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2015-

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2019

LORENZO 'RENZY' ROLAND VALLERA 1928-2019

Renzy, a retired Connecticut state correctional officer and former husband of Sandra Parmelee [George Waldo, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Oct. 4, 2019. He was born July 20, 1928, the son of Venanzio and Marie (DeDominicis) Vallera, in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn. The Vallera family moved to Haddam, New Haven County, Conn., in 1947 to establish and run the family apple orchard known as Hazenhurst Orchards. In 1952, he joined the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company, serving as chief from 1956 to 1958, and becoming a life member in 1961. He was involved with the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth Degree Knight, the Elks Club and the Lions Club, served on various town committees over the years, and was an active member of St. Peter Church in Higganum, Middlesex County, Conn. In addition to Sandra, Renzy is survived by son Ken; daughters Paula Kelley, Gale Stekl, Beth Gaiss and Candy Veazie; 10 grandchildren; and 4½ great-grandchildren. The Funeral Liturgy was held at St. Peter Church; burial was at Meriden's Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company, the Haddam Ambulance Assn., St. Peter Church or an animal rescue organization. Biega's Funeral Home in Middletown was in charge of arrangements.

BRUCE DEWEY PARMELEE 1939-2019

Bruce [Floyd B., Harry Dewey, Frank B., Anson, --?--], a long-time industrial arts educator, died July 25, 2019, at the Maryville Living Center in Maryville, Nodaway County, Mo. Bruce was born May 26, 1939, in Denver, Denver County, Colo., the son of Floyd and Dorothy Anna (Marsh) Parmelee; the family moved to Greeley, Weld County, Colo., when he was 1. Bruce graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1957 and served in the Air Force from 1959 to 1963, maintaining electronics systems on the F105 Thunderchief. He was stationed in Spain and then deployed to Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then attended the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley, graduating in 1967 -- the same year he and Donna Hammer were married -- with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in industrial arts. He earned his Master of Science with a major in technical teacher education at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, and his Doctoral of Education in industrial education at the University of Northern Colorado. Bruce held a teaching assistantship while attending Pittsburg State, taught electricity/electronics at Northwest Missouri State University as an associate professor in the Department of Technology until it closed in 1992, and taught five years at the central campus of the Des Moines (Iowa) School District. Bruce served in the Army National Guard, joining in 1979 and becoming the survey section chief of the headquarters company of the 1st Battalion of 129th field artillery regiment. He rose to the rank of first sergeant (E8) with the same unit. His military career ended with the Iowa National Guard at Camp Dodge Iowa, and at his discharge he received Meritorious Service Medal for service over five decades. He held licenses as a first-class federal communications operator, a private pilot and amateur radio operator. His hobbies included flying, fishing, hunting, rifle club and geocaching. Bruce retained his membership with the West Des Moines Lutheran Church of Hope. Among his survivors are wife Donna; son Craig of Kalispell, Flathead County, Mont.; daughter Susan Grispino of Maryville; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother Donn Parmelee. Burial was at Maryville's Oak Hill Cemetery. The Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home of Maryville was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a visit with an elderly friend or family member, or a donation to the Wounded Warriors Organization.

MARGARET 'PEGGY' (BRENNAN) PARMELEE 1931-2019

Peggy, a retired receptionist and the widow of William J. [William J., William W., Owen J., Jehiel Nettleton, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died June 24, 2019, at Bishop Wicke Healthcare in Shelton, Fairfield County, Conn. She was a resident of Oxford, New Haven County, Conn. Peggy was born Sept. 1, 1931, the daughter of James F. and Margaret (Shea) Brennan of Seymour, New Haven County, Conn. After retiring from the front desk of the Seymour Trust Co., she and Bill did a lot of traveling and spent their winters in Florida. Peggy is survived by son William III of Seattle, King County, Wash.; grandsons William IV of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., and Taylor of Everett, Snohomish County, Wash.; a great-granddaughter; brother James of Seymour; and sister Barbara Murzin of Shelton. Services were private. The Ralph Hull Funeral Home of Seymour handled arrangements.

MICHAEL 'MIKE' J. PARMLEY 1949-2019

Mike [Robert W., James "Robert" Robert, Robert James, George Washington, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a career California parks and recreation director, died May 10, 2019, at Central City Care Center in Central City, Merrick County, Neb. Mike was born in Grand Island, Hall County, Neb., on July 15, 1949, the son of Robert and Ellen (Kallos) Parmley, and was 1967 graduate of Grand Island High School. He attended Kearney State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating with a degree in physical education. While in college he competed in track and field, pole vaulting, and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Mike then made his way to California, where he landed a job with the city of Los Angeles as a parks and recreation director in Woodland Hills and finished his career in Pacific Palisades. After 20 years of employment with the city of Los Angeles, he retired back in Grand Island in 1995. Although Mike was a Nebraska kid at heart, California became his home and he was joined by some of his best friends and classmates. He enjoyed Dodgers games, hanging out at the beach, weekends in Mexico, and having a cold Coors beer. He was a sports advocate who liked to stay in shape, toss the ball around with his nieces and nephews, play the guitar and attend a Huskers game whenever he got the chance. Survivors include brothers Robert of Chandler, Maricopa County, Ariz., and David of Grand Island; and sister Cynthia Arnold of Grand Island. Burial of his ashes will be in Grand Island City Cemetery.

FRANCES GENEVA (FRIER) PARMELEE 1934-2019

Frances, wife of Richard H. [Edward W., Paul Everett, Hosmer Buckingham, Farnham, Constant, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], died Sept. 29, 2019, in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. She was born April 17, 1934, the daughter of Belvie Jennings Frier Sr. and Edna Frier Kirkland, in Mayo, Lafayette County, Fla. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School, Geneva worked for several insurance companies before becoming a full-time homemaker. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter Beverly Parmelee, brothers B.J. and J.C. Frier, and sister Eleanor Bales. She was preceded in death by sisters Dorothy Wilkinson Burch, Charlotte Brooker and Ethel Carroll. Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

JEANNINE (STEPHENSON) PARMLEY DONOVAN 1941-2019

Jeannine, whose first husband was the late Conley Parmley [1937-2003; Ode Lee, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 29, 2019. She was born Sept. 30, 1941, the daughter of Lucille (Stephenson) Stringer. Jeannine is survived by husband Harold Donovan; sons Morgan Parmley, Paul Parmley, Jeff Parmley, Stacy Parmley and Chris Parmley; daughter Pam (Parmley) Turner; sister Carolyn Jones; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to Conley, she was preceded in death by brother Ronald Stringer and one grandchild. Burial was in the Parnell Baptist Church Cemetery in Parnell, Wayne County, Ky. The family has requested that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

ERNEST LEE PARMLEY 1952-2019

Ernie [Garnett Flavious, Joseph Ephraim, James Ephraim, Ephraim, Garner, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died in early July 2019. He was born Aug. 24, 1952, the son of Garnett and Eileen Mae (Butler) Parmley, in Turlock, Stanislaus County, Calif. He graduated from Hilmar High School and worked in construction most of his adult life; one of his first jobs was for West Coast Premium Aluminum. He enjoyed gardening, was an avid '49ers fan, and loved his cockatiel Elvis. He is survived by sons Johnny Hipolito and Kevin Parmley; daughter Heather Cope; five grandchildren; brothers Joe, Garnett, William, Michael and Gale; sisters Garnell Bawcum, Sebina Forgnone, Patricia Parmley, Debra Myers and Louise Onate. Ernie was preceded in death by his wife, the former Linda Bettencourt, and brother Alfred "Paul."

