Stephen Lee Parsley
October 16, 1947 ‒ April 21, 2020
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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