Wayne R. Parsons

Wayne R. Parsons, 93, of rural Richland, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Keokuk County Hospital in Sigourney.


He was born in Jefferson County to Russell Otto and Mildred Wheeler Parsons. Wayne attended country school near Richland and graduated from Richland High School in 1943. He married Iola R. Lock at the Woolson Friends Church on August 10, 1947 and she died March 12, 2017. Wayne lived on their farm south of Richland for over 67 years and farmed all of his life. He was an active member of Woolson Friends Church, serving on multiple committees, was a 4-H leader, past president of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, served on Jefferson County Conservation Board, Charter member and past president of the Richland Lions Club and member of Gideon's International.


Wayne is survived by two daughters: Rita Eastman (Dennis) of Packwood, and Mary Beth Porch (Ron) of Bradenton, Fla.; one son, Tim (Nancy) of Richland; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Lelia Marie Evans of Ottumwa; and special friends, Jan and Juli Hisel. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and grandson, James Franklin Eastman.


Visitation will be Friday, June 15, 2018, 6-8 p.m. at the Woolson Friends Church Fellowship Hall. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the church with Rev. Kevin Rohr and Rev. Harlan Van Voorst officiating. Burial will be at the Blue Point Cemetery followed by a dinner at the church. Memorials to the Woolson Friends Church or Gideon's International, Sigourney Camp may be left at the church or mailed to the family at: 1128 Ivy Avenue, Richland, IA 52585. Gould Funeral Home of Richland is assisting the family.

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