated in the Odd Fellows Lodge in Atlantic, Exodus Masonic Lodge No. 342 in Exira, Exodus Chapter 313 Order of the Eastern Star in Exira and the Amvets and Brayton American Legion. He served as Rainbow Dad for Assembly 131 and the Order of Rainbow Girls in Exira for many years. Charles was a member of Audubon County Sheriff’s Rangers for 13 years. He enjoyed hunting, gun collecting, John Wayne movies and was an avid reader. He is survived by his wife; daughters Penny Collen of Omaha. and Sherri Landsberger of Des Moines, Iowa; son Craig of Brayton; five grandchildren including Clark Parmley of Springfield, Greene County, Mo., and Cody Parmley of Brayton; five great-grandchildren including Nicholas Parmley of Columbia, Boone County, Mo.; and sister Gladys Farrer of Woodinville, King County, Wash. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother Gladys Parmley; stepfathers Herman Eden and Lloyd McAfee; son David; grandson Scott Landsberger; sisters Dollie Parmley, Margaret Payne and Emily Mock; and brothers Leroy and Clifford Parmley and Howard Eden. Burial was at Atlantic Cemetery.


Clinton [Philmore Bethel, James Emery, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a manager for Tektronix for more than 30 years, died Sept. 7, 2014, at his home in Forest Grove, Washington County, Ore. He was born May 7, 1931, in Tillamook, Tillamook County, Ore., son of Philmore and Viola (Shipley) Parmley. He was 12 when the family moved to Forest Grove, and was a graduate of Forest Grove High School in 1949. He attended Pacific University, where he played basketball. He married Betty Heaton in Hood River, Hood River County, Ore., on July 29, 1951, and this year they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. They made their home in the Washington County communities of Banks and Hillsboro, and moved to Forest Grove in 1956. Clinton, who retired from Tektronix Inc. in 1983, was a member of the Forest Grove Elks Lodge B.P.O.E #2440. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling, camping, hunting, clam digging and trips to Mexico. Survivors include daughters Cheryl Sandage and Nancy Keller, both of Banks, and Ann Tucholsky of Hillsboro; and six grand- and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Clifford and Cecil; and sisters Cleo Jenkins, Christina Mael and Charlotte Bake.


Dennis [Kenneth Gilbert, Ernest Lyman, Henry Willard, Willard H., David Birdsey, Solomon, Mark, Mark, Job, John, John] of Goshen, Sullivan County, N.H., died at Concord Hospital in Concord, Merrimack County, N.H., on Feb. 17, 2014. He was born in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn., on June 27, 1951, the son of Kenneth and Elizabeth (Valiant) Parmalee. He was a 1969 graduate of Norwalk High School. He married Jan Sherwood nearly 40 years ago and they made their home in Goshen for the past 30 years. He worked at Sylvania and enjoyed going to fairs, flea markets and had a sweet tooth for Lindt Chocolates. He collected post cards, especially ones from the local area, and was a member of the Goshen Fire Assn. and the Friends of the Goshen Grange. Survivors include his widow; his mother of Norwalk; brothers Kenny of Florida, Richard of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., and Gary and Robert, both of Norwalk. He was preceded in death by bother Thomas. A private burial will be held in the spring at Goshen's Four Corners Cemetery. Donations may be made in Dennis’ name to the Sullivan County Humane Society, PO Box 111. Claremont, NH 03743.


Dorothy, a resident of Aiken, Aiken County, S.C., and widow Thomas Parmelee [Walker Moore, Fay Platt, Erastus, Luther, Ozias, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died June 28, 2014. A native of Muskegon, Muskegon County, Mich., Dorothy was the daughter of William and Gertrude Groeneveld. She and Thomas were the former owners of Parmelee's Jewelry in Muskegon before retiring in the late 1980s. She lived in Florida for a number of years before moving to Aiken seven years ago. Survivors include son Thomas of Aiken; daughter Sandee Maddox of Woods Hole, Bamstable County, Mass.; three grand- and four great-grandchildren; and brother Andrew Groeneveld of Muskegon. Memorial contributions may be directed to SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, 199 Willow Run Road, Aiken, SC 29801 ( or Aiken County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 2207, Aiken, SC 29802. The Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home of Aiken was in charge of arrangements.


