Stephen Lee Parsley

October 16, 1947 ‒ April 21, 2020

Westerville, Ohio
Formerly of Northern, Kentucky

Stephen Lee Parsley, age 72, born on October 16, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital in Columbus, OH due to complications related to pneumonia.  Steve valiantly fought to recover from the paralyzing effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome since March 2014.

Steve was a graduate of East High School in Des Moines, Class of ’65.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1979 from Iowa State University and was the first to receive a scholarship from the Material Handling Institute.  Steve was nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in the material handling industry, working for companies such as P&H, Litton, Eskay and Bastian Solutions. Having come from a family history of railroad engineers, he honored this history through his own HO-scale model railroad layout, enjoyed helping others with their model railroads, and volunteered as an engineer for the Whitewater Valley Railroad in Connersville, IN.  Steve and Nancy were active members of Lakeside Christian Church in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky since 1984.

Stephen L. Parsley served as Sergeant for the United States Army Reserve, distinguished as a Senior Instructor for the NCO Academy of the 5040th USAR School, and was Honorably Discharged on May 3rd, 1980.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Willard Lee Parsley (1922-1971) and Barbara Eloise (Crippen) Parsley Clark (1925-1986); and his sister, Susan Mary (Parsley) Peterson (1950-1987).  He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nancy Eve (Ury) Parsley; son, Timothy (Flora) Parsley of Fort Wayne, IN and daughter, Rebecca (Alex) Thompson of Centerburg, OH.  He was loved dearly by his six grandchildren: Joshua (Lauren) Thompson, Emma Parsley, Diksha Thompson, Aidan Parsley, Finnan Parsley, and Evelyn Parsley.

Private family services will be held in Sunbury, OH and Steve will be buried at Sunbury Memorial Park with military honors.  Condolences can be sent to Nancy Parsley, c/o DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, Sunbury, OH 43074.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to further research for Guillain-Barre Syndrome at:  GBS CIDP Foundation International, 375 East Elm Street, Suite 101, Conshohocken, PA 19428, www.gbs-cidp.org in Steve’s memory.

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  • So happy for Steve, yet sad for us.
    What a beautiful life he lived!
    We love you Parsley family. Love & Hugs,
    The Taylors

  • We are sorry to hear that death had one again won, but praise God that it is NOT THE END! There will be more to the story and it will be glorious. But the pain of now cannot be ignored. You are loved, Parsley family, and we look forward to meeting him in heaven!
    With love,
    The Reads

  • Our hearts are breaking for Nancy and Steve’s family. But oh how we rejoice for Steve as he stands,walks and dances before Jesus. Well done, faithful servant.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in our prayers.

  • Nancy & family, so sad to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a treat to know in high school, I sang next to him in the boys chorus at East High. Sending prayers from Iowa. David Merrill………..PS : Nancy , my wife worked with Dick Urey at Allied Insurance , small world.

  • So sorry for your loss, Nancy & family. Cousins Carl Hurley family, Norma Carpenter family

  • I was shocked and saddened to learn of Steve’s passing. My feelings rushed with respect and awe at his long sturdy fight to rebuild his life and hold his family, and to the tender hearts of his family, my dear friends, who now contend with a new void in daily life. But I know they know it is not a void, only a different state. And that matters, to lift up the heart and quell the tears.

    You can tell a lot about a man by the wake he trails. I met Steve only a few times, and he was kind and friendly to me. But I know the kind of man he really was by virtue of the quality of his family. He was a lucky man to have such integrity and love surrounding him. And they are lucky to have him as husband, dad, grandpa, father-in-law, and so much more. Ultimately we are measured by the empty space we leave behind, and Steve’s, I know, is considerable. But again, it is not really empty, time will reveal it is just transformed into pure love. It just takes a while to realize it.

    Our hearts go out to everyone now transformed by Steve’s passing.

    Sincerely,

    Jason Franz, Brigid O’Kane, and Alexandra Franz

  • Nancy and Family: Expressing our deepest condolences at this difficult time. We think back at the times we shared in Neil Florence’s Bible Study and the fellowship we had there. God is good and in His time our joys are met. Blessings and peace to you Nancy and family.

