Kenneth “Ken” H. Parnell, Jr. age 78, of Springfield, Oregon went to rest with the Lord on January 13th, 2021 with his family by his side.
Kenneth was born on March 10th, 1942 in Morton, WA to Kenneth and Alice Parnell. They settled in Rio Dell, CA. Ken graduated from Fortuna High School in 1960. He married his high school sweetheart, Priscilla Sowell. Ken went on to become a California Highway Patrolman for 14 years. He retired and went into carpentry, then retired again and settled in Brookings, Oregon. Moved to Springfield in 2016.
Ken loved his family dearly. He was an avid fisherman, loved his boats, belonged to the Chetco Yacht club, Elks lodge and Moose lodge. Ken was always helping someone and got a lot of enjoyment doing it.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Winston and Susie Parnell. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Priscilla Parnell, his sister Carole King, son Kenneth “Eric” Parnell and his partner Gayle Cutler, daughter and her husband Martha and Lawrence McPhee, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
In 2013, Ken received a LVAD heart pump which extended Ken’s life by another 7 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Ken’s name be made to:
OHSU Foundation – LVAD Department Providence St Vincent Medical Foundation
PO Box 29017 OR Attn: Shawn Fincher – LVAD Department
Portland, OR 97296 9205 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 2111
Portland, OR 97225
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 13th, 2021 at City of Destiny Church, 2065 Centennial Blvd. Springfield, OR, 97477, at 3:00 pm.