Bud [unplaced] died Feb. 17, 2014. He was born in Seattle, King County, Wash., on Oct. 15, 1940. Among his survivors are his widow Gail, daughter Lynn Avilucea; son Leon; five grandchildren; brother David; and sister Kathleen Terry. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Scribner Kidney Center.


Gloria Charlene Caetano, 66 of Atwater, Merced County, Calif., died Nov. 12, 2014. She was born in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, on June 19, 1948, to Virgil and Ruth Wears, and spent her adult life in Merced and Stanislaus counties, Calif. She was employed at Valley Fresh Foods in Turlock, the Hilmar Unified School District and the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds office. Among her survivors are her husband of nearly 25 years, Patrick Caetano; son Charles Parmley; daughter Amanda Parmley; granddaughter Haley Nicole Perkins; brothers Walt, Charles and Eddie Wears; and sisters Virginia Noice and Mary Dellenbach. She was preceded in death by son Joseph Harry Parmley Jr., brother Virgil Wears, and sister Janice York. She was married to Joseph Harry Parmley Sr. [Garnett Flavious, Joseph Ephraim, James Ephraim, Ephraim, Garner "John" J., Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John].


Gordon [Louis G., William E., Smith D., Henry Charles, Henry, Hezekiah, Hezekiah, Job, John, John], a long-time resident of Southington, Hartford County, Conn., died at his home Oct. 20, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 23, 1941, in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., to Louis and Florence (Brown) Parmelee. Gordon worked at Timex for 18 years, and retired from the Department of Defense after 23 years. He was active in the bocce club at Spring Lake Village, loved sports and boating at the shore. In addition to Dawn, his wife of 49 years, he is survived by sons Scott and David, both of Wallingford, Hartford County, Conn.; daughter Michelle Kane of Plantsville, Hartford County, Conn.; grandchildren Justin and Tyler Parmelee; Daniel and Ashley Kane; Lauren, Connor and Kayla Parmelee; Ashlee and Hailey Warren; and sister Joan Caroti of Orange, New Haven County, Conn. Burial was in Southington's Oak Hill Cemetery. The Plantsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road #300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


Hattie [Ryan, Mark, Ronald Claude, Earl Calvin, Lyman Seth, Giles, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Jan. 22, 2014, at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., at the age of 8 days. She was the daughter of Ryan and Nicole (Schenk) Parmele of Bloomington, McLean County, Ill. In addition to her parents, she is survived by brother Gavyn; grandparents Mark and Linda Parmele of Mackinaw, Tazewell County, Ill., Debra Schenk of Bloomington; and maternal great-grandfather Jerry Schenk of Bloomington. She was preceded in death by grandfather Steven Schenk of Bloomington. Burial was at Bloomington's Park Hill Cemetery. The Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital of Illinois, 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61637.


Jack [Frederick Albert, James Mabie, Walter, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], a retired pipefitter of Local 441, died March 4, 2014, in Rose Hill, Butler County, Kan. He was born Dec. 31, 1922, in Columbus, Cherokee County, Kan., the son of Frederick and Bertha Effie (Goldsberry) Parmele. Jack and Marjorie DeVoe were married Nov. 11, 1941, in Girard, Crawford County, Kans.; she died in 2012. He was also preceded in death by siblings Cletus, Mavis, Fred F., Virginia and Mildred. Survivors include sons J. Dennis of War Eagle, Benton County, Ark., and Robert of Douglass, Butler County, Kan.; daughter M. LuAnn Baker of Kansas City, Mo.; six grand- and 13 great-grandchildren; and sister Frances Gillham of Tulsa, Okla. Lakeview Funeral Home of Wichita, Kan., was in charge of arrangements.


