Boyd Parsons, Sr.

Boyd Parsons, Sr., age 81 of Rapid City, South Dakota, died Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Boyd Leroy Parsons was born March 4, 1930, in Milesville, South Dakota, the son of Bill and Helen (Elshere) Parsons. He was raised in Milesville and graduated from Philip High School in 1949. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1953 and had an honorable discharge in 1955.

Boyd married Joanne Hanrahan March 13th, 1953, and to this union were born three children, Boyd, Jr., Sheryl and Byron. They started their life together in Colorado Springs, Colorado, moved around to various locations, and eventually moved back to Milesville in 1962 to ranch. They moved to Rapid City in 1994 to reside, but he continued to farm and ranch with the boys until his death.

Boyd was a director on the board for the American State Bank in Pierre for a number of years and served as an active member on numerous county and church committees. He took pride in his work, fortunate for his friends, and most proud of his family.

Survivors include his wife Joanne; his children Boyd Jr. (Kara) of Milesville; Sheryl (Jesse) Hansen of Philip, and Byron (Peggy) Parsons of Milesville. He is also survived by his grandchildren Molly (Robbie) Lytle, Brady (Julie) Hansen, Wade (Marcy) Parsons, Andrea (Dustin) Rische, Alyssa DeJong, Micah Hansen, Brennen (Joni) Parsons, Kayla (Eric) Bastian, and 13 great-grandchildren; his siblings Dean (Mary Ann) Parsons of Philip, Doris (Kenneth) Berry of Philip, Bart (Janice) Parsons of Milesville, Mary Slovek of Custer, Billie (Connie) Parsons of Milesville, Leah (Jim) Waddell of Sahuarita, AZ.

Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Helen.

Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the hall on Friday.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 19, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

Private family interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com