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Richard J. Parsons


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Richard J. Parsons Obituary

HILLSDALE - Richard John "Rick" Parsons, 73, of Hillsdale, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born December 5, 1942 in Montreal, Canada to Richard and Bertha "Betty" (Arnold) Parsons. Rick married Barbara "Lynn" Bielby on March 3, 1979 and she survives.

Rick received his bachelors degree in design engineering from Sienna Heights and he was formerly employed as a design engineer for Chrysler. Rick was also a farmer and owner of a small boat repair shop. Rick served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army and he was an avid collector of classic cars.

In addition to his wife, Lynn, Rick is survived by a daughter, Jill (Mike) Peiffer of Osseo; two sons, Neil (Lissette Umpierre) Parsons of Rancho Palos Verdes, California and Charles (Amy) Parsons of Spokane, Washington; two grandchildren, Madilyn and Tanner Peiffer; sister, Doreen (Earl) McCaskill of Almonte, Canada and 3 nephews, Shawn (Laura) McCaskill of Southlake, TX, Scott (Heidi) McCaskill of Frederick, MD and Jimmy McCaskill of Yarmouth, ME

Rick was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Jennifer.

At Rick's request, cremation will take place and private family services will take place at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Greater Hillsdale Humane Society. Please visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com to leave online condolences.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Aug. 1, 2016
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