MEMORIAL PARK

OBITUARIES
2022
 

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ANGELO TONY RAMIREZ 1945-2022

Angelo, husband of Eloise Rae (Parmley) [Carl Eugene, Lockey, James, Garner "John" J., Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 31, 2022, at his home in Chancellor, Turner County, S.D. Angelo was born April 26, 1945, at Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.D., where he grew up. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He and Eloise were married Oct. 17, 1968, at Flandreau, Moody County, S.D. They lived in Sioux Falls, and Iowa City and Wellman, Iowa, before moving to Chancellor in 2016. Over the years he worked at a number of occupations before retiring for health reasons. In addition to his widow, he is survived by sons James of Sioux Falls and Angelo Littlemoon of Iowa City; daughters Darla Huffman of Watertown, Codington County, S.D., Laura Zapata of Sioux Falls, and Raven Angel of North Liberty, Johnson County, Iowa; brother Doug Sargent; sisters Lita Quinn and Anna Olson; and 18 grand- and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Tiffany, brother Alan, and sister Irene. Arrangements were by Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home.


ELAINE ANN (LaPORTE) PARMELEE
1936-2022

Elaine, wife of Gale Bernard [Gale Bernard, Daniel Dunklee, Samuel "Alexander," Ambrose Nichols, Samuel, John, Joel, John, John], died Jan. 3, 2022, surrounded by family in Brandon, Rutland County, Vt. She was born July 13, 1936, the daughter of Philip M. and Gladys M. (Gelineau) LaPorte, in Forest Dale, Rutland County, Vt., where she attended elementary school. She graduated with the Class of 1955 from Brandon High School where she was a drummer in the band and enjoyed singing. She then went to work for National Grange Insurance in Rutland. She and Gale were married Feb. 23, 1957, at St. Monica's Church in Forest Dale. Elaine was the nucleus of the Parmelee family her entire life. She had a passion for making a house a home, especially at Christmas time, her favorite season. She was a devoted Catholic who attended Mass weekly at Our Lady of Good Help (St. Mary's) Church in Brandon and served on the parish council, volunteered her efforts over the years to beautify the church, and worked on the weekly church bulletin. That front right-center full pew was her second home. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Gale L. of Sebago, Cumberland County, Maine; daughters Charlene of Brandon and Beth A. Rawson, of Biddeford, York County, Maine; and grandson Tristan K. Parmelee, of Pittsford, Rutland County, Vt. Contributions in her memory may be made to Saint Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte, Vt. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery. Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


ERIC EARL PARMLEY 1954-2022

Eric [Edna, John, Asbury, --?--] died Jan. 19, 2022, at his home in Newport, Carteret County, N.C. He was born April 29, 1954, the son of Edna, in Newport. Among his survivors are his father Purivis L. Bryant Jr. of Rockledge, Brevard County, Fla.; brothers Jeff Parmley of Newport, Antony J. Bryant of Rockledge and Purvis L. Bryant III of Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, Fla.; sisters Sonya Frazier of Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., Vickie Embry of Newport, Denise Frazier of Newport, Purvette Bryant of Rockledge and Janet Jones of Red Bank, Monmouth County, N.J.; daughters Mahalatha Howard of Germany and Adelaida Frazier of North Carolina; five grand- and three great-grandchildren. Eric was preceded in death by his wife, the former Mary S. George. Burial was at Newport Community Cemetery. Noe-Brooks Funeral Home of Morehead City was in charge of arrangements.


JAMES 'MERT' WAVELL PARMLEY 1942-2022

Mert [Merton Hogg, John Edward, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Austin, Travis County, Texas, a long-time worker in the auto-finance industry, died Jan. 29, 2022, at Platinum Resort in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas. Mert was born June 16, 1942, in Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas, to Merton and Emma Mae (Commander) Parmley, one of seven children. He and his brothers grew up picking cotton and hauling watermelons to pay for their school clothes. Mert was protective of his sisters and loved them dearly. He graduated Groesbeck High in 1960 and was a quarterback for the Goats. Sports remained important to him: He was a Dallas Cowboys fan and followed college and professional football with great enthusiasm. He also was an avid golfer and runner. While attending Sam Houston State University, he worked summers as a roughneck. He attended night school at Southern Methodist University to earn a master’s degree. After college, he lived in Waco with brother John "Freddy" and went to work for General Motors Acceptance Corp. His work allowed him to travel and live in various cities in Texas. He met his future wife, LaVerne, at a GMAC Christmas party; the following day they started dating. Eight years later, in 1978, they were married and made their home in Dallas where he worked many years in Republic Bank's auto-finance division. Mert was a member of Waco Masonic Lodge #92, and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason. He was a church usher and attended men’s Bible studies. In addition to his widow, LaVerne, survivors include daughter Leslie Anne Parmley Ren and stepdaughter Tamara Leigh Anderson, both of Austin; brothers Jerry of Spring, Harris County, Texas, and Fred of Groesbeck; sisters Kathryn Harriman of Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, and Paula Alexander of Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas; and three granddaughters. He was preceded in death by brother Robert and sister Mary Frances Honeycutt. Burial was at Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas. Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in his memory to the Scottish Rites at 1733 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20009.