DAPHNE 'D.G.' HUNT (GRICE) PARMELEE 1939-2019

Daphne, a resident of Saint Simons Island, Glynn County, Ga., and the widow of George Erwin [Ellis Earl, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 14, 2019. She was born July 1, 1939, in Goldsboro, Wayne County, N.C., the daughter of William J. and Eunice D. Grice. She and George, a member of the US Air Force, were married July 27, 1956. Daphne enjoyed her animals and other pets, many that she rescued, and was an avid grower of beautiful garden plants. She is survived by daughters Cynthia Nelson of Kennesaw, Cobb County, Ga., Sandra Rafolski of Brunswick, Glynn County, Ga., and Debra Selander of Cayce, Lexington and Richland counties, S.C.; sisters Susan Leonard of High Point, Guilford County, N.C., and Jane Moudy of Midland, Midland County, Texas; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was buried at Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens on Saint Simons Island. The family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's Assn., 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

KIMBERLY LEANN PARMELE 1976-2019

Kimberly [Unplaced], of Scottsville, Allen County, Ky., died Aug. 3, 2019, at the Medical Center at Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky. She was a homemaker, a former employee of the 101st Airbourne Restaurant and an avid sports mom. She was born May 1, 1976, in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. She is survived by husband David Duncan of Scottsville; sons Cody Parmele of Lebanon, Marion County, Tenn., and Sean and Joshua Duncan of Scottsville; daughter Kaitlyn Duncan of Scottsville; a brother, sister and half-sister; and grandmother Benitta Carlson of Portland. The Goad Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made at Goad Funeral Home.

SANDRA ANN (EVANSON) PARMLEY 1948-2019

Sandy, a businesswoman and the widow of Norman D. [Robert W., James "Robert" Robert, Robert James, George Washington, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died April 25, 2019. She was born May 18, 1948, in Bismarck, Burleigh County, N.D., the daughter of Gordon and Dorothy Evanson. The family moved to California in 1950, and to Bellflower, Los Angeles County, Calif., four years later. She was a graduate of Downey High School. Sandy married and had a daughter, Tonya, and six years later a son, Brandon. She married Norm in 1976 and together they raised a blended family including Tonya, Brandon, Kim and Chris; Sandy also had seven grandchildren. She began her career in the aerospace industry during the moon-shot era, gaining experience in human resources and organizational management. She moved on to a creative design firm, and, after her husband's death in 2000, served as executive vice president at Battaglia Inc., a worldwide theme-park design company.

2018

SARAH GAIL (FINCH) PARMLEY 1939-2018

Sarah, a resident of Helena, Shelby County, Ala., who worked Bridgestone/Firestone for 20 years, died Nov. 17, 2018. She was born March 5, 1939, in Lamar County, Ala., the daughter of Richard Cameron and Lois (Seay) Finch. She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church in Bessemer, Jefferson County, Ala. Gail is survived by her husband of 56 years, Glenn Edward Parmley [James Edward, William Giles, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Berg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John]; son Ryan; daughter Shannon; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Oakwood Memorial Gardens in Gardendale, Jefferson County, Ala.

LORRAINE (DAMADUK) PARMELEE ca1941-2018

Lorraine, wife of Dean X. [Dean Egbert, Martin Egbert, Egbert Benson, Phineas Meigs, Phineas, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], died Sept. 11, 2018, at Carlyle House in Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio, after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer's. She was 71. Lorraine was born and grew up in New York City, and graduated from Richmond College of the City College of New York system with highest honors in microbiology. Early on she worked at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, then moved to Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., to take a research position at the University of Rochester. While campaigning for George McGovern for president in 1972, she met Dean, a medical student. Despite McGovern's defeat, the two didn't lose their zeal for the principles of democracy, human rights, and nonviolence. They moved to Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., where Lorraine completed a master's graduate program in Early Childhood Development at Wheelock College while Dean endured a couple of residencies at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She also worked as administrator for the Harvard Law School Health Service for several years. The family moved to Virginia in 1983; first Williamsburg, then Richmond became home for many wonderful years. It was while working there at an antiques and furniture consignment store, The Attic, that she learned way too much about such things, and she and mother began to collect, becoming adroit at hiding or disguising items from Dean the minimalist. In 2002, the family moved to Dayton where Dean became the associate dean for Medical Education at Boonshoft School of Medicine, and Lorraine reinvigorated her interest in nature photography and began winning prizes in regional competitions for her works. Local restaurants such as the Winds in Yellow Springs invited her to exhibit her works. Lorraine helped Dayton classical music station WDPR-FM 89.1 with fundraising, and volunteered at the Little Exchange, the Dayton Visual Arts Center, and the Central Perc European Cafe in Oakwood, Montgomery County, Ohio, where she lunched with friends almost every day for 15 years. In addition to her husband, Lorraine is survived by son Reid of New York City, and brother John Damaduk, also of New York City. Contributions may be made in Lorraine's name with Dayton Public Radio or the Dayton Visual Arts Center.

BETTY JO (PARMELEE) WYANT 1929-2018

Betty [Edward W., Paul Everett, Hosmer Buckingham, Farnham, Constant, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John] died May 21, 2018. She was born Oct. 2, 1929, the daughter of Edward and Ida (Kretachmar) Parmelee, in Orlando, Orange County, Fla., and grew up in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School, Betty worked for and eventually retired from the Department of Labor. She attended Riverside Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed travel and playing bridge. Betty is survived by brother Richard, a granddaughter and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Jay W. Wyant, son Jerry Allen Sims Jr., and brother Edward. Burial was at Jacksonville's Riverside Memorial Park. The Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

2017

EVELYN 'JACKIE' JAQUELINE (PARMELY) FOX 1936-2017

Jackie [Jackson "Jack" Reed, Jonathan "John" Reed, John Reed, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a 36-year employee of General Dynamics/Lockheed, died Dec. 24, 2017, in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. She was born March 20, 1936, in Avery, Wise County, Texas, to Jack and Lela Gertrude (Clark) Parmely. Jackie and Jimmy Darrell "J.D." Fox were wed Nov. 7, 1958, in Fort Worth. She retired from her job as a contract administrator in 1994, and traveled the world, visiting Europe, Australia, China and Vietnam. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Alvord, Wise County, Texas. Jackie is survived by sons Robert Fox of Winter Haven, Polk County, Fla., and Ben Fox of Orange Park, Clay County, Fla., and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by J.D. Burial was at Alvord Cemetery. The Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.

