1919 - 2012
Berle Roger Parsons was born on March 2, 1918, in Cloverland, Wash., to parents Greek and Ruth Morrow Parsons. He died on Sept. 8, 2012, in Hermiston at the age of 94 years. Berle was raised and attended school in the Palouse area. He then joined the United States Army and served during World War II in Alaska and later in Europe, where he was taken as a POW. Berle was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to Palouse, where he worked as a mechanic. He was united in marriage to Burnice May Bull on Oct. 17, 1946, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. In 1955 they moved to Walla Walla, where Berle continued to work as a mechanic until he retired. They moved to Hermiston in 1979 and then to Milton-Freewater in 1983. In 2004 they returned to Hermiston, where he has lived since.Berle enjoyed reading, traveling and hunting.
He is survived by his son, Roger Parsons and his wife Shirley of Hermiston; daughters, Joyce Kirby and her husband Boyd of Shelton, Wash., and Janice Parsons of Spanaway, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Berle was preceded in death by his wife, Burnice Parsons in 2008; his parents; two brothers, Harold and Delwin Parsons; and a sister, Helen Warwick.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery, Milton-Freewater. Contributions may be made in Berle’s memory to the American Heart Association. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.