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Donald C. Parsons
Donald C. ParsonsEasternStarDonald C. Parsons, 87 of Richwood, passed into the loving arms of God on February 19th, 2013 after a short battle with lung cancer.  He was born to the late Daniel C Parsons and Coral M (Coulter) Parsons on December 23, 1925 in Pennsville, Ohio.  Don was proceeded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years,  Marjorie K (Hemry) Parsons, and sister, Clarice Archer and a foster daughter Judy Schellenberg.  Survived by his daughter, Jean A (Craig) Hoffman of Westerville, grandchildren, Stephen (Jenna), Chase and Kate Hoffman, Jan Belcher and John Eaches, 3 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews & good friends.

Don graduated Valedictorian from Pennsville High School in 1943.  In 1944-1946 he proudly served our country in the 1st & 2nd Marine Divisions during WWII.  Don received his BS and Masters in Education from Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  Don began his 30 year teaching career in Marysville & Milford Center School Districts and finished in Richwood/North Union School District where he was a teacher, principal, coach and guidance counselor.  Don was employed by Union County Human Services from 1979 – 1991.  

He was a member of the Richwood United Methodist Church, OEA, NEA, American Legion Post 40, VFW Post 870, Mt. Carmel #303 Free and Accepted Masons, Mary Chapter 9 Order of the Eastern Star, Aladdin Shrine, Forty and Eight, and was named Senior Citizen of the Year for the State of Ohio.  Don also served as Mayor of Richwood for several terms.  

The Hoffman family would like to express their gratitude to Paulette Hendricks, Coral Allwein, the wonderful caregivers at The Inn at Olentangy Trail and Heartland Hospice.

Friends may call from 4 pm to 7 pm Thursday, February 21 at Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood where an Eastern Star service will be conducted by Mary Chapter 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Celebration of Life will be held Friday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with David M Redding officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 10086, Toledo, OH  43699-0086, or Union County Humane Society, 16540 County Home Road, Marysville, OH 43040 in Don’s memory.

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#1 from: Jo Ann
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM

U.Don was one of my most cherished people.  He was just the best and will live in my heart and thoughts forever. We all loved you so much, Go with God, U. Don, I love you very, very much.  Your niece Jo Ann

#2 from: Suzanne Patterson
29 Edgewood Drive, Richwood
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

On behalf of the Richwood Civic Center Kitchen Band,we will all miss you Don.
We traveled together, we entertained a lot of people and had a lot of fun doing it. Don's great love of music was infectious. He would add verses, sing songs over again and share his love of music with us all. He glayed a kazoo made to look like a clarinet and sang and sang and sang. Don contributed so much joy at the Civic Center, when he played D.J. and along with Marge shared those special themed programs to teach us all about the history of music.
To the family we send our love and prayers and hope that your memories will linger long. Play on Don!

#3 from: Ruthie and Greg McCloud
Boca Raton, FL
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

We are so sorry for you loss.  What a sweet sweet person he was.  We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.   Greg and Ruthie McCloud

#4 from: Becky Meyer
Bellefontaine OH
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I will really miss Don he was such a gentelman.

#5 from: Charles & Peggy Hall
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

We really enjoyed Don whenever we were together.  He was so fun loving and joked with each one of  us in OES.  He will be missed.

#6 from: Ben Laird
Magnetic Spring,Ohio
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 6:35 PM

What a great Man, a True Educater

#7 from: Gail DeGood-Guy and Tom Guy
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Don was my elementary principal in the 1960's.  Then, he and his wife were my patrons every Friday evening at the Marion "Brown House". They always asked for me as their waitress.   Then, I joined the Air Force and both Mr. & Mrs. Parsons made sure they saw me when I came home on leave.  Don always wanted to be a part of the VFW/AL services for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and fellow Veteran funerals.   His fellow comrades will miss him.

#8 from: johna nibert
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 6:52 PM

So sorry to hear of Don's death.He was such a great person to everyone he met. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. He was my Worthy Patron in Eastern Star. We will keep you  in our thoughts and prayers.
      Bill and Johna Nibert

#9 from: Larry and Jan Dunn
Marysville, Oh & Leesburg, FL
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Our Sympathy to all of Don's families.  We have good memories of the times we went to hear Jazz music and dance a little.  They were a special couple and will long be remembered.

#10 from: Joann A Brown
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Don will be missed and his memory will live in my heart.  He was a great man who loved his music.  

#11 from: Jody Marshall Cullman
Marysville, OH
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Jeanie and Family~ You are in my thoughts and prayers.  I loved your Dad and have many great memories of him not only from school, but when I came to play at your home when we all lived on George Street.  I loved when he was a DJ at our dances, too.  May you find peace and comfort that he is in heaven singing like an angel!  Much love to you all.

#12 from: Carolyn Henderson
Green Camp Township
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Can you imagine the celebration going on in Heaven as Marge welcomes her beloved Don? The love they showed each other, the respect, their funniness and jokes showed all that knew them what true love should be.
Mr Parsons was a wonderful person

#13 from: Leslie Hagenlocker Willis
Greenbrier, AR 72058
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Was sorry to hear of the passing of Don.  My family moved from Ohio to Arkansas in 1970.  But I still remember the Parsons as being our good neighbors on George Street.  Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this trying time.  May God Bless you.

#14 from: Steve Waltz
362 Gosfield Gate Rd., Westerville, Oh 43081
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

I didn't know Donald as well as some of you, but from what I did know, he was a great guy. You have my sympathy, but I know we will see him again some day.

Love, Steve

#15 from: kathie pfister
United States
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

so sorry to hear about Don. He was my teacher in 7th grade and he was a great teacher. He will be missed

#16 from: kay walters
United States
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Don was an Awesome man. Prayers to the family

#17 from: Jerry and Peg Gray Weaver
Ruskin, Florida
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

We are sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by all who knew him.

#18 from: Lynn Benjamin Holmquist
El Paso Texas
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM

My great Uncle Donald was by far an amazing man !!! He will be missed by many especially family that was able to spend time with and take care of him these last few months. I am glad I had the pleasure of knowing and loving my Great Uncle !!! May he rest in peace. God Bless !!!

#19 from: Annette Beachy
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

We are sorry for your loss.  He was truly a remarkable man. We know he is dancing and singing now! The Max & Marian Cowgill Family

#20 from: Harry Marvin
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Don and Marge changed my life for the better when was asked into their home when I was in Junior High. Don’s character teachings have been with me every since.
Jean, I thought of Don as a father figure and I know the hurt you feel. I can only pray  that God and family proved some comfort that he can see Marge again and is at peace.

#21 from: Donald Hemry
N.FT.Myers Florida
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Don was married to my oldest cousin,a marriage made in heaven.A poor country boy who made a huge impact on so many lives that he touched.Don
you will be so missed by your family and friends.But your greatness will always be remembered.Marge is waiting.May God Bless You.Don Hemry N.FT.Myers Florida  

#22 from: Bob & Connie Hill
Brentwood, TN  37027
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

What a wonderful man.  He will be so missed by the community, his family, friends and his many, many pupils. He made a difference. Our hearts go out to his family.

Sincerely, Bob & Connie Hill

#23 from: Linda Chapman Ludwig
Richwood, Oh
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

  What a wonderful man. The best principal we ever had at the elementary. He loved all of us and it showed. He will be missed by many. May God be with his family during this difficult time.

#24 from: Virg  & Jani Rankin
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Don was one of the best from a great generation. He served his country his entire life and passed on his character and knowledge to future generations. He was my first and best Principal and a great neighbor. With his constant optimism,  love of music and that fabulous sense of humor, he made a perfect role model. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family..  

#25 from: samantha hendricks-fox
marysville, ohio
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Don has been a family friend for over 30 years. I have always enjoyed his sense of wisdom, understanding, and most of all his humor. We all love you Don.

#26 from: Angela (Davis) Phipps
Mt Victory
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

What a guy had your mom for a teacher in jr high and then your dad was counselor but, a true gentleman he was one of the few that actually sit and listened to a kid and I admired him for that not just at school but, when he and your mom saw you they would always talk...I am glad I can say I new your dad

#27 from: carol lookabaugh-pitts
calgary alberta canada
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:21 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Don's friends and family, many of whom are my real family.........wish i could be there with all of you in this difficult time. Don was always so sweet to me and Montana everytime we saw him. Prayers for all of you. God Bless.

#28 from: Jim and Sandra Christy
Piqua, Ohio
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Although words offer small comfort, we send our thoughts and prayers. \r
Jim and Sandra Christy\r
Mary Florence Blue

#29 from: Franklin Powers
Caldwell, Ohio 43724
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

To the Family of Don Parsons,  Don was my favorite teacher in Junior High School and a very good coach.  We talked numerous times during the OEA conventions that both of us attended.  He was a fine man and a great teacher. He will be missed by many people.                      Sincerely,
                      Franklin Powers

#30 from: Leanna Cereoli
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

We love you Don.You and your Margie K  are surely catching up!!!
Leanna and Family

#31 from: Mike & April Yates
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM

So sorry to hear of Don's passing he was a wonderful man . I enjoyed visiting with him . Prayers to his whole family !

#32 from: Marguerite Loomis and family
Roseville, Ohio
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Jean and family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

With sympathy,
Marguerite, Cathy, Mark, Jon, Jan. and Greg

#33 from: Tom & Connie Dixon
Westerville, Ohio
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Jean, So sorry about your Dad, even though we only met him a few times we thought he was a great guy. We know how very much you loved him and he a peace.
Wish we could be there for you
Tom & Connie

#34 from: Cheryl Cooley
Marysville, Ohio
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Don was my first principal and my favorite principal in my long career at North Union.  As a brand new teacher, I was so inexperienced and struggling to learn how to effectively educate children.  In those days, we weren't as well prepared for actual classroom instruction as young teachers are today.  I have often thought how grateful I am that Mr. Parsons must have seen potential in this new teacher that he would recommend me for contract renewal.  He was a nurturing, inspiring, and dedicated professional who helped to form the teacher I became.  Thank you, Mr. Parsons, for getting me off to a good start as an educator!  My thoughts and prayers are offered to your loving family in this time of challenging loss.  Cheryl Cooley        

#35 from: Don & Brenda Morris
Westerville, Ohio
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 3:13 PM

We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. We will be thinking you and your family during this very difficult time.

#36 from: Peg & Gene Wiley
! Edgewood Dr, Richwood
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Sorry for your loss, We were unable to be at the visation hours, but you were in our thoughts & prayers.Don (& Marge) were 2 great people.

#37 from: Don and Vonnie Wasserbeck
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Don touched so many lives and I don't think I ever saw him have a bad day. Visited him just before Christmas. Loved that guy. RIP Don.

#38 from: Gina Carey Greig
St. Louis, MO
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

To the Parsons family,
We are so sorry for the loss of Don. Mom enjoyed working with him so much during her career with the NU school district and I cherished his helpful guidence in my earlier days at NU. He will be sadly missed by everyone.
Myron & Mary Carey,Doug Carey, Gina Carey Greig and Sandra Carey Oaks

#39 from: Norma Johnson Ormeroid
Lk. Panasoffkee, Fl.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 11:38 PM

 Have many fond memories of Don. Was my teacher in Marysville, Ohio many yrs ago......
My condolences....

#40 from: Barbara Cronin
Bradenton, FL
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Jeannie and family,
I know you will miss your Daddy.  There will be many, many of us missing him.
I will miss his frequent phone calls so full of optimisn and fun stories and of course an Irish melody every so often.
It does my heart good to think that he is in Heaven with his beloved Margie and I am sure having a grand time with my Patrick.  As he told me the last time we talked, I have no regrets.  I've lived a great life and all is right with the world!
So we can't be sad because we know that NOW all is right with his world.

#41 from: Reddy Brown
Richwood Ohio
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I send condolence to Don's family.  Don was so important in his role modeling.  As a young man 30 years ago, he put me on the right path.  I will miss him as a neighbor and wonderful person.  

#42 from: Paul Wood
McConnelsville, OH
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Dear Jean, I am deeply saddened to learn of The passing of my life-long and dear friend.  Don has spent a life long effort, with his great mind, making the world a better place. He will always be remembered by the positive influence he has had on so many.  It is hoped that to know the many friends he leaves deeply care and will bring comfort.

#43 from: Nancy Wiley
Richwood, Ohio
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

At the local bank where I am the drive thru teller, we have cookie Friday. I could always count on seeing Don that day.  You have my deepest sympathy.

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