OSWEGO — Randall Eugene “Randy” Parsons, 63, of Oswego, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at Freeman West Hospital of Joplin following an illness.
Randy was born on Sept. 13, 1955, to Teddie G. “Ted” and Neva N. (Smith) Parsons. Jocko graduated from Oswego High School with the Class of 1973, and went on to play football at Pittsburg State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1975 and served on active duty until 1978.
Randy’s only time away from Oswego was spent in the Marines, and a period of time that he worked as a coal miner in Oklahoma, but Oswego was his home for the majority of his life.
Randy worked as the Oswego city superintendent and later as a supervisor at Diamond Coach Corp. until 2009. He was a member of the Oswego First United Methodist Church and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in West Mineral.
Randy married Debra L. Westervelt on Oct. 11, 1991, in Miami, Oklahoma. He was an avid outdoorsman to say the least. He spent many hours fishing in tournaments, river fishing, bass fishing and “scouting” the pits looking for the next good spot to fish, oftentimes with Deb at his side. He taught his daughter, Talia, how to fish, and often exaggerated the size of the fish that she caught just to make a good story. He also enjoyed bowhunting with his brother, Lynn, and taking rides through the country with Deb. In everything Randy did, he was passionate about doing it to the best of his ability.
His survivors include his wife, Debra Parsons; his parents, Ted and Neva Parsons of Weir; a daughter, Talia Stovall (husband, Josh) of Lexington, South Carolina; his grandchildren, Cal Stovall, Mays Stovall and Maris Stovall; a stepdaughter, Tiffany Lopp of Columbus; Tiffany’s children, Kaitlynn Lopp and Dawson Beaty; a stepson, Kyle Correll (wife, Tabatha) of Twentynine Palms, California; Kyle’s children, Brooklynn Correll and Adleigh Correll; two sisters, Cheryl Layne (husband, Mark) of Webb City, Missouri, and Toni Parsons of Oronogo, Missouri; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Lynn Parsons, who passed away in April 2018.
Mr. Parsons was entrusted to Derfelt Funeral Home of Oswego for cremation. The family will have a gathering from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Oswego Community Center.
Memorials may be made to the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in West Mineral, and may be mailed to 106 Olive St., West Mineral, KS 66782.
Online condolences may be left at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.