James Templeton

James Anthony “Tony” Templeton, 72, of Parsons died at 11:24 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at his home.

He was born Jan. 29, 1941, in Parsons to James Ralph and Agnes Jane (Moriarity) Templeton. He grew up in Parsons, where he attended St. Patrick Catholic School and was a 1959 graduate of St. Patrick High School.

Following high school, he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad before joining the U.S. Navy, where he served from June 1963 through May 1973. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Parsons, where he worked for Xerox for a short time. He then worked as a draftsman at Columbian TecTank for 31 years until retiring in 2009.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons and was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In earlier years, he enjoyed bowling and working on cars and was a member of Flatlanders Motor Club.

He married Vivian “Susie” Yandell on March 21, 1964. They later divorced.

On Jan. 29, 1981, he married Vicki Hills. She survives of the home.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Ryan Templeton of the home; three daughters, Erin McKinney and her husband, Scott, of Chanute, Katie Hizey and her husband, Sean, of Parsons and Cristine Deibler and her husband, Blake, of Shawnee; nine grandchildren, Carley, Jesse, Libby, Meagan, Morgan, Becca, Ava, Hayes and Ella; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Johnston.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Knights of Columbus rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the parish rosary at 7 p.m. at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Patrick School Endowment Fund and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

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