William Johnson Auvigne

William Johnson Auvigne, 88, of Parsons passed away at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at Labette Health.

He was born May 17, 1931, in Parsons to Alfred Eugene and Mae Mabel (Johnson) Auvigne. As a young boy, he attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, East Junior High School and was a 1950 graduate of Parsons High School. He later attended Parsons Junior College and earned an associate degree from Kansas City, Missouri, Junior College.

On May 1, 1951, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve where he served in the military police corps as clerk in the operations section and was honorably discharged on April 29, 1952.   

Mr. Auvigne had various work places throughout his life. From October 1950 to September 1955, he worked at the Katy Railroad in the accounting department in Parsons; from October 1955 to November 1958, he was employed by Sinclair Oil and Gas Co. in the land and lease department in Tulsa; from January 1959 to March 1964, he worked in the accounting department at Continental Oil Co. in Kansas City, Missouri; and in September 1964, he was employed by Parsons State Hospital and Training Center in the accounting department until retiring on May 17, 1993.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons.

On June 18, 1966, he married Marietta F. McGown at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parsons. They later divorced. He married Dr. Amalia Regina Occeno on April 15, 1991, in Cassville, Missouri. She survives of the home.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two nephews, James E. Auvigne of Belton, Missouri, and John T. Auvigne of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Eugene Auvigne, on July 3, 1964; his mother, Mae Mabel Auvigne, on Sept. 14, 1989; a brother, Jack Eugene Auvigne, on March 8, 1993; and a sister, Janice Yvonne Auvigne, on March 13, 1926.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors provided by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Parsons. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.

Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic 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.

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