JANETTE MARY (LOEWEN) PARMELY 1953-2017

Janette, wife of Timothy Lee Parmley [Temalian "Moley" Cravlin, Robert "Doc" E. Lee, Chrisman, Aladdin, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a longtime resident of Florence, Marion County, Kan., died Dec. 13, 2017, at Peabody Health and Rehab in Peabody, Marion County, Kan. She was born Feb. 28, 1953, to Paul and Darlene (Davis) Loewen in Hillsboro, Marion County, Kan. In addition to her husband, survivors include sons James of Cedar Point, Chase County, Kan., and Travis of Great Bend, Barton County, Kan.; sister Mashawn Weber of Florence; and three grandchildren. Sister Paulette Zook preceded her in death. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence. A memorial has been established with Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861, to assist with funeral expenses.

JAMES ERNST PARMLEY 1909-2017

Jim [Henry Stephen, James Knox Polk, Stephen, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a Western Union teletype operator who became a long-time air traffic controller, died Dec. 4, 2017, at his home in Frisco, Collin County, Texas. He was 108; his mother, Nancy Mabel (Curtis) Parmley, lived to 103; his grandmother, Julia Ann (Cable) Parmley, lived to 101. Jim was born in Camden County, Mo., the son of Henry Stephen and Nancy Mabel (Curtis) Parmley, on Aug. 25, 1909. Eight years later, the family moved to Payne County, Oklahoma, first in Norfolk, and then in Yale. Jim moved to Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Okla., his senior year and graduated there in 1928. After a brief stint at Western Union, he worked as an air traffic controller in Oklahoma, California and Alaska, whose beauty he enjoyed from his private plane. His interests included books, politics and the Old West. He was a gifted artist and pianist. He celebrated his 100th birthday in Cancun, Mexico, where he swam with dolphins and parasailed. At 104, he took his first Amtrak trip, and two years later embarked on a Caribbean cruise. At 105, he began writing his memoirs and recorded an interview with the Generations Broadcast Center. Asked at the end of the session for advice for future generations, he replied: "Care for everyone, every soul you meet." Jim is survived by his fourth wife, Sarah (Scruton); daughter Patricia of Houston, Harris County, Texas; four stepdaughters; and various nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by wives Esther (Argenbright) and Lilliam (Belyea) Parmley; brother George L.; half-brother Louis N.; and sisters Martha Ripley and Marye McGurk.

JOSEPHINE MAE (PARMLEY) JENS 1925-2017

Josie [Lockey, James A., Garner "John" J., Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a restaurant worker and private housekeeper, died Oct. 8, 2017, in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.D. She was 92. She was born and raised on the family farm near the Vermillion River in the area near Canistota, McCook County, S.D., to Lockey and Helen (Morrison) Parmley. Josie attended country schools, and then moved to Sioux Falls where she worked for various restaurants and cafes. After she and Vernon P. Jens were married Jan. 31, 1948, Josie worked for the Sport Bowl Café and the Normandy Restaurant. The couple enjoyed attending dances, country drives and regularly visited Humboldt and Canistota, where they would reminisce about earlier times. They also enjoyed fishing at the Vermillion Lake near Josie’s former farmstead. After her husband’s death in 1996, Josie retired to spend time with her family. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Josie was preceded in death by brothers Harvey, Ellis, Earl, Roy and Carl, and sisters Lena Carpenter Suckow Henderson Shaner, Ethel Nordstrom and Ann Wittrock. Burial was at Sioux Falls' Hills of Rest Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

DONALD DEE PARMLEY 1952-2017

Donald [Buford Weldon, Henry Franklin, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], who worked at Insurance Auto Auction for 27 years, died Sept. 14, 2017, at his home in Madison, Madison County, Ala. He was born Feb. 12, 1952, in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Fla., the son of Weldon and Frances (Myers) Parmley. Donald attended Elkton Baptist Church, enjoyed bird watching, yard sales, motorcycle rallies, and was on a pool league. He is survived by son Donald Jr. "D.J."; daughter Angela Lowrance; brothers Billy and Buford Parmley; sisters Sarah Kerry and Kathy Link; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Ronnie, and nephew Scott Parmley. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Limestone County.

HASKEL BENNY PARMLEY 1936-2017

Haskel [Haskel "Jack" Du Bose, William Giles, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a long-time butcher and resident of Red Bank, Hamilton County, Tenn., died April 12, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn. He was born June 19, 1936, in Tracy City, Grundy County, Tenn., to Jack and Rachel (Carrick) Parmley. Haskel had a faithful clientele at the Home Stores in Chattanooga, then Red Food and later Bi-Lo. He was a 1954 graduate of Grundy County High School. Haskel is survived by wife Nancy (Grooms); sons Jason B. of San Diego, San Diego County, Calif., and Jonathan G. of Red Bank; daughter Jennifer J. Parmley of Tracy City; brothers Tom M. of Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties, Colo., David of Powder Springs, Cobb County, Ga., and Carlton of Tracy City; sister Sally C. Brown of Tracy City; grandchildren Jennifer L. Flanery, and Audra and Abbie Parmley; and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by brother Robert S. and sister Ann Hayes. Burial was at Fall Creek Cemetery at Gruetli-Laager, Grundy County, Tenn. The Foster and Lay Funeral Home of Tracy City was in charge of arrangements.

MARGARET ANN (HANSEN) PARMLEY SONNTAG 1944-2017

Margaret, whose first husband was the late David Parmley [Charles Lester, Lester Dea, Myron Bryan, Richard Franklin, Dennis A., Lemuel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died March 6, 2017, at the Heritage House in Atlantic, Iowa County, Iowa. Over the years she was a Sunday school teacher, substitute organist, and served in various positions at the Brayton Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was born April 14, 1944, to Wilbert and Eva (Plambeck) Hansen in Atlantic. Margaret was a member of the Class of 1962 at Exira High School where she played clarinet in the band and sang in the choir. After graduation, Margaret moved to Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, and was a clerk underwriter for the American Insurance Co. She and David Parmley were married in 1963 at the Brayton church, and lived in the Exira-Brayton area. Margaret worked at the Valley Restaurant from 1966 to '79. From 1979 to '84 she worked in accounting for Wheeler Distributing in Exira, and then at Henningsen Construction until she retired in 2007. Also from 1994 to 2007, she worked at the Pine's Steakhouse and Oinker's lounge. David and Margaret traveled throughout the United States. After his death in 2005, Margaret moved to Atlantic, Iowa County, Iowa, and the following year she and Marvin Sonntag were wed and made their home there. They visited Denmark, Germany and several other countries, enjoyed cruises to Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii and the Panama Canal, and camping and hiking in the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. Margaret was a member of the Atlantic Business and Professional Women's Organization, and held several local offices in the organization as well as being a state committee chair. She was an avid bowler, a charter member of the Exira Community Band, and enjoyed her monthly breakfasts or dinners with her high school pals. After given an ALS diagnosis in 2013, she fulfilled her dream of skydiving, and enjoyed her water therapy classes at the YMCA. Survivors, in addition to her second husband, include son Clark Parmley of Springfield, Greene County, Mo.; daughter Renee Lehman of Granger, Dallas County, Iowa; grandchildren Nicholas Parmley of St. Robert, Pulaski County, Mo., William Lehman and Andrew Tucker Lehman, all of Granger; brothers Maynard and Larry; stepchildren Todd, Steven and Dennis Sonntag, and Becky Willrich; and step-grandchildren Michael, Meaghan, Joseph, Dillon, Alex, Brooklyn, Reagan, Chase Sonntag, and Lily Willrich; and her step-great-grandson Milo Sager. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery west of Brayton; the Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of arrangements. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery west of Brayton. Memorials may be directed to Renee Lehman at 2039 Vista View Drive, Granger IA 50109.

