Richard “Dick” Allen Parsons, 86 of Myrtle Point passed away on November 4, 2017 surrounded by his family in Springfield, OR. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Dick was born September 9, 1931 in Kokomo, Indiana, to Rufus and Arline (Barlow) Parsons. Dick was the second child out of nine other siblings, in birth order Rufus, Richard, Mary Jo, Max, Lawrence, Jim, Walt, Patty, and Vicki.
In October 1949 Dick joined the Army driving trucks, construction, etc and returned home in December 1952.
In 1955 Dick met a waitress in Cottage Grove named Alyce M. Hartgrave. On March 4, 1956 Dick and Alyce were married in Cottage Grove. They had four children, Leo, Kevin, Teresa, and Karmen all born in Cottage Grove.
Dick worked in the meat industry many years in Drain, Eugene, Portland, Coquille, and Myrtle Point. In 1974 Dick moved his family to Coquille, working at Coquille Pack several years as a butcher, then in 1977 Dick and his wife Alyce opened Arago Custom Meats a family ran meat processing business. In 1982 Alyce ran the business with their son Leo, while Dick went to fall trees.
Dick traveled several states falling timber living in his fifth wheel, with his dog Hobo, and working along side with his brother Jim. Dick loved falling timber and being in the woods! The last trees Dick fell was at 79 years old in his grandsons yard!
Dick enjoyed fishing, reading, keeping busy, and helping to teach his grandsons about working hard, and spending time with family and friends. Dick was very proud of his kids, and grandkids. The great grandkids were his love and delight!
Dick is survived by his Children, Leo D. Parsons of Bend, Teresa M. Fjeld, and Karmen C. Albertson both of Coquille; Grandchildren, Joshuwa, Matthew, Michael, Dusty of Coquille, and Ty of Bend; Great Grandchildren, Chase 3, Whitney 4 ½, Karson 2 ½, and Aubrey 2 weeks old; Sisters Mary Jo, and Vicki both of Aberdeen, WA Patty of Coos Bay, and Brother, Mikal of Cottage Grove.
Proceeded in death are, his wife Alyce M. Parsons, second born son Kevin D. Parsons, father Rufus Parsons, mother Arline B. Parsons, brothers Rufus, Max, Lawrence, Jim, and Walt Parsons.