Richard A. “Dick” Parsons, 90, Hays, was reunited in Heaven with many loved ones on Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Richard was born August 26, 1928 in Cheney, Kansas to Rollo Ray and Ada Estelle (Calkins) Parsons. He was the youngest of nine children; Veral, Elton, JoAnn, Almira, Wayne, Galen, Dorothea, and Myraline. In 1946 he graduated from Cheney High School. Richard served in the United States Army from 1950-1952 as a tank commander in the Korean War. On October 10, 1953 he was united in marriage to Barbara Ann “Bobbi” Myers in Wichita. She preceded him in death on December 31, 2018. They were blessed with three girls; Karen, Pamela, and Jennifer.
Richard graduated from a court reporting school in Topeka, Kansas in 1958, passed a state test, and was employed in Topeka for a few years as a court reporter. He moved his family to Hays in 1964 and became the one and only Official Court Reporter for the 23rd Judicial District in the State of Kansas between the years of 1965 and 1994. He also owned his own free-lance firm for taking private depositions. Richard was an avid reader, volunteered at the Community Assistance Center, and delivered food to local shelters.
Richard moved to Cedar View in 2015, where he was taken care of lovingly by his eldest daughter, Karen.
Survivors include his three daughters; Karen Allen and husband Stan of Hays, Pamela Brady and husband Pat of Tomball, TX, and Jennifer Kruger and husband Kelly of Thornton, CO, a brother; Wayne Parsons and wife Flo of Pratt, a sister; Almira Zimmerman of Oklahoma, seven grandchildren; Alyson, Rebecca, Brenna, Jessica, Jordan, Kelsey, and Luke, and five great-grandchildren; Xavier, Chloe, Ellis, Tessa, and Jack.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Veral, Elton, and Galen Parsons, and three sisters; JoAnn Compton, Dorothea Collumber, and Myraline Slusser.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Hays Memorial Chapel, 1906 Pine Street, with Pastor Brant Rice officiating. Military Honors will follow by the Hays VFW Post 9076 Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 on Friday and from 10:00 am until service time on Saturday, all at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at a later date in Pioneer Cemetery, Cheney, KS. Memorials are suggested to CASA of the High Plains, the Community Assistance Center, or Hospice of HaysMed. Condolences and memories of Richard may be shared with the family at www.haysmemorial.com