RODNEY A. PARMELEE 1946-2017

Rodney [Ronald Art "Red," Howard Baldwin, Isaac, Aaron Baldwin, Bela, Reuben, John, John, John, John, John, John], a longtime resident of Honeoye Falls, Monroe County, N.Y., died Feb. 9, 2017. He was born May 1, 1946, the son of Ronald Art "Red" and A. Mildred "Millie" (Shelley) Parmelee, in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. Rodney was a member of the American Legion Falls Post 664 and the local Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; sons Casey and Shane; two grandchildren; sisters Joan Smith and Marilyn De Sain; and many nieces and nephews. Burial was at Honeoye Falls Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to the Veterans Memorial–Falls Post 664, c/o Wayne Menz, 90 Ontario St., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472.

OLIVER 'TUT' WOLCOTT PARMLY 1926-2017

Tut [Eleazar "Zar," Eleazar "Ellie," Eleazar, David W., Eleazar, Jehiel, Stephen, Stephen, John, John], a third-generation graduate of West Point who augmented his life in the military and the private sector with public service, died Feb. 4, 2017, after a stroke at his home in Richmond, Chittenden County, Vt. Tut was born June 21, 1926, in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vt., the son of Eleazar and Dorethe (Heilberg) Parmly. In 1950, he graduated West Point, wed Irene "Nini" Mossman in Holyoke, Hampshire County, Mass., and drew his first assignment: Panama. Further assignments led the family to Oklahoma and Georgia, where he received his Master of Science from Georgia Tech. He resigned his commission in 1960 and returned to Burlington to work for General Electric where he made a major contribution to the development of the Vulcan Air Defense System, which is credited with saving many American lives during the Vietnam War. Tut was employed at Shelburne Industries from 1967 to '69, and returned to GE where he stayed until his retirement in 1991. He returned to the workforce a decade later as a personal security specialist with Homeland Security, and retired from there in 2013. Over the years, he volunteered with the Gideons, counseled for SCORE, served as a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts, was a local school board director, served as treasurer of the Vermont School Boards Assn., and was active in his church as Sunday school teacher, deacon, and treasurer. He lent his rich baritone voice to the West Point Glee Club, church choirs, and the Burlington Oratorio Society. Tut served as justice of the peace, had a seat on the Richmond Board of Civil Authority, and campaigned three times for election to the state General Assembly. He was a district deputy director and director of the Vermont Civil Defense, was on the local Emergency Planning Committee, and elected chairman of the Chittenden County Citizen Corps Council. President George W. Bush honored him as an emergency volunteer in 2008. In addition to his wife, Tut is survived by son Bruce "Barney"; daughters Susann Smith, Marcella Landell and Carrie Irish; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister Alexandra Bradbury of Stockton, San Joaquin County, Calif. He was preceded in death by brother Eleazar IV. A memorial service was held at the Congregational Church in Jericho Center, Chittenden County, Vt. Memorial donations may be directed to Aspire Together, 56 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401, or Richmond Rescue.

LINDA LEE (BETTENCOURT) PARMLEY 1950-2017

Linda, who worked at the Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder Office for 19 years and was the wife of Ernest Lee [Garnett Flavious, Joseph Ephraim, James Ephraim, Ephraim, Garner, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died in late January, 2017, in Crows Landing, Stanislaus County, Calif. She was born in April, 1950, the daughter of Manuel and Victoria Bettencourt, in Turlock, Stanislaus County, Calif., and was a graduate of Hilmar High School. Linda loved working in her garden and rooting for the '49ers. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son John Hipolito; brothers Norman, Marlin and Mark; and sister Yvonne Dyrland. Contributions can be made in Linda's name to the American Cancer Society. Allen Mortuary of Modesto was in charge of arrangements.

GENEVIEVE BERNICE (KRIEGER) PARMELEE 1928-2017

Genevieve, a resident of Brookfield, Fairfield County, Conn., and widow of Arthur L. [Harry L., Walter "Scott" Scott, Charles W., Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died Jan. 9, 2017. She was born April 25, 1928, in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., the daughter of Ludwig and Natalie (Koss) Krieger. Genevieve was a member of Faith (formerly St. Paul) Lutheran Church in Middletown. She enjoyed gardening, bird-watching, music and photography. Among her survivors are son Jeffrey of Middletown; daughter Susan L. Hesse of Brookfield; brother Roy Krieger of Middletown; and four grandchildren. Burial was at Middletown's Pine Grove Cemetery. Doolittle Funeral Home of Middletown was in charge of arrangements. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center of Connecticut, 1261 S. Main St., Plantsville, CT 06479, or the American Parkinson Disease Association, CT Chapter, 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06473.

EMMERT 'JESS' ORVAL PARMLEY 1923-2017

Jess [Emmert Orval, John Reed, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a World War II veteran who parachuted into France the night before D-Day, died Jan. 8, 2017. He was born June 18, 1923, in Butterfield, Barry County, Mo., to Emmert and Violet Meda (Hankins) Parmley, the second of four children. He enlisted in the Army on Dec. 22, 1941, just 15 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He volunteered to join the 101st Airborne Infantry that jumped into Normandy ahead of the Allied invasion of June 6, 1944, and received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained one week later. He returned home after his discharge on Nov. 22, 1945, and married his high school sweetheart, Billie Jauline England. They moved to Antioch, Contra Costa County, Calif., in 1946, started a family. Among his survivors are sons John, William and James; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Billie; daughter Penny Rayner; brothers Gerald "Windy" and Donald "Butch"; and sister Johynee. Burial was at Antioch's Oak View Memorial Park. Donations may be made in his honor to Hospice of the East Bay.

2016

PAULINE 'POLLY' (MASSARO) PARMELEE 1921-2016

Polly, a lifelong resident of Hamden, New Haven County, Conn., and widow of Walter A. [Daniel Louis, Owen J., Owen J., Jehiel Nettleton, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died Nov. 11, 2016, at Hamden Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., to Louis and Julia Massaro. Polly was formerly employed as a teacher of developmentally disabled children at Southbury Training School. As a founding member of Dunbar United Church of Christ and dedicated disciple for more than 70 years, she spent many years working in Christian Education making lasting impressions on countless children. She previously served as president of the Connecticut Women of the UCC and as a member of the Board for Homeland Ministries. Polly was Connecticut's 1987 choice as outstanding church laywoman, presented at UCC General Synod. She also had many friends at Bethesda Lutheran Church, where she and Walter were married Oct. 18, 1944. Polly loved spending time with her friends and family, especially cooking for them. Among her survivors are son Dennis of Naples, Collier County, Fla., David of Wallingford, New Haven County, Conn.; daughter Cindy Maris of Nashua, Hillsborough County, N.H.; sister Theresa DeAngelis; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Walter, and her brother and sisters. Burial was at New Haven's Beaverdale Memorial Park. Donations in her name may be made to Dunbar UCC.