JEFFREY JOHN PARMELEE 1955-2022

Jeff [Arthur L., Harry L., Walter "Scott" Scott, Charles W., Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a software engineer, died Jan. 3, 2022, of leukemia. He was born Oct. 1, 1955, the son of Arthur and Genevieve (Krieger) Parmelee, in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn. Jeff was a musician and composer, who played the clarinet at Woodrow Wilson High School and the organ at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was an alumnus of MIT and worked at Raymond Engineering, Kaman Aerospace, Hamilton Standard and the Dion Software Co., companies made environmental controls for NASA's Apollo missions, space shuttles and spacesuits. Jeff was an avid hiker, birder and photographer. He enjoyed reading, biology, zoology, astronomy and math. Jeff is survived by sister Susan Hesse, two nephews and two nieces. Burial was at Middletown's Pine Grove Cemetery. Donations may be made in Jeff's memory to the Union of Concerned Scientists or the Natural Resources Defense Council. Doolittle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


JOHN 'JACK' AUBREY PARMELEE 1924-2022

Jack [Charles Aubrey, Charles Dustin, William Grannis, Roctus T., Ebenezer, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] died Feb. 9, 2022, at Perley Health in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was born Oct. 14, 1924, the son of Charles and Edith Mary (Lumsden) Parmelee, and raised in Ottawa, spending summers with extended family at his grandfather's cottage at Marshall's Bay, east of Arnprior. It was here he learned the fine art of calling and feeding the "chippies" peanuts from his pants pocket, a tradition he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed sports, participating on school teams throughout high school, and venturing up to the Gatineau by train to ski the trails, returning by bus to Wrightville at the end of the day. Jack loved the Ottawa Valley, spending one pivotal summer as a farm hand on the Kirk farm near Douglas. After his high school graduation, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as a bomb aimer until his release toward the end of World War II. Jack studied plant pathology at McDonald College (McGill), and started working at the Department of Agriculture in 1949. A year later he married Ruth Bounsall and they moved to Toronto where he pursued a master's in mycology. Money was scarce and entertainment consisted of sharing a hot dog while walking the streets of Toronto. In 1961, with family in tow, Jack returned to Toronto to earn his Ph.D. He returned to his career as a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He was a dedicated mycology researcher and conducted valuable work on obligating parasitic fungi especially Gymnosporangium. His research brought an important contribution to agriculture throughout the world and resulted in many research publications. He spent summers traveling the High Arctic and its islands, plus many of the national parks. He was curator of the Canadian National Mycological Herbarium until his retirement in 1987, after which he continued to work as an honorary research associate until age 90. Jack loved his wife, his family and his gravy. His unique fashion sense ran to suspenders and bow ties. He enjoyed singing at the piano while Ruth played, dressing up as Santa Claus, inventing and organizing party games, time in his workshop and sitting by the lake at his cottage. In addition to his wife of 71 years, Ruth, he is survived by sons James and Paul; daughters Jennifer Thomas and Susan Fagan; sister Anne Marie; 10 grand- and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sister Shirley White. The family would like to thank everyone who cared for him so thoughtfully and with respect at the Perley, the staff on R1S, and in particular, his personal sitter Ashley who helped him enjoy every possible minute even during COVID. We are in your debt. Burial at Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society or a charity of your choice.


MILDRED LOUISE (FAIRMAN) PARMELEE 1916-2022

Mildred, of Liverpool, Onondaga County, N.Y., and the widow of John "Jack" Monroe [John Barnes, George Herbert, Anson Hall, Asaph, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], died Jan. 13, 2022. She was 105. Mildred was born March 1, 1916, the daughter of Edward and Jennie May Fairman, in Phelps, Ontario County, N.Y. She is survived by son John S. of Centre Hall, Centre County, Pa.; daughters Virginia T. Parmelee of Liverpool, NY and Kathryn Leitch of Johnstown, Fulton County, N.Y..; sister Marjorie Stallman of Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, Va.; six grand- and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Phelps, the Phelps Library or the Phelps Community Historical Society.


RICHARD ALSTON PARMELEE 1929-2022

Richard [Theron "Parm" Storer, George Vader, John Franklin, Elisha, Theodore, Abraham, Abraham, Isaac, John, John], a nationally recognized civil engineer, died Feb. 12, 2022, in Northbrook, Cook County, Ill. He was born Sept. 7, 1929, the son of Theron and Marjorie (Whiteley) Parmelee, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. There Richard attended East High School and the University of Utah, receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa fraternity and, in recognition of his extracurricular activities during undergraduate years, was inducted into the university's Beehive Society. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps, assigned to the Amphibious Construction Battalion. After working as a structural designer, he attended UC Berkeley and received his Ph.D. in structural engineering and design. Richard was appointed to the Civil Engineering faculty at Northwestern University where he was responsible for developing the department's structural engineering design program. He studied wind and earthquake effects on structures, and researched developments in the analysis and design of dynamic soil-structure interaction phenomena. He also studied human perception of motion and developed design guidelines for these effects. After 20 years of teaching and research, Richard accepted the position of vice president of chief structural engineer with Alfred Benesch & Co., a Top 500 consulting engineering firm headquartered in Chicago. During his nine-year tenure, he was involved in the development and design of structural systems for high-rise buildings and special structures. Richard received numerous awards. He was named the 1984 Chicago Civil Engineer of the Year for the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Structural Engineers Assn. of Illinois named him its 1988 Structural Engineer of the Year. In 1992, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveying. Four years later, he was presented the American Society of Civil Engineers' Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a licensed structural engineer in Illinois, Utah and Nevada, and a registered civil engineer in California. From 1986 to 1993 he served as chairman of the Illinois Structural Engineering Board, and, in 1989, Gov. "Big Jim" Thompson's Earthquake Preparedness Task Force. (Quakes on the New Madrid fault have the potential to do damage in southern Illinois.) Richard's hobbies included cooking (especially Italian pasta), studying the Native Americans of the Southwest, trains and railroads, and genealogy. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Utah Pioneers. He is survived by his widow, the former Carolyn Jean King, and daughter Renee A. Parmelee. He was preceded in death by son Rodd. Memorials may be made to Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview, IL 60025, or Covenant Living Benevolent Fund, 2625 Techny Road, Northbrook, IL 60062. Starks Funeral Parlor was in charge of arrangements.


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