W. Russell Parmelee, 102
W. Russell Parmelee, 102, of Hopkins passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his home. Mr. Parmelee was born Oct. 19, 1911, on the farm on 18th Street that his grandparents settled in 1856.
He graduated from Hopkins High School in 1929 and went on to attend Michigan Agricultural College (now MSU) graduating with a bachelor's degree in agriculture science in 1934.
In 1935, he married Helen Wilcox (1911-1991). Together he and Helen managed and operated the Wilcox and Parmelee farms.
Russell served on the Hopkins Board of Education, Hopkins Township Board of Review, and the Allegan Soil Conservation District Board.
He was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Wayland where he was also Deacon Emeritus.
Russell and Helen had three children, Georgia Ann (Robert Jeffery) of Conway, Ariz., Jim (killed in action, Vietnam, 1965), and John (Bonnie) of Bangor. He has five grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, July 1, from noon until the time of the funeral at 2 p.m. at Gorden Funeral Residence, Hopkins Chapel. Pastor Tim Mattison and Pastor Richard Dix will be officiating. Interment is at Maplewood Cemetery, Hopkins Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to RBM Ministries in care of the Tim Cornish Family, 5325 West F. Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49009 and/or First Baptist Church of Wayland, 3514 12th St., Wayland, MI 49348.
Arrangements are being provided by Gorden Funeral Residence, Hopkins Chapel, www.gordenfuneral.com.