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   IN MEMORIAM: Leslie A. Parshall, 90;

Honored Fellow Veterans With Monument

Leslie A. Parshall

TODDSVILLE – Leslie A. Parshall, 90, a World War II veteran who in 2005  erected a monument honoring all veterans at his Greenough Road home, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

He was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Saranac Lake, a son of Howard and Gladys (Gowett) Parshall.  He first attended a one-room schoolhouse and then continued his education in Cooperstown.  On Aug. 19, 1948, Les married Lois M. Harvey in Cooperstown.

A veteran of World War II, Les entered the Navy on Oct. 30, 1944.  Seaman First Class Parshall was in combat in the Marshal Islands, and was honorably discharged on June 12, 1946.

Returning home, he worked for many years building circuit boards for Sperry UNIVAC in Utica, where he also served as a union arbitrator. Retiring, he joined Bassett Hospital as a painter.

In his leisure, Les enjoyed fishing and camping with his family.

As a symbol of  respect for veterans of the Armed Forces, Les erected in 2005, on his property in Toddsville, an Honor Roll of World War II veterans from Otsego County.

Throughout his life, Les had a deep and abiding faith in God, and in his own way served Him many different ways.

Les is survived by his second wife, Doris Parshall of Norwich, and her family; two daughters, Judy “Susie” Urbin and husband, John of Lufkin, Texas, and Linda Miller of Holland, Texas; three sons, Stephen Parshall and wife, Barbara, of Daleville, Va., Thomas Parshall of Franklin, and Carl Parshall and wife, Nancy of Morris; 10 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Merritt Harvey and wife, Elaine, of Toddsville, and Donald Harvey and wife, Mary, of Milford Center; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 47 years, Lois M. Parshall, on July 8, 1996; a sister, Evelyn Warner; and two brothers, Howard “Sonny” Parshall and Robert Parshall.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 14, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street,  Cooperstown, with Rev. Stephen D. Fournier, pastor of the Milford Center Community Bible Church, officiating.

The Service of Committal and Burial with Military Honors will follow in Fly Creek Valley Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Fly Creek.

Family and friends may call and pay their respects at the funeral home on Friday morning one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hartwick Fire Department Company No. 2, 4877  State Highway 28, Hartwick Seminary, NY  13326.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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