Hortense "Sue" Parman
Vero Beach - Hortense "Sue" Douglas Parman of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2021. She was 98 years old.
Sue Parman was born November 8, 1922 in Onawa, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years, Henry "Hank" Oland Parman Jr., her parents Hugh and Edna Douglas, her sister Margret Douglas Stauch and her brother John Douglas. She is survived by her children Ann E. Parman of Macon, Georgia and Robert H. Parman of Orlando, Florida and her sister-in-law Nora Jean Webster of Vero Beach.
Sue spent her childhood in Onawa and Sioux City, Iowa. She began college at the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls and later transferred to the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. After her college graduation she served on staff support during Operation Sandstone tests on Kwajalein Atoll and Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Sue met her husband Hank on one of his squadron's transports returning from Kwajalein. Sue and Hank were married February 14, 1949 in Sioux City.
After their marriage, Sue and Hank resided in England and several U.S cities. Sue supported Hank as he continued his distinguished career in the United States Air force. Hank served as a command pilot and plane officer with positions at Strategic Air Command and Air Force Headquarters, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Following her husband's retirement, the Parmans moved permanently to Vero Beach where they have resided since 1967. Sue and Hank became active in real estate in Indian River County where they opened and operated The Gallery of Homes real estate offices and later Parman Realty Inc. in Vero Beach.
Sue loved her adopted hometown of Vero Beach, she and Hank could often be found playing tennis, dancing or entertaining throughout their active retirement. Sue enjoyed membership in The Johns Island Club, The Moorings Club, Riomar Bay Yacht Club, Vero Beach County Club and others. She was proud to have been part of a community that she and her husband both loved. Sue is deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
A private family service and internment with her loving husband will occur at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach.
An online guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhiome.com