TERRENCE GARDINER E. PARMELEE 1946-2016

Terrence [Harry Gardiner, Gardiner Philander, Gardiner Henry, Zeno "Philander," Zeno, Gardner, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a resident of Solon, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, died Aug. 26, 2016. He was born Aug. 22, 1946, in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the son of Harry and Ruth Marie (Podojil) Parmelee. Among his survivors are wife Susan C. (Broe); sons Terrence and Nicholas; daughter Whitney Eddington; three grandchildren; and sister Eileen. Memorials may be made to the Geauga Humane Society/Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Road, Novelty, Ohio 44072.

MOYA (LAVIN) PARMELE 1945-2016

Moya, who with husband Alfred "Truman" Truman [Alfred "Truman" Truman, Alfred Truman, Alfred, Truman, Thomas Truman, Thomas, Thomas, Job, John, John] owned Ashland Coffee & Tea, died Aug. 9, 2016, after a five-year battle with cancer. She is best remembered as bringing outstanding musicians to their coffeehouse in Ashland, Hanover County, Va., and cooking for community events in the greater Richmond area. She was born May 24, 1945, the daughter of Lt. Col. Peter E. and Ida (Bailey) Lavin. Over the years Moya lived in Raleigh and Ft. Bragg, N.C., San Antonio, Texas, Reston, Va., and Frankfurt, Germany. Her love for music frequently took her to events in Vermont, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Alfred Truman "T. J." of Herndon, Fairfax County, Va.; daughter Megan Thomas of Ashland; two grandchildren; brother Peter Lavin Jr. of Greenville, Pitt County, N.C.; and sister Kathleen Lavin of Pinehurst, Moore County, N.C. Donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

TRACY JO (FERRIS) PARMELE 1958-2016

Tracy, a hospital administrator and wife of Randall "Randy" C. [Orville Charles, Clarence Spencer, George Spenser, Lucius Seth, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Aug. 2, 2016. Tracy grew up in McMinnville, Yamhill County, Ore., and was a 1976 McMinnville High School graduate. She waited tables and worked as a cabinetmaker before entering the medical field, working at McMinnville Community Hospital for 8½ years as the medical staff coordinator. Tracy and Randy were married June 25, 1982, and moved to Central Oregon in 1993. She worked at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Deschutes County, for 20 years and was manager of continuing medical education. She earned a bachelor's degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University in 2004. Tracy fostered strong relationships with the families at Trinity Lutheran School and her church, Eastmont. She was a volunteer coordinator for Family Kitchen in Bend, which feeds the hungry. She was a talented artist, enjoyed nature, long walks, camping, red lipstick and had a playful sense of humor. In addition to her husband, Tracy is survived by daughter Tara Laughlin; mother and stepfather Valerie Ferris-Bennett and Ed Bennett; brothers Rick and Cory Ferris; sister Shelley Hadfield; and various nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Ferris. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Family Kitchen in Bend, or to St. Charles Bend Cancer Center.

FREEMAN 'DON' D. PARMLEY 1958-2016

Don [Claude, Prudence, Iva, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a legendary bluegrass musician, died June 30, 2016, in Hazard, Perry County, Ky., after experiencing complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. He was born Oct. 19, 1933, the son of Claude and Edna (Spradlin) Parmley, in Wayne County, Ky. As a 12-year-old, he began learning claw-hammer/drop thumb banjo from his grandfather, but it was the driving three-finger style of Earl Scruggs that led to him taking up that method of picking the five-string. Don quickly made a name for himself, securing stints with Carl Story and Hylo Brown. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was trained as a tank driver, but soon his duties were expanded to providing music to entertain his fellow troops. After his discharge, Don returned home and, on May 26, 1956, married Betty Jean Abbott. Faced with few employment opportunities, the Parmleys moved to Southern California where Don found a steady job and, in the early '60s, became one of the founders of The Hillmen -- also known as The Golden State Boys -- which included brothers Vern and Rex Gosdin, and Chris Hillman. The group became popular in Southern California and frequently appeared on television, which led to Don being hired to play all the incidental banjo music for "The Beverly Hillbillies" for all nine seasons. (That's Scruggs on the banjo in the CBS sit-com’s theme song.) Don also recorded with Glen Campbell, Doug Dillard and Billy Strange. When Hillman left to join The Byrds, the group disbanded, and Don started The Bluegrass Cardinals in 1974 with 15-year-old son David (lead vocals and guitar) and tenor singer and mandolin player Randy Graham. The group recorded a number of albums over 25 years with various artists joining in along the way, including Barry Berrier, Warren Blair, Bill Bryson, Mike Hartgrove, Dale Perry, Don Rigsby, Larry Stephenson, Ernie Sykes and Norman Wright. After Don retired from full-time touring, the family settled in Franklin County, Va., in 1997. He returned to Wayne County in 2007 for "A Day With Don Parmley," which featured musical performances, signs erected in his honor on Kentucky 90 at the Clinton and Pulaski county lines, and a chance to spend time with local residents. Burial was at Elk Spring Cemetery in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky.

VERNON PAUL PARMELEE 1933-2016

Vernon [Raymond "Phillip," William "Willie" E., Perry Lewis, Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a teacher and counselor, died June 29, 2016, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in LeMars, Plymouth County, Iowa, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born June 30, 1933, in South Sioux City, Dakota County, Neb., the son of Raymond and Rose (Martin) Parmelee. Vernon was a 1951 graduate of South Sioux City High School. He and Virginia Barbara Conlon were wed Oct. 9, 1952, and shortly thereafter he served two years in the U.S. Marines. Vernon worked with his father at the Sullivan Commission Co. in the stockyards, and later for Swift & Co. He graduated from Morningside College in 1978 with a degree in education and received his master's from the University of South Dakota. Vernon began his career in education at Anthon-Oto School. He was a counselor at the Winnebago, Macy and Walthill schools and then taught as WIT. Vernon was a teacher and counselor for K-5 students in the Sioux City Community Schools District for many years, and coached girls' softball, basketball and track. He was a co-founder of the SYA Program and the Sioux Valley Track Club, a lifelong member of the YMCA and enjoyed playing in handball tournaments with his father and children. He is survived by sons Paul of LeMars, Phillip of Jefferson, Union County, S.D., and Preston of Tea, Lincoln County, S.D.; daughters Patricia of Sioux City, Paula of Elk Point, Union County, S.D., Megan Herfel of Petaluma, Sonoma County, Calif., and Penny Smith of Hemet, Riverside County, Calif.; sister Virginia Davenport of South Sioux City; 37 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren. Vernon was preceded in death by daughters Pamela and Paige, infant son P.C. Parmelee, infant brother Raymond; and two grandsons. Burial was at Graceland Park Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made in his name to the donor's choice.

