Robert V. (Bob) Parsons, 80, of White Bird, passed away peacefully Monday, November 28 in the Alzheimer’s Unit of the Idaho State Veterans’ Home in Lewiston.
Bob was born January 25, 1925, in Old Lavoye, Wyoming. He was the second son of Joseph Stephen Parsons and Clara Belanger Parsons. He grew up on his parents’ cattle ranch east of Edgerton, attended schools in Midwest, and graduated from Midwest High School in 1942.
During WWII Bob proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Force in the Pacific Theatre. He held the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as central fire control (top turret gunner) aboard a B29 and was stationed in Guam and Tinian.
Following his discharge from the AAF, Bob attended Casper (Wyoming) Junior College and also owned and operated the Salt Creek Flying School outside of Edgerton, Wyoming. Bob owned cattle and sheep ranches in Montana, Wyoming and central Idaho, and also worked on oil drilling rigs, but his greatest love was always for flying. He knew the names of the clouds and checked his landing speed by listening to the wind. His favorite planes were his Bellanca and his Piper Cub, which he used for checking on his livestock.
In 1948 Bob and Virginia Lee Pike of Casper, Wyoming were married in Miles City, Montana. They “honeymooned” in a sheepwagon in eastern Montana during the severe winter of 1948-49. Mrs. Parsons passed away giving birth to their first child.
In November of 1951, Bob and Charlotte Hale Wayne were married in Buffalo, Wyoming. They raised four children, three daughters and a son, on the family ranch east of Edgerton, Wyoming, and suffered the loss of their youngest daughter, Charrie Lee, age 7, from encephalitis.
Following their divorce, Bob was married to and subsequently divorced from, Beverly Johnston Sevenikar of Encampment, Wyoming.
In 1971, Bob sold his Wyoming ranch and bought property in central Idaho, including the Skookumchuck Ranch and McComas Meadows. On December 5 of 1975 Bob and Josephine Lindsey Wisenor were married in Reno and they resided south of White Bird, Idaho, along the Salmon River.
Bob loved the beauty of central Idaho and its wildlife and he took great pride in Josephine’s big beautiful vegetable gardens. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards with friends. Most of all, Bob always loved entertaining friends and family. He was an excellent cook and particularly enjoyed making coconut cream and banana cream pies.
Bob is survived by his wife of 30 years, Josephine, his daughters and sons-in-law Ginny and Gerald Kaschmitter of Spokane, WA, Karen and John Doughty of Lander, Wyoming, Becky and Eric Renstrom of Douglas, Wyoming; his stepson Mel Wisenor of Nampa, Idaho; three granddaughters Connie Parsons of Seattle, Heather Kaschmitter of New York City, and Laura Kaschmitter of Spokane; three nephews, K.C. Parsons of Casper, Wyoming, Miles Parsons of Glenrock, Wyoming, and Bruce Parsons, of Casper, Wyoming; his sister-in-law Joann Parsons, of Casper, Wyoming (and numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren).
Bob is preceded in death by his wives Virginia (mother of Ginny), Charlotte (mother of Karen, Becky, John Conrad, and Charrie Lee), his daughter Charrie Lee (at age 7), his son Con (at age 24) and his brother Joey (at age 37).
The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the staff of the Idaho State Veterans’ Home for their compassionate care of Bob in his last years.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, December 5 at 11:00 a.m. at the White Bird Cemetery in White Bird. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 N. Mill St. in Grangeville. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.
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