Jarold W. ‘Jed’ Head

Jarold W. “Jed” Head, 58, of rural Parsons passed away at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Labette Health.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1962, to James Bruce and Nancy Jean (Johnson) Head in Parsons. As a young boy, he grew up in rural Parsons, attending Service Valley Elementary School. In 1981, Jed graduated from Labette County High School.

Following high school, he worked at the local feed lot. For 35 years, Jed worked at Ruskin Manufacturing, starting as a welder and later being promoted to leadman. 

Jed was a volunteer for Neosho Township Fire Department, including being a training officer. He was certified in CPR, first aid, as a first responder and as an EMT. He was also active in the Elks Club, serving as the chairman of the drug awareness program on the local and national level and for 10 years on the state level. 

Helping others was very important to Jed. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family, and he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He also enjoyed the outdoors, working cattle and listening to country music.

On Nov. 8, 1980, Jed and Maria Margarita Martinez were united in marriage in Parsons. She survives of the home.

Survivors include his wife, Maria, of the home; a son, James W. Head (Larissa), stationed in South Korea; two daughters, Amanda Head of Parsons and Elizabeth Head (Adam Brown) of Fairgrove, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Reveille, Amelia, Logan, Aidan, Victoria, Eric, Nicky and Scarlette; a brother, James H. Thornton of Denison, Texas; and a sister, Janis James (Virgil) of Parsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Larry D. Head; and a sister, Debra Head.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Parsons. Burial will follow at East Bethany Cemetery in rural Parsons. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.

Memorials are suggested to Labette Community College Foundation and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

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