Services for Harold “Joe” Parsley

Harold “Joe” Parsley, 78 of Oklee, MN passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020 at his residence with his faithful companion, Bud by his side.


The service to celebrate Harold’s life will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 24, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oklee, MN with Rev. Linda Molitor officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.


Harold Richard Parsley was born August 29, 1941 at home on the family farm near Brooks, MN the son of Harley and Frances (Amundson) Parsley. He was baptized in 1975 and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Oklee. He attended school in Oklee, MN graduating with the class of 1959. Throughout his life Harold’s nickname was Joe.


In 1967, Harold was united in marriage to Myrna Stoneouse and to this union two sons were born, Wade and Chad.


Harold moved to Milwaukee, WI following high school for work for a short time and then moved back to Oklee. He worked at Detroiter in Red Lake Falls, American Crystal in Crookston and Trail Master in Red Lake Falls. Joe later purchased the Oklee Laundromat and expanded it to include an indoor car wash. He then expanded his business venture and built a hog farm east of Oklee which he owned and operated for many years. In 1989 Joe went to work at Marvin Windows where he worked until retirement.


Joe enjoyed his collector cars, going to car shows, spending time with his dogs, spending time outdoors watching wildlife, flying, camping and was a wonderful cook. Joe was a very kind-hearted man who loved his children and grandchildren dearly and would do anything he could to help.


He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Oklee.


Survivors include his two sons, Wade Parsley and Chad (Amy) Parsley; grandchildren, Cameron, Kylie, Tyler, Jaylee and Jaden all of Oklee; siblings, Kenneth Parsley of Brooks, MN, Betty (Wally) Hanson of Thief River Falls, MN and Lyla (Gary) Dobson of Thief River Falls; many other relatives and friends; and his dog, Bud.


He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Jacob Parsley; sister-in-law, Charlotte Parsley; aunts, Lois Hoaas & Lorraine Shetterly; and uncle Edward Parsley.


Condolences may be sent at


Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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