Janice, an employee of Meijer food stores for more than 30 years and the widow of Oren Charles Parmelee [Howard H., Charles, Susannah, Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], died Nov. 14, 2014, in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. She was born July 1, 1938, in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich., was raised in Ashton, Osceola County, Mich., and attended LeRoy High School. She and Oren were married Dec. 3, 1955. She loved spending holidays with family and guiding getaway bus trips. She is survived by sons Charles and Scott; daughter Laurie Leavitt; six grand- and 15 great-grandchildren; and siblings Jack Burton and Stevie Ruppert. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by son Howard; and brother Dale Burton. The Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contribution may be made in her name to the American Heart Assn.


Janice [Carlton Edwin, Willis Densmore, Edwin, Alfred, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a long-time resident of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., died March 6, 2014, at her home after a yearlong battle with MDS pre-leukemia. She was born June 12, 1946, the daughter of Dr. Carlton and Elizabeth "Bette" (Wobma) Parmelee, in Ames, Story County, Iowa. Janice was a 1968 graduate of Purdue University-West Lafayette where she earned a degree in food science/home economics. Four years later, she and Gary L. Rich were married in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind. She was a member of South Bend's Calvary Baptist Church and Gideon's International, and enjoyed painting, swimming, sewing, crocheting, cooking and babysitting her granddaughters. In addition to her husband, Janice is survived by daughters Rebecca Mauriello of Orlando, Orange County, Fla., and Sharon Clark of South Bend; brother Daniel Parmelee of Lafayette; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend. Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel of South Bend assisted with funeral arrangements. Contributions in Janice's memory to Calvary Baptist Church, 3001 W. Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46628; Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or to Gideon's International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

JOHN G. PARMLEY 1935-2014

John [John, Asbury, --?--] of Oriental, Pamlico County, N.C., died Aug. 29, 2014, in Newport News, Va.. He was born April 22, 1935, at Morehead City, Carteret County, N.C., the son of John and Etta (James) Parmley. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retiree of Fleet Readiness Center East as an aircraft production supervisor on the McDonnell Douglas F-4 line. He also was a dedicated member of Mt. Pilgrim M.B. Church in Newport, Carteret County, N.C. In addition to his widow, the Rev. Gwendolyn (Gibbs) Parmley, he is survived by sons Gary of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., Steven "Darryl" of Havelock, Craven County, N.C., Jamie of Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., Dentress Ponds of Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., and Shamar Murphy of Durham, Durham County, N.C.; brothers William of Newport, James of New Bern, Washington County, N.C., George of Philadelphia, Pa., and Thomas and Richard of Newport; sisters Helen P. Harrison and Doris P. Atkins both of Newport; and 13 grand- and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister Ethel J. Moore and brother Isaac. Burial with military honors was at Newport Community Cemetery. Oscar's Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Julyan [Jessica, David Lynn, Louis Ray, Louis "Ray," Ray, George Washington, Moses Edwards, Moses, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] died Nov. 28, 2014, after an auto accident in Lumberton, Robeson County, N.C. He was born Jan. 23, 2000, in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. He is survived by his father and stepmother Curtis and Amy Hardy of South Bend, mother Jessica Parmelee of South Bend; sisters Kyla Wesson, Kynzie Parmelee, Nyla Hardy and Bethany Taylor, all of South Bend; brothers Geoffrey Brown of Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev., Tyler Hardy, Thaias Burris, Parice Burris, Milan Burris, and Bryce Burris, all of South Bend; maternal grandparents David Parmelee and June Rhodes, both of South Bend; paternal grandparents Curtis Hardy Sr. of South Bend and Effie Hardy of Maryland; and great-grandparents Mae E. Parmelee and Lorraine Zielinski, both of South Bend. Contributions in Julyan's memory may be made to Palmer Funeral Home to defray funeral expenses.