SHERWOOD 'SHERRY' E. PARMELEE ca1925-2016

Sherry [Earle Lindsley, George Horace, Horace Dudley, Jonathan, Jonathan, William, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], a longtime resident of Guilford, New Haven County, Conn., and a World War II Navy veteran, died March 4, 2016, at his home. He worked as a real estate developer and owned his own real estate company, County Inc. Sherry enjoyed boating, fishing, clamming, lobstering, the outdoors, the wildwoods and Indian Cove. He is survived by his wife, the former Cynthia Stowell; son Scott; daughter Kristin; and grandchildren Stephanie Stoetzer, and Westin and Dana Parmelee. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Janice Rollins; son Steven E.; and brother G. Kendall. Burial with military honors took place at Guilford's Alderbrook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you take a moment to hug your child, grandchild, friend, or walk in the woods for a moment, an hour or a day with them.

KENNETH LEE PARMELE 1979-2016

Ken [Gary Lee, Gordon Lee, Milton Lee, Edward George, George A., Alanson, Alanson, Abner, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a hospital worker and music lover, died Jan. 16, 2016, in San Diego, San Diego County, Calif. He was born July 26, 1979, in Stockton, San Joaquin County, Calif., the son of Gary and Patty K. (Wickham) Parmele, and lived most of his life in the Contra Costa County cities of Antioch and Walnut Creek before moving to San Diego seven years ago. After graduating from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, Ken worked as a sterile technician at Kaiser Permanente. He had a lifelong love of music, particularly heavy metal, and for a time was the manager for a local band, Aliplast. While battling and surviving cancer at the age of 18, Ken got a backstage pass to meet one of his favorite bands, Metallica. He also enjoyed the fishing, camping and spending time with his friends, including Steve Bodden and Curtis Hummel. Ken is survived by mother and stepfather Patty and Oswald Siegmund, father Gary, sister Stacy Martin, stepbrother Karl Siegmund, and a nephew and niece. Burial was at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, San Joaquin County, Calif.

LUCILLE M. (CAPELLE) PARMELEE 1923-2016

Lucille, widow of Richard Parmelee [Forest Dale, Frederick Luman, James Edwin, Luman H., --?--], died peacefully at her home in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich., on Jan. 30, 2016, after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 11, 1923, the daughter of Herman and Cecile (Berquist) Capelle. Lucille lived in Battle Creek her entire life. She and Richard were married July 31, 1949; he preceded her in death in 1986. Lucille was employed by the Kellogg Co. for 13 years, and also worked part time for Cricket Publishing, Robinson's Department Store, and Herpelsheimer's. She spent her retirement years caring for her grandchildren and volunteering for her church, the Seventh Day Adventist Tabernacle. She is survived by daughter Cheryle Moberley, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek. Memorial contributions be made to the Battle Creek Academy in lieu of flowers.

2015

CLARABETH 'CEBE' (PARMELEE) PETERSON 1925-2015

Cebe [Paul Ross, Oliver Ellsworth, William Henry, George Edward, Oliver, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], of Canaan, Litchfield County, Conn.., and formerly of New York City, died Dec. 3, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., on Jan. 7, 1925, the daughter of Paul and Marian Elizabeth (Prince) Parmelee. Her husband, Charles Gordon Peterson, died in June, 2010. Cebe graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Boone County, Mo., and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to train to be an occupational therapist. While a student in New York, she lived at International House where her love of diverse peoples and their cultures was awakened. She took up weaving, and traveled extensively. Cebe also treasured summers at a log cabin built by her father at Sunset Lake in New Jersey. She is survived by son Christopher of Norfolk, Litchfield County, Conn.; daughters Pamela of New York City, and Wendy Faxon of Falmouth, Barnstable County, Mass.; and two grandchildren. Cebe was predeceased by brothers George and Charles, and sister Marjorie (Parmelee) Pepitone. Arrangements were handled by Montano-Shea of Winsted, Conn. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Lighthouse Guild, Attn.: Development Department, 15 W. 65th St., New York, NY 10023.

HILDA L. (CLARK) PARMLEY 1915-2015

Hilda, widow of Edward T. Parmley [Ernest, James, --?--], died Nov. 26, 2015, at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Facility in Penn Yan, Yates County, N.Y., at the age of 100. She was born Oct. 22, 1915, in Venice, Cayuga County, N.Y., the daughter of Bert and Lucy (Green) Clark, and resided in Cayuga County for most of her life. She and Edward operated a family farm in earlier years. Hilda afterward owned and operated the former Triangle Restaurant in King Ferry, Cayuga County, N.Y., from 1960-85. She was a former member of the Venice Baptist Church, and enjoyed paper-hanging and crocheting. Among her survivors are son Dale C. Parmley of Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y.; daughters Donna L. Marshall of Penn Yan, and Vivian Geiger of Lansing, Tomkins County, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by daughter Shirley Marshall and brother Ivan Clark. Burial was at East Venice Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Shurtleff Funeral Home of Genoa. Donations may be made to the United Church of Genoa.

JEAN M. (PETERSON) PARMELEE 1925-2015

Jean, a resident of Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Mich., and widow of David Freeland Parmelee [Gale Freeland, Freeland "Fred" E., Nathaniel Blanchard, John Orcutt, Hezekiah, Simeon, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], died Nov. 25, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in Florence, Florence County, Wis. She was born Feb. 10, 1925, in Kingsford, Dickinson County, Mich., the daughter of John and Lillie Peterson. Jean graduated from Kingsford High School and attended Dundon's Actual Business College in Iron Mountain and the University of Kansas at Emporia. She and David were married Dec. 4, 1943, in Norman, Cleveland County, Okla. His career as a professor and passion for ornithology gave them the opportunity to live in many places, including the University of Kansas, University of Minnesota, and Las Vegas. They enjoyed traveling to the Arctic and North Pole, and Antarctica, as well as 30 countries. Among her survivors are daughter Helen Bruzzone of San Jose, Santa Clara County, Calif.; and sister Lois Derrick of Eagle River, Vilas County, Wis. She was preceded in death by sister Evelyn Lynch and brothers Kenneth and Marvin Peterson. Burial was at Cemetery Park. Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain was in charge of with the arrangements.

CHARLES K. PARMLEY 1922-2015

Charlie [Dexter. Jefferson, Giles, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Nov. 3, 2015, at the Jean Waddle Care Unit of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky. He was born Sept, 22, 1922, in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., to Dexter and Celia Elizabeth (Slagle) Parmley. Charlie served in the South Pacific during WWII aboard the Navy's USS LST-605 and USS Mifflin (APA-207). He and Patricia F. Rouse were married Dec. 30, 1950. In 1988, he retired from the defense division of Brunswick Corp. (now General Dynamics) in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb., where he worked as a quality control engineer on projects related to aerospace and defense. He and his wife then returned to Kentucky where he enjoyed many hours in his woodworking shop. In addition to his widow, he is survived by daughter Christina Briggs of Charlotte, Eaton County, Mich.; son Charles Jr. of Elkhorn, Douglas County, Neb.; grandsons Ashton, Preston and Colton Parmley, all of Elkhorn; and sister Maysie Weaver of Nancy, Pulaski County, Ky. Charlie was preceded in death by brother Hershel "Odie" and sisters Stella Parmley, Ella Mae Risner and Marge Gahimer. The Somerset Undertaking Co. and Crematory in Somerset was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy.

