Ralph Shaver Parsons, 78, store sales manager

April 18, 2002

Ralph Shaver Parsons, a