Kenneth [Kenneth Gilbert, Ernest Lyman, Henry Willard, Willard H., David Birdsey, Solomon, Mark, Mark, Job, John, John], a former Marine and resident of Palm Bay, Brevard County, Fla., died Dec. 28, 2014. He was born March 25, 1940, the son of Kenneth Gilbert and Elizabeth (Valiante) Parmalee, at Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn., and served in the corps for 10 years. In addition to his mother, Kenneth is survived by sons Brian, Kenneth and Michael; daughters Kim Gladstone and Brenda Crouch; four grandchildren; and brothers Richard of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., and Gary and Robert of Norwalk. He was preceded in death by brothers Thomas and Dennis. Burial was private. Ammen Family Cremation & Funeral Care of Palm Bay was in charge of arrangements.


Larry [Clarence Morrison, Frederick Alonzo, Franklin Henry, Truman, Timothy Truman, Truman, Mark, Job, John, John], a 32-year employee of Miller Brewing and a World War II veteran, died March 28, 2014. He was born Nov. 5, 1925, son of Clarence and Hazel Stella (Boucher) Parmelee, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. When war broke out, Larry enlisted in the Navy, was trained as a pharmacist, and served with a company in the Marine Corps, calling it the greatest experience of his life. He was a member of Covenant Lutheran Church. Among his survivors are his wife of 65 years, Shirley; son Terry; daughter Susan Brester; brother Glen; sister Patty Hoefert; and 10 grand- and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by great-granddaughter Sydnie Larson. The family thanks the staff at Wheaton Franciscan Health Center for his good care. Memorials in his name may be made to Covenant Lutheran Church or Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.


Lenarda [Ferrill J., James Wilbur, Melvin Augustus, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime farmer, died Nov. 23, 2014, at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, Hand County, S.D. She was born May 3, 1942, in Miller, the youngest of Ferrill and Mabel (Campbell) Parmely's 11 children. She grew up south of St. Lawrence, Hand County, S.D., and attended West Horseshoe Bend Country School. She was a 1960 graduate of Miller High School. She and Gene Swaney were married April 6, 1961, at Miller's United Methodist Church, and spent their 53 years of married life working side by side on a farm north of St. Lawrence. She toiled right beside Gene in the field, working cows and guiding hunters. Lenarda was a life-time member of Weight Watchers and also served on the staff. She bowled on women's and couples' leagues for many years. She worked at various jobs including cleaning at Wilber's Feed and Seed, The Miller Sale Barn, Prairie Garden, Pierson's Greenhouse, Dakota Expeditions, Carr Pheasant Farm, and a carpet cleaning business with Phyllis Chipman. In 1979, Lenarda was baptized in the St. Lawrence Community Church; she and Gene have been involved in church activities for 40 years. She was an avid shopper and bargain hunter, and loved to make jelly and cook for others. She enjoyed playing cards and dancing the two-step with Gene. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Duran Swaney of St. Lawrence; daughters Tyann Jones and Terice Ketelhut of Miller, and Laniece Sawvell of Quinn, Pennington County, S.D.; 12 grand- and two great-grandchildren; brother James Parmely of Box Elder, Meade and Pennington counties, S.D.; and sisters Mildred Engel of Black Hawk, Meade County, S.D., Beth Engel of Texas, and Marles Dean and Margaret Starks of Miller. She was preceded in death by brothers Wayne, Clark, Otis and Wydell Parmely; sister Viola Ford; and an infant daughter. Burial was at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller.


Nina, a special education teacher for 34 years and a resident of Van, Van Zandt County, Texas, died Nov. 26, 2014, in Tyler, Smith County, Texas. She also was active in the Special Olympics. Nina was born April 14, 1943, in Denver, Denver County, Colo., the daughter of John Dawson "Shakey" and Faydene (Fortune) Henderson, and was married to Donald J. Parmley [Ray, Lawrence Eugene, John Edward, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John]. Among her survivors are son Greg Parmley of Southlake, Tarrant County, Texas; daughter Lisa Bohannon of Grapevine, Tarrant County, Texas; grandchildren Lindsey Threadgill, Justin Bohannon, Allison Parmley and Dawson Parmley; four great-grandchildren; brother Capt. Jim Henderson; and sister Mary Reynolds. A graveside service was held at Colfax Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Special Olympics of Texas at


