Parsons, Richard H., Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away February 3, 2011, in Alma at the age of 92 years. Richard H. Parsons was born on May 28, 1918 to John H. and Gladys M. Parsons. On July 20, 1940, he married Roberta A. Cowdrey, who passed away on their 53rd Wedding Anniversary, July 20, 1993. On March 5, 1994, he married Pauline R (Taylor) Weide. She survives him. Mr. Parsons served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an Armed Guard Commander in the Pacific. He was retired from Saginaw Steering Gear Div., General Motors as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer. He worshipped and served God as a member of St. John Lutheran Church, 2nd and Federal Streets in Saginaw, where through the years he served on the church council and as an usher. Mr. Parsons was a member of Pontiac Lodge #21, F&AM; a Past High Priest of Saginaw Valley Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; a member of Saginaw Council #20, Royal & Select Masters; a life member of St. Bernard Commandery, Knights Templar; Bay City Consistory; Elf Khurefeh Shrine; York Rite College; a life member and Past Patron of Martha Washington Chapter, Order of the Easter Star; a member of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Besides his wife, Mr. Parsons is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and John Tews, Wisconsin; and Rev. Kathleen and Mike Basner, Saginaw; also a daughter-in-law, Anne Kelleher Parsons Meade (Tom), who was married to son, Robert, who passed away in 1994. Mr. Parsons is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; one sister, Grace Combellic, Ohio. Another sister, Muriel Crossman, predeceased him. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at St. John Lutheran Church, 2nd and Federal Streets. Rev. Paulette Cummings will officiate. Private burial will take place later at Ottawa Park Cemetery, Waterford Twp., Oakland County, MI. His family will receive friends at the W.L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, where the St. Bernard Commandery will conduct a memorial service at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Friends and family may then call at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. John Lutheran Church.