Robert "Bob" Parsons, 83, a 58-year Royal Oak resident, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007. He was born Millville, N.J. Mr. Parsons retired after 32 years as an office manager for Grand Trunk Railroad. He served as a cook in the U.S. Navy during World War II, spending time on a submarine and on Okinawa. He also served as a Navy office clerk during the Korean War. Following his service, Mr. Parsons served for many years as an officer at the Royal Oak American Legion Frank Wendland Post 253, and was a member of the Royal Oak Veterans of Foreign Wars Acorn Post. He spent many years as a volunteer with disabled children at Mark Twain Elementary School in Royal Oak, and also served the city as the election supervisor at the school. He was a caring, loving, wonderful husband and father. He always was concerned about his children's and grandchildren's welfare; he would help them with anything and was always willing to listen. Everyone who met Bob liked him. He had many friends, and was a good friend to them. Mr. Parsons was predeceased by his wife, Georgia Parsons; daughter, Pam Kennedy; and siblings, Walt, Allen and Gertrude. Mr. Parsons was the cherished father of Patricia Carr (Jerry Pocius) and Debbie Sullivan; devoted grandfather to Robert (Cori) Carr, Jeremy (Evelyn) Socia, Holly (David) Garrison, David Mascarin, William Kennedy and Angela Haas; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation, 2:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Price Funeral Home, 3725 Rochester Road, Troy; viewing, 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home followed by funeral services at noon; memorial donations to the Frank Wendland Post 253, 1505 N. Main, Royal Oak, MI 48067.
Published in The Daily Tribune on July 13, 2007.
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