Linda [Vursel J., Luther "Lute," Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Nov. 5, 2014 at her home in Gilman, Marshall County, Iowa. She was born Dec. 24, 1949, in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, the daughter of Vursel and Cecil (Messer) Parmley, and moved with her family to Gilman in 1953. She was a 1968 graduate of Gilman High School. Following her education, she lived in Brooklyn, Queens County, N.Y., and worked for Manatt's Inc. for several years. In 1977, she returned to Gilman and began a 37-year career at the Citizens Savings Bank where she was employed as a teller and other positions. She was a devoted employee and considered a joy to work with. Linda was passionate about animals and held a love for music -- particularly the Beatles' -- and enjoyed reading and watching movies. She was artistic and showed her hand-crafted jewelry at arts-and-crafts fairs. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Jack and Tom Parmley, and sister Mary Barker. A graveside service was held at Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman. Memorial contributions may be directed to PALS in Grinnell or the Gilman First Responders.


Louis [George Frederick, Louis Miland, Heman Mack, Heman, Heman, Amos, Amos, David, Joshua, John, John] died April 3, 2014. He was born Jan. 24, 1948, at Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., the son of George and Dorothy Jane (Olds) Palmerlee. Lou enjoyed fishing, golf, spending time with family; reading and playing with his grandchildren; old cowboy movies and action flicks; eating out; playing cards and games; telling and hearing jokes, Saturday morning coffee and walks. He is survived by daughters Jennifer Waltz, Sara Vilcans, and Amanda Desmarais; son Robert; fiancee Elisa Cheng and her children; sisters Georgia Ann Corwin and Marilyn Pratt; brother Dan; six grandchildren; and former spouse Sally Palmerlee. Services were at Kentwood Christian Church. The Ofield Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.


Lucille, a resident of Luther Ridge Manor, Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., and widow of Burton Alfred Parmelee [Willis Isaac, Frederick M., Horace, Joel, Joel, Joel, John, John], died Dec. 18, 2014, at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Lucille was born June 20, 1925, in Wallingford, New Haven County, Conn., the daughter of Hugh P. and Anna C. (Foley) Doherty. Before her retirement, she was a co-owner of Parmelee Plumbing in Durham, Middlesex County, Conn., where she lived. She was a communicant of Notre Dame Church and a former member of the Pastoral Council. Lucille was a member of the Durham Grange, the 60-Plus Club, the Golden Circle and the Red Hatters Society. She is survived by sons Joel and Donald of Vermont, and Jeffrey of Durham; daughters Judith Sleath of New Hampshire, Nancy Sleath of Durham, and Janice Borden of Texas; 10 grand- and 14 great-grandchildren; and Rochelle Seyle. She was preceded in death by daughter Brenda; brother James Doherty; and sister Rita Drew. Burial was at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. Memorial contributions may be made to Coginchaug Activity Re: Music Department, Coginchaug Regional High School, 135 Pickett Lane, Durham, CT 06422.


Lennie [Junior, Harry Edwin, Frederick Luman, James Edwin, Luman H., --?--] died Feb. 6, 2014, at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. He was born May 12, 1960, in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich., the son of Junior and Betty (Simcox) Parmelee. Lennie was employed at Troy Design and Manufacturing as a metal model maker. He was a Democrat and a member of UAW Local #245, and enjoyed riding his Harley on cross-country road trips and playing guitar. Survivors include his parents; his wife, the former Jennifer Barker; sons Donnie Anderson, and Trevor and Braydn Denham; daughters Debra, Beth and Sydnee Parmelee; brothers David and Mike Parmelee; sister Karen Akridge; and grandchildren Kaylynn and Quinton Parmelee. He was preceded in death by brother Donnie. The Janowiak Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Ypsilanti's Highland Cemetery.


