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Donald E. Parsons

1938 - 2021


Donald E. Parsons, 82, of Urbana passed away at 9:03am on Thursday, June 17th, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital.

A graveside service will be held at 1pm on Thursday, June 24th, 2021, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Urbana.

Don was born on August 17, 1938, in Ontario, Canada to parents Melville and Lola (Orr) Parsons. He graduated from Urbana High School in 1956 and attended Eastern Illinois University. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1958-1960. Don married his wife Mary on September 25th, 1980, in Urbana, Illinois. During his career Don joined his father’s business as a painter and worked for over 50 years at the family business before retiring. In his free time Don had many hobbies. He enjoyed his daily coffee with his longtime friends at Starbucks. Don loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited Group, the Archery Club in Urbana, and even taught archery to others including his kids. Don was a member of Stone Creek Church and will be missed by his loved ones.

Don is preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary (Farruggia) Parsons; daughter Linda Dawson; and his brother Mel Parsons.

Survivors include his daughters Pam (Steve) Starwalt, Theresa (Gene) Hoffman, and Vicki (Bob) Stipp; sons Tim O’Donnell and Mark (Danielle Johnson) Parsons; nephew Patrick and Michael Parsons; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the Stone Creek Church in Urbana, IL.

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Greg Russell

June 29, 2021 9:48 AM

Thank you for being / living example of Christian values  

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God Bless Don and Mary Parsons

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Bob Doty

June 24, 2021 6:01 PM

My wife and I just learned of Don's passing.  He was a fine man.  Very kind to us.  God bless you at this time of loss.

Patrick Parsons

June 22, 2021 10:02 AM

Just a short remembrance from myself and my brother Michael for our wonderful uncle. I’ll always remember a man who enjoyed life, who was always full of fun and laughter, almost always a smile on his face, a happy outlook that only deepened with the raising of his family. His love for Mary and their love for one another was clear to the world. And perhaps what always struck me most was his broader love of family. In my few visits with him as an adult, I could see the pride he took in his kids, and the quiet but powerful caring that just seemed to radiate out from him. He seemed first and foremost a man dedicated to his family, the rock of the Parsons clan. I think he was a great man and I’ll always be proud that he was my uncle.

Patrick Connolly

June 20, 2021 7:01 PM

My Dear Friend Don,

I will miss our hunting trips, our coffee visits and most importantly, our friendship. You have been a mentor to me in many ways. Thank you for all you have done for me, this community and our Country. Rest In Peace my friend.

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