    Ken and Marty Enders

  • So sorry for your loss but so happy for Steve’s gain! He is reaping his reward! He has been an inspiration to us all thru this! No more wheelchairs or confinement for him now! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.Have a blessed day! We love and miss you, Tim and Linda Roush

  • I never had the pleasure of knowing him however, I knew his son, Tim. I am not saddened by a Christian who leaves mortality and puts on immortality. I am only saddened by those left behind and their hearts that loved this man. I pray that peace be upon you all, especially his wife of so many loving years.
    In Christ Alone,
    Kelly D Yochum

  • Nancy, I am saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. Happy he is now with our Lord and Saviour.
    Much love to you and your family

  • Dear family…..Nancy , Tim and Flora, Becky and Alex , and all the grandchildren….So many good memories from our visits with you all over the years. Thinking of your beloved husband , father and grandfather and the legacy of believers he leaves behind. Hearing the Lord’s words, “Well, done, good and faithful servant. Well done……” We are praying for each of you as you grieve your loss and as Steve celebrates complete restoration with the Savior in the home He had prepared especially for him. Thinking of his sweet reunion face to face with his Lord…. and with those gone before him. We love you dear ones…… Rick and Beth

  • It breaks my heart to hear of the passing of such an amazing human being. I had the great pleasure of caring for Steve during his stay at Elmcroft. He taught us all so much in so many ways. His kindness, wisdom, humor and unbelievable patients will never be forgotten. I send my love to Mrs. Nancy and the family. I pray your memories never fade and your hearts mend quick knowing that he for sure is in paradise, shining his everlasting love on his family from the heavens.
    Rest in peace Steve!
    Much Love
    Jennifer Trent

  • What a legacy this Steve Parsley from the tall corn state has left. Steve was a man of great courage -every day for years. He set the bar very high for his family to follow. He met this great health obstacle with the same tenacity with which he met other obstacles and challenges. How I admire his patience and humility. What bravery he demonstrated every day for so many years. What a great success story to present to his Savior at His throne. Like Job, he met his struggle without complaint. What a wonderful man of God. Steve showed us what Christian perseverance looks like.

  • Our hearts are broken for all the suffering Steve and Nancy have endured for the last six years. And yet they have faced it with faith and perseverance that has been an inspiration to us. We look forward to sharing eternity together. Much love to your family.

  • So sad to learn of the passing on of Steve Parsley. My wife and I will forever remember you and Nancy hosting us at your house when my wife was visiting from Zimbabwe. Stephen and Angella Chikwati

  • Nancy, so sorry for your loss. Steve will definitely be missed. I have such fond memories of him in high school. He had a wicked sense of humor. Our class of ‘65 will truly miss him.

  • Nancy and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing, and wanted you to know it was an absolute pleasure caring for him and you when you were in NKy. Such an amazing man, I can’t begin to explain how I admired his determination and perseverance in the face of such a devastating disease. My prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. We went to Grant Park Christian Church together from the crib and we also graduated from East High school together in 1965. He was always such a sweet guy.

  • Nancy,
    Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that we feel for the passing of Steve. Steve was a great husband, father and friend. He will truly be missed. Please accept our condolences and we will include Steve and you in our prayers.

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  • I think I speak for many of the “old-timers” at Bastian Solutions to say that it is sad news to hear of Steve’s passing. I had the pleasure to work with Steve while he was at Bastian, and he was an integral part of the company. He was well-respected and taught many of us his expertise of the industry. In many respects, he laid the groundwork for the company advancing. But more importantly, he enhanced the culture, made people around him better than they were for having known him, and always exemplified the true gentlemen. Our condolences and sympathies are with his family.

  • We remember our times together with Steve Parsley with great fondness — the trips to Gatlinburg, TN, our Bible study group, Lakeside Church. We remember Steve as being a true man of God, a loving husband, and we were so inspired by the courage he showed during the last several years. Our hearts go out to Nancy and the Parsley family. Werner & Linda

  • Nancy,
    I was stunned and saddened to receive the news. I knew you had moved out of town, but never knew where, and I am so sad to have lost touch.
    However, I know he is now resting from his ordeal, and will always remember the better days when we were running around all over the country having fun with our work. I learned a lot from Steve and will be eternally grateful for his friendship.
    With our heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of the family, and our prayers to Steve,
    Lee and Vivian Llambi