Margaret, a nurse and widow of Carl Everett Parmley [William "Bryan," Newland Muhlenburg, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died March 6, 2014. She was born May 17, 1929, the daughter of George W. and Minnie Graham. After graduating from Red Bank (Tenn.) High School, she entered Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing and received her registered nurse certification in 1950. Her nursing assignments included the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Anderson and Roane counties, Tenn.; the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn., where she served as head nurse in the emergency room; and the Hamilton County Jail. Margaret was also owner and operator of Parmley’s Children’s Shop, a licensed Realtor, coordinator for the Morgan-Scott donation center, and a 50-year volunteer at Bethel Bible Village where she also served on its board. She was an active member at Ashland Terrace Christian and Red Bank United Methodist churches. Travel was a favorite pastime having visited most of the United States, 26 countries, and taking 29 cruises. Survivors include daughter Rebecca Jane Varnell and stepdaughter Linda Underwood; two grand- and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband; brothers Ralph and Carl; and sister Ruth G. Combs. Burial was at Chattanooga Memorial Park. Lane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Donations be made in her name to her Bethel Bible Village.


Margaret [Joseph Lyons, John Henry, William, Joseph, John, John, Joel, John, John], a former resident of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, N.Y., died Aug. 23, 2014. She was born Aug 17, 1916, the daughter of Joseph and Hazel Parmele. She was the widow of John D. Caven III, mother of John D. Caven IV, and grandmother of four. Services were held in Poughkeepsie.


Kathleen, wife of Floyd Collins Parmley [Laddon, James, Robert, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Desloge, St. Francois County, Mo., died April 19, 2014. She was born Feb. 28, 1938, at Libertyville, St. Francois County, Mo., to Paul and Ruby (Pirtle) Holmes. Kathleen was a stay-at-home mom to her four sons until they were older when she went to work for 20 years as a store clerk at Town and Country Supermarkets and Karsch’s Supermarkets. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, working word puzzles, and going hunting with her boys. Her family will fondly remember her good cooking, especially her biscuits. Survivors include her husband of 50 years; sons David of Farmington, St. Francois County, Mo., and Danny, Dennis, and Steve, all of Desloge; six grand- and one great-grandchild; and sister Marilyn Bell of Fredericktown, Madison County, Mo. Burial was at Libertyville Christian Cemetery. Cozean Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Assn.


Mary Ann, wife of Thomas W. Parmelee [Thomas Colden, Walker Moore, Fay Platt, Erastus, Luther, Ozias, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a renowned instructor, trainer and clinician in the equestrian community, died Feb. 6, 2014, at Georgia Regents University Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. She was 70. A native of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., she was the daughter of Eiso L. and Pauline (Wagner) Bruggema. Mary Ann and her husband owned Chessman Farm and had made Aiken, Aiken County, S.C., their home since 1988. Survivors include her husband; sons Rick Cram of Aiken, and Brent Cowan of Hastings, Barry County, Mich.; and four grandchildren. A celebration of her life was held at Highfields Event Center in Aiken. Memorial contributions may be directed to SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, 199 Willow Run Road, Aiken, SC 29801, or the Aiken County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 2207, Aiken, SC 29802.


Philip [Wallace "Jerry" Jerome, Arthur Philip, Seba Williams, Mary Ellen (Watson), Joseph, Maria, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry] of White Haven, Luzerne County, Pa., died Jan. 18, 2014, at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pa. He was born Nov. 2, 1965, at Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, the son of Jerry and Judy (Davis) Parmley. He was a graduate of East High School, West Chester, Chester County, Pa., and did contract work at White Haven Center. In addition to his parents, Philip is survived by sister Tammy; aunt Judy; and uncles Tom and Robert. White Haven's Lehman Family Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.


