Frank Parsons, age 82, Philip, SD, died Sunday, February 28, 2010, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney and Pastor Al Brucklacher officiating.
Music was provided by Skye Brucklacher, flute, Carla Brucklacher, piano, Glenn Parsons, guitar, and a vocal duet by Glenn Parsons and Roger Porch.
Ushers were Doug West, Brant Sundall and Bryan Olivier. Pallbearers will be Cody Parsons, Kelly Parsons, Alex Radway, Cain Radway, Gavin Brucklacher and Bruce Brucklacher. Honorary pallbearers were Frank's pitch playing buddies.
Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.
Frank Smith Parsons was born August 14, 1927, in Philip, SD, to William Cleveland (W.C.) Parsons and Charity (Fender) Parsons both from Allegany County, North Carolina. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Milesville, attended Hardingrove Rural School, and later school in Philip.
He married Berdyne Peterson on December 5, 1947, in Sturgis. He farmed and ranched on the family farm, living there for 75 years until moving into Philip. As a young man he played baseball for the Milesville team, participated in rodeos and worked building area missile sites. Later in life he worked as a crop adjuster and for the Haakon County Highway Department, and at the Philip Livestock Auction.
He had been a member of the Hardingrove Presbyterian Church and currently was a member of the Philip United Church and the Bad River Senior Citizen's Center.
Frank loved playing pitch, gardening, hunting, fishing and everything about country life. He was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren, always giving unconditional love. His pride and joy in his family was the center of his life. He had a unique sense of humor and would give away his last $20 to anyone in need. He never met a stranger and could carry on a conversation with anyone. He survived a near death experience from hantavirus in 2004, otherwise living a healthy, active life.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Berdyne Parsons, Philip; two sons, Roger Parsons and his wife, Terri, Pierre, and Doug Parsons and his friend, Susan Sutton, Rapid City; one daughter, Brigitte Brucklacher and her husband, Bruce, Philip; six grandchildren, Cody and Kelly Parsons, Rapid City, Wendy (Dan) Peterson, Minneapolis, Amy (Fred) Gray, New Hope, MN, and Skye and Gavin Brucklacher, Philip; six great-grandchildren, Makaylah, Myah, and Miles Gray, New Hope, MN and Joscelyn, Sevanna, and Jenessa Parsons, Rapid City; a sister-in-law, Shirley Parsons, Philip; daughter-in-law, Vikki Parsons, Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Quentin "Dude", Leland "Turk", Glen, Bill, and Howard "Did" Parsons; and two sisters, Edna Blake and Mabel Fox.
Memorials will be directed to the Bad River Senior Citizen's Center, Philip.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com