ALTAMONT — Willard George Parsons, 81, formerly of rural Altamont, passed away at 9:04 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Harry Hynes Inpatient Unit in Wichita.
He was born on Feb. 6, 1938, to Cleo and Mabel (Brooks) Parsons in McCune. At age 9 months, Willard had polio, leaving him partially paralyzed on his right side. He never gave in to his handicap and thought he could do whatever anyone else did. If anyone commented or asked about his disability, his reply was, “Oh, I guess I will have two good hands when I get to heaven.” Willard always had a smile and would help anyone if he could.
At age 11, Willard joined the Altamont First Baptist Church. He was a lifelong active member in Sunday school and church services and for a time served as a deacon.
Willard worked at the Parsons Drive-In Theater, Stein’s Serv-A-Car and was a detailer at Malone’s Auto. He had a great love for the outdoors and for farming. Also, he had a great fondness for horseback riding and was a member of the Southeast Kansas Mounted Posse.
On Aug. 18, 1963, Willard married Evelyn Fay Morris at the Altamont First Baptist Church. The couple divorced in 1971. They remarried on Aug. 18, 2013. Evelyn (Morris) Surface Parsons survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Calvin E. Parsons of Montgomery City, Missouri, and Kevin W. Parsons and his wife, Danielle, of Wichita; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and special cousins, Terry and Marian Parsons of Texas.
He was preceded in death by three uncles, Dale Brooks, Dale Irwin and Carol Williams; and three aunts, Betty May, Opal Gallop and Grace Schules.
The graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons and will then proceed to the cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Western Way Cowboy Church. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.