Renae, wife of Terry Ray Parmley [Raymond Wallace, Wallace Weston, Lemuel D., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died April 19, 2014, at her home in Michigan City, La Porte County, Ind. Renae enjoyed spending time with her family and taking care of doing the family genealogy. She was born Feb. 18, 1951, in Michigan City to Bert and Nell (Smith) Shedd, who survive in Cassopolis, Cass County, Mich. Also surviving are sons Trevor of Cassopolis and Jeremy of New Buffalo, Barrien County, Mich.; brother Bert Shedd Jr. of New Buffalo; sisters Judy Scott of Long Beach, La Porte, Ind., and Pam Frazier of Newnan, Coweta County, Ga.; and grandchildren Kristah, Kaden, and Jaidyn Parmley, all of New Buffalo, and Alexie Parmley of Cassopolis. Renae was preceded in death by son Terry. Services were held at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel in Michigan City, with Pastor Kevin Galloway officiating; cremation services followed.


Robert VanOstrand, widower of Victoria Anne Parmelee [George Henry, William Harry, Harry William, Jasper Ward, Timothy, Bryan, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], a carpenter of Windsor, Broome County, N.Y., died July 19, 2014. He was born May 14, 1943, the son of Robert and Ina VanOstrand, at Spencer, Tioga County, N.Y. Among his survivors are son Robert and daughter Judith Wells, both of Montrose, Susquehanna County, Pa.; stepdaughter Shielah Jones; brothers Roger, Richard and Jeffery; sisters Dodie Kohlbach, Virginia Quinn, Pat Koven, and Carol Hawley; eight grand- and stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He also was preceeded in death by stepson William Constable. Robert was buried at Windsor's Mountain View Cemetery.


Rosemary [De Vere "Dee," Walter "William," John, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Calumet City, Cook County, Ill., died March 4, 2014. She was born to the De Vere and Nellie (Tanner) Parmley in Mounds, Pulaski County, Ill., on May 18, 1930. Rosemary graduated from Moody Bidle Institute and Southern Illinois University and became a schoolteacher. Upon retirement, Rosemary helped in church libraries and did pet-sitting. Her compassion also extended to finding many homes for helpless animals. Among her survivors is sister Frieda Christian, of Metropolis, Massac County, Ill. Preceding her in death were five brothers and four sisters. Burial was in Internment Homewood Memorial Gardens. Memorials sent to Last Chance Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 398, Schererville, IN 46375, would be appreciated.


Roy [Floyd "Cowboy" William, Floyd B., William E., William Henry, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong resident of Stillwater, Payne County, Okla., died May 11, 2014, at his home. He was born April 1, 1957, to Cowboy and Ruby E. (Wyant) Parmley. Roy and his first wife, Loretta, whom he married in June 1975, had two children. He also had two with his second wife, Cheryl Hall, whom he married in 1980. He and his third wife, Brenda Frailey, had one child. He is survived by sons Curtis, Ike and Roy; daughter Contrina; brothers Gene and William; sister Dorothy; and 31 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Nancy Frailey and sister Nancy. Burial was at Olivet Cemetery in Perkins, Payne County, Okla. Strode Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Sally [Ingram Bedford, Bedford Forrest, Silas Ray, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired administrator of the Robertson County General Sessions Court, died April 19, 2014, at her home in Springfield, Robertson County, Tenn. She was born Feb. 4, 1934, in Grundy County, Tenn., to Ingram and Rebecca (Cannon) Parmley. She grew up in Tracy City, Grundy County, Tenn., and graduated from Grundy County High School. In 1952, on the night of the county fair, Sally eloped with the love of her life, Cliff Goodman; they were married 49 years, until his death in 2001. Sally was an avid reader, loved to travel and was a member of the YaYa Sisterhood of Robertson County. For more than a decade she mentored students through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Her survivors include daughter Becky Dove of Springfield; brother Rev. Ingram C. Parmley of Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C.; and two grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by son David M. Goodman and brother Martin "Forrest." Burial was at Memorial Gardens in Springfield. The Robertson County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robertson County RSVP Program in care of the funeral home.


