Richard “Dick” Parsley, 61 of Benton, passed away suddenly at home of a heart attack on Feb. 24, 2013. Celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Benton Church, Benton. Visitation with the family present will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Carlson Funeral Home.
He was born in Wichita on Aug. 5, 1951 to the late Hiram and Bette Parsley of Benton. Dick is survived by his loving wife, Shirley (Meyers) Parsley, whom he married on Feb. 14, 1996; sister, Pat (Dale) Shaffer; nephew, Jonathan Shaffer; niece, Bethany (Kyle) Fox; and and great-nephew, Brody Fox.
Dick was a graduate of Circle High School, Class of 1969. He was an avid lover of science and engineering as well as a musician. In middle school he entered a science fair and won recognition for building a shotgun-sound snooper device allowing you to hear conversations through the wall into another room. In high school, Dick along with two classmates and an auto mechanics teacher had the opportunity to place in a racecar engine trouble-shooting contest at the Indianapolis 500 speedway. During and after high school, Dick sang and played organ in various bands. Later he branched off and played in night clubs all across Kansas as well as Oklahoma and continued to entertain later in life playing the organ and singing with his wife, Shirley. He was a talented entertainer and loved to share his music with others. Dick worked for several years at Beech Aircraft building the Starship, United-Beech as supervisor, and was currently employed at Flight Safety as maintenance instructor. On weekends he enjoyed tinkering on buses, cars and small machine repair.
Memorial in his memory has been established with the American Heart Association. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.carlsoncolonial.com.