WILLIAM J. PARMELEE 1928-2015

William [William J., William W., Owen J., Jehiel Nettleton, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a retired educator, died Oct. 27, 2015. He was born Nov. 17, 1928, son William J. and Rose (Allard) Parmelee, in Derby, New Haven County, Conn. William was a teacher and principal for the Oxford Central School and Woodbury Middle School. He was a member of the U.S. Army, stationed in Japan after World War II, and the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing and traveling. In addition to his wife of 62 years, Margaret "Peggy," he is survived by son William III of Renton, King County, Wash.; grandsons William IV and Taylor, both of Kansas. He was predeceased by brother Robert. Services were private. The Ralph Hull Funeral Home of Seymour was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Athena Hospice and Homecare, 112 Washington Ave., North Haven 06473.

SHARON LEE (BUSSINGER) PARMELEE 1944-2015

Sherry, a resident of Palmetto, Manatee County, Fla., and wife of Douglas Richard Parmelee [Stuart Leslie, Harold Burton, Burton Munroy, Munroy D., Harvey Harry, Asaph, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], died Sept. 22, 2015, at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Manatee County, Fla. She was born Dec. 15, 1944, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Robert Lee Bussinger Jr. and Eileen Patricia Verna, and stepfather Luigi J. Verna. She and Douglas were married for 52 years. Sherry was a former employee of the Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools and retired from the Manatee County (Fla.) School System in 2007. She was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary, Libertytown (Md.) Fire Department, and was an honorably discharged veteran from the Air Force. Sherry enjoyed crafts, crocheting, painting, cooking, spending time at the beach, cruising, and spending time with her family. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son David of Libertytown, Frederick County, Md.; daughters April L. Welsh of Libertytown, and Susan M. Llewellyn of Thurmont, Frederick County, Md.; six grandchildren; brother Nick; and sisters Cindy and Jeannie. Burial was in the Garden of Veterans II at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick. Donations may be made in care of Douglas Parmelee, at 229 SW 43rd St., Cape Coral, FL 33914, for her grandchildren's continuing education.

MARK PARMLEY 1962-2015

Mark [Oliver, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong resident of Wayne County, Ky., died July 29, 2015. He was born Aug. 23, 1962, the son of Oliver and Lyda (Stringer) Parmley. He married Carol (Bertram) who survives as do daughter Rebecca Parmley, three brothers and three sisters. He was preceded in death by son Brandon, and brothers Rex, Eric and Larry. Burial was in the Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. The family requested that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Mark Parmley Memorial Fund. The Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

ADELA (KRUGER) PARMELEE 1929-2015

Adela, widow of James "Lou" Lewis Parmelee [James Thompson, Cornelius C., Timothy Judson, Lyman, Amos, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a 60-year resident of Bethlehem, Litchfield County, Conn., died July 19, 2015, at Middlebury Convalescent Home in Middlebury, New Haven, Conn. Adela was born Jan. 16, 1929, in New York City, the daughter of Daniel and Ella Kruger, and grew up in Krumville, Ulster County, N.Y. Adela was a nurse before she married. She enjoyed country living, was an avid gardener and enjoyed bird-watching and crossword puzzles. While her children were in school, she was involved with the PTO and was the 4-H leader of the Golden Threads. She and Lou were members of various antique car clubs, the last being the Connecticut Crankin' Yanks. Adela is survived by a Robert Parmelee of Bethlehem, Litchfield County, Conn.; daughters Jamie Norris of Palm Coast, Flagler County, Fla., and Joan Arnold of Naugatuck, New Haven County, Conn.; sister Hilda Westcott of Florida; brother George Kruger of New York; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by brothers William and Walter Kruger. Burial was at Bethlehem's Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Ambulance Assn., P.O. Box 401, Bethlehem CT 06751.

JANINE (NICHOLS) PARMELEE 1960-2015

Janine, wife of Luther "Luke" Hart Parmelee IV [Luther Hart, Frank Hart, Luther Hart, Elisha, Theodore, Abraham, Abraham, Isaac, John, John], died June 17, 2015, at her home in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. She was born March 20, 1960, the daughter of Frank and Betsy (Moakley) Nichols, in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. In addition to her husband of 29 years, she is survived by son Luther "Luke" Hart Parmelee V; and siblings Dori Hosey, Arme Hill, Camilla Irvin, Frank Nichols and Heather Brock. The Schoedinger Worthington Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Union Cemetery.

MYRTIE G. PARMLEY 1920-2015

Myrtie [Lewis Bennie, Martin O.*], a homemaker and resident of Burkesville, Cumberland County, Ky., died May 11, 2015, at Cumberland County Hospital. Myrtie was born March 7, 1920, in Cumberland County, the daughter Garfield and Lovie (Elliott) Parmley. She was a member of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Her survivors include daughters Ochia Anders and Sheryl Parmley both of Burkesville, and Venetta Parmley of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky.; son Weldon Parmley of Burkesville; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Burkesville Cemetery. The Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home of Burkesville was in charge of arrangements.

* In the 1870 census, Martin was a black 12-year-old domestic living with the white Lewis Parmley family [Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John].

RICHARD W. PARMELEE 1938-2015

Richard [Wellington B., Winfield Scott, Wellington L., Lorenzo Asahel, Asahel, Asahel, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died May 7, 2015, in Guilford, New Haven County, Conn. He worked for 35 years for the Southern New England Telephone Co. in the central office on the frame. He was born April 6, 1938, to Wellington and Florence D. (Anderson) Parmelee. Richard grew up in the home of his uncle and aunt, Albert and Helen (Thomas) Anderson, after his mother's death. He loved boating, trains, NASCAR and UConn women’s basketball. Richard was preceded in death by sisters Barbara Meyer, Eleanor Rossiter, Jacquelyn Linsley and Florence Naas. He is survived by Susan Breese, Candace Simons, Edward Armour and Daniel Simons, all of Guilford; Gregory Linsley and Rob Rossiter of Branford, New Haven County, Conn.; and Milton Rossiter of Orange, New Haven, Conn. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

PHYLLIS MAY (BEGELL) PARMLEY 1920-2015

Phyllis, widow of Thomas Clay Parmley [James Alfred, James Clay, William Irvin, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died April 28, 2015. She was born Aug. 21, 1920, the oldest child of Richard Begell and Anna (Carstens) Begell in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. On a bus trip from Ohio to California, Phyllis met a returning World War II soldier named Thomas Parmley. After a five-month long-distance courtship, they were married in February 1948 and spent the next 56 years together. During Tom's 26 years in the U.S. Army, they moved almost every year from one post to another while raising eight children. The family also spent eight years in Europe and visited many countries there. When Tom retired in 1970 in Arizona, Phyllis finally got to settle down into a home of her own in Sierra Vista, Cochise County, where the couple spent their remaining years. As their children left the nest, Phyllis began work on her other family -- her ancestors. Phyllis helped found the Apache Genealogical Society, was a family history teacher, and located thousands of relatives. After 20 years of research she published a book in 1988 about her family, "LaBar Patchworks." Phyllis cared for her mother the last years of life, then later did the same for her husband. Phyllis also was preceded in death by her twin, Louise Begell; brother Richard Begell; and daughter Nelva Melochick. She is survived by sons Joseph, Vernon, Howard, Grantland, and twins Matthew and Benjamin; daughter Martha Fenn; 28 grandchildren; more than 30 great-grandchildren; and brother Richard Begell. Burial was at Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.. Arrangements were handled by Hatfield Funeral Home.

STANLEY EDWARD PARMLEY 1953-2015

Stanley [Celia Agnes Overstreet, Lewis Bennie, Martin O.*], a U.S. Army veteran and resident of Burkesville, Cumberland County, Ky., died March 8, 2015, at Cumberland County Hospital. He was born March 15, 1953, in Cumberland County, the son of Elmore Rowe and Celia Parmley. His survivors include daughter Jammie Gray of Burkesville; stepdaughter Rachel Pace of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind.; brothers Marce and David Parmley, both of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky.; sisters Hazel Parmley of Louisville, and Margenia Hatfield of Indianapolis; half-brother Farmer Rowe of Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky.; and half-sisters Barbara Anders, Edna Jewell Rowe, and Lou Ella Parrish, all of Burkesville. He was preceded in death by brothers Jimmie, C.W. and Al Preston Parmley; half-brothers Mann, Will and John Rowe; sisters Rosalyn and Celia Mae Parmley; half-sisters Julia Jones, Minnie Carey, Annie Lee Alexander and Sarah Duncan; and special friend Linda Pace. Burial was at Beech Grove Cemetery in Waterview, Cumberland County, Ky. The Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

* In the 1870 census, Martin was a black 12-year-old domestic living with the white Lewis Parmley family [Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John].

WILMA (REYNOLDS) PARMLEY 1943-2015

Wilma, wife of Andrew Parmley [Roscoe Samuel, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., died Feb. 15, 2015, at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. She was born June 14, 1943, in Monticello, the daughter of Narvel Allen and Dosha (Morrow) Reynolds. In addition to her husband of 51 years, she is survived by sons Stewart of Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., and Jeff and Ross of Monticello; daughters Winona Griggs, and Hazel and Caitlin Parmley, all of Monticello; brothers Glenn of Rushville, Rush County, Ind., Lucian of Nancy, Pulaski County, Ky., and Don of Monticello; sisters Ina Ruth Gosney of Shelbyville, Shelby County, Ind., and Radie Pendleton of Monticello; 12 grandchildren including Jacob, Aaron, Chelsea, Isaiah, Blake, Kyra, and Mylee Parmley; four great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by siblings Pearlie Logston, Owen Reynolds, Winnie Shepherd, Velma Smith, and twins Lester “Tom” and Willis Reynolds; and a granddaughter. Burial was at Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. The Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in Monticello was in charge of arrangements.

FLOYD COLLINS PARMLEY 1928-2015

Floyd [Laddon, James, Robert, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a man of many careers, died Feb. 5, 2015, at Parkland Health Center in Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Mo.. He was born Feb. 14, 1928, in Potosi, Washington County, Mo., the son of Ladden and Laura (Morgan) Parmley. Floyd grew up in Potosi and St. Louis, and lived in Farmington, St. Francois County, Mo. He worked for a lighting company in St. Louis; as a city maintenance worker in DeSoto, Jefferson County, Mo.; as a highway worker for the Washington County Highway Department; and as a groundskeeper for the North County School District. His true passion was preaching the word of God in brush arbors and tent revivals; he also loved to play the guitar and sing gospel music. In his spare time Floyd enjoyed watching his grandchildren play ball, barbecuing burgers and going to hot dog roasts. Survivors include sons David, Danny, Dennis and Steve; grandchildren Derek, Shawna, Kelsi, Dyllon, Alexis and Nathaniel; great-granddaughter Cheyenne; sister Grace Green; and brother Luther. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret "Kathleen" (Holmes) Parmley; brothers James, Raymond and Robert; and sisters Elizabeth Bunch, Mary Wright, Bertha Patterson and Barbara Koskecki. Floyd's son David officiated at the memorial service; burial followed at Libertyville Christian Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Camelot Nursing and Rehab Activity Christmas Fund.

BETTY JANE PARMELEE 1921-2015

Betty, widow of Roy E. Parmelee [Clarence George, Willis E., Perry Lewis, Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died Jan. 24, 2015. She was born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., on Oct. 9, 1921. She and Roy met in Washington, D.C., and were married in 1947. He was in the Navy for 20 years and died in 1983. They retired in Silver Lakes, San Bernardino County, Calif., and were among the first property owners. Parmelee Field was named in honor of Roy. Betty is survived by daughter-in-law Simone Meeker and her husband Tobias, and their son Matthew from Silver Lakes; nieces Carol Smith and Louise Sanzenbacher; sister Carol "Peggy" Baker and her sons Michael and William Baker. Many thanks to her friend Bruce Lamson who cared for her during her long Illness. Betty was also preceded in death by son Clifford.

JUDITH ANN (PARMELEE) TAPSCOTT 1938-2015

Judy [Clifford "Franklin" Franklin, Henry "Frank" Franklin, James Cooke, Rufus H., Henry K., Henry, Samuel, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], widow of Harold "Bill" Tapscott, died Jan. 7, 2015, at her home in Geneva, Ontario County, N.Y. She was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Geneva, the daughter of Clifford and Margaret (Carney) Parmelee. She and Bill were married on Jan. 28, 1957, and together they raised five children. Judy's fondest times were shopping, yard-sale and dining-out excursions with her sister-in-law and best friend, Beverly Edwards. She is survived by sons Bill, Tim and Rob Tapscott; daughters Debbie Carlson and Trisha Lyons; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother Gary Parmelee of Florida. In addition to husband, she was predeceased by brothers Clifford "Bud," Earl and Gail Parmelee; and sister Margaret Marino. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery. The McGuigan & Bero Funeral Home in Geneva was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Thrive to Survive, a nonprofit that provides support to adults in Geneva who are fighting cancer, PO Box 1146, Geneva, N.Y. 14456, or to Ontario-Yates Hospice.

WINIFRED (LeCLAIR) PARMELEE 1936-2015

 

Winifred, retired cafeteria manager at Haddam Killingworth High School and widow of Waldo Eugene [George Waldo, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 7, 2015, at Middlesex Health Care, Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn. She was born Feb. 17, 1936, in Nichols, Fairfield County, Conn., the daughter of William and Ruth (Perkins) LeClair. Winifred, who lived in Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., was member of the Polish Falcons. She is survived by sons Waldo Jr. and Jonathan, both of Higganum, Middlesex County, Conn., and Michael, Wayne and Donald, all of Haddam; brother Raymond of Old Lyme, New London County, Conn.; sisters Shirley Monte of Deep River, Middlesex County, Conn. and Frances Woitysiak of Texas; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Wayne and William. Memorial contributions may be made to the Haddam Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 194, Higganum, CT 06441, or the Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 48, Higganum, CT 06441.

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