Stella [Dexter, Jefferson, Giles, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired teacher, died Dec. 2, 2014, at the age of 100. She was born Aug. 13, 1914, in Wayne County, Ky., to Dexter and Celia (Slagle) Parmley, and graduated from Somerset High School. She obtained a teaching degree at Western Kentucky University and began her career in a one-room Wayne County schoolhouse. In 1942, she worked at Wright airplane factory in Ohio, and later moved Indiana where she taught at Milroy and Connersville. Upon her retirement, she returned to Kentucky and, in recent years, to Rushville, Rush County, Ky. She was an avid gardener and quilter, and loved birds and flowers. Among her survivors are sister Maysie Weaver and brother Charles. She was preceded in death by sisters Ella Mae Risner, Marjorie "Marg" Gahimer and Betty Jean Parmley; and brother Odie "Hershel." Graveside services were held at Elk Springs Cemetery in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky. Memorials may be made to the Rush County Community Foundation's Rush County Education Fund, 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN 46173.


Wanda [Cecil Paul, Samuel Taylor, Samuel Taylor, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Kirksville, Adair County, Mo., died March 6, 2014, at the University Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Boone County, Mo. She was born July 19, 1938, in Green Castle, Sullivan County, Mo., the daughter of Cecil and Trella Emma (Dimmitt) Parmley, Wanda spent much of her life in Adair County, graduating from Novinger High School in 1957, and marrying Eldon "Keith" Keith Simler on June 24, 1956, at Green Castle. She sold Stanley Home Products for more than 40 years, worked at the gas station in Simlerville and last owned and operated the Simler Dog Kennel for a number of years. She was a longtime leader of Liberty 4-H Club, enjoyed quilting, and in the past enjoyed raising chickens, gardening and canning. Wanda was a member of the Union Temple Church of Kirksville. Survivors include her husband; sons Mark of Kirksville, and Paul of Sperry, Adair County, Mo.; brother Warner Parmley of Green Castle; and six grand- and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Union Temple Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Union Temple Church, or Union Temple or Pratt cemeteries, all in care of Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.


Russell [Willis Densmore, Edwin, Alfred, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong farmer, died June 24, 2014, at his home at Hopkins, Allegan County, Mich., at the age of 102. Russell was born Oct. 19, 1911, the son of Willis and Lucy L. (Redhouse) Parmelee on the farm on 18th Street -- Russell could remember back when it was just a dirt track that passed his house -- that his grandparents settled in 1856. He graduated from Hopkins High School in 1929 and went on to attend Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). His college education was interrupted by a bout with pleurisy. During his yearlong recuperation, he broke the last 4 acres of that still tilled today. Russell went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree in agriculture science in 1934. The following year, he married Helen M. Wilcox. He worked for about a year after college as an agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as a herdsman near Beulah, Benzie County, Mich. When his father-in-law was injured in a buzz-saw accident, he returned to the Wilcox farm and lived there ever since. Together he and Helen managed and operated the Wilcox and Parmelee farms. Russell served on the Hopkins Board of Education, the Hopkins Township Board of Review, and the Allegan Soil Conservation District Board. He was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Wayland, Allegan County, Mich., where he was also deacon emeritus. Russell enjoyed mowing large areas of his farm with his Ford 8N tractor and Mott mower up to his 100th birthday; he also enjoyed gardening and reading. His favorite book was the Bible, which he read cover to cover several times. He said he owed his longevity to hard work, a clean and honest living, and the grace of his Lord. Survivors include son John of Bangor, Van Buren County, Mich.; daughter Georgia Ann Jeffery of Conway, Faulkner County, Ark.; and five grand- and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Helen, who died in 1992, he was preceded in death by son James. Burial was at Maplewood Cemetery in Hopkins Township. Memorial contributions may be made to RBM Ministries, c/o The Tim Cornish Family, 5325 West F Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49009; or the First Baptist Church of Wayland, 3514 12th St., Wayland, MI 49348. Arrangements were handled by the Gorden Funeral Residence, Hopkins Chapel.

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