James H. Parson, 78

James H. Parson of West Bend passed away Monday, June 22, 2009 at St. Joseph Community Hospital in West Bend at the age of 78 years.

He was born on July 25, 1930 in Shawano to Harvey and Clara (nee Dobbs) Parson. After his schooling, Jim entered the US Army and served in Germany at the close of WWII and the Korean Conflict. On June 26, 1954 he married Mildred E. Logemann in West Allis.

Jim worked for 37 years as an Underground Rural Distribution Installer for the Wisconsin Electric Co. He also enjoyed beekeeping and was known as the Honey Man. Jim also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 55 years Mildred, his loving children Clarice Parson, James Jr. (Karen), Valerie (David) Hare, Yvonne (Tom) Weninger and Cheryl Parson. He was the proud grandfather of James III, Sarah, Daniel, Rachel, Johnathan, Kiersten, and three great grandsons. He is further survived by his brothers Gerald (Vi), Donald (Melva) sister Karen Ann (Chuck) Arvelo, nieces nephews other relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna Jean Bitters, and brother-in-law Byron Bitters, two nieces and one nephew.

A memorial service for James will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 at New Hope United Church of Christ, 4360 Jackson Drive Jackson with Rev. Dr. John Mackett officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, June 25 from 3 p.m. until time of service at 4 p.m.

Memorials to New Hope UCC Church are appreciated.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

A special thank you to Dr. Eric Olafsson, the nurses and staff at St. Joseph Community Hospital Intensive Care Unit for their care and support.