Parsons Donald C. Parsons, 87, of Richwood, passed into the loving arms of God on February 19, 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 preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Marjorie K (Hemry) Parsons, 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; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and good friends. Don graduated Valedictorian from Pennsville High School in 1943. In 1944-1946 he proudly served our country in the 1st and 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 and 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 4-7 p.m. Thursday, February 21 at STOFCHECK-BALLINGER FUNERAL HOME, Richwood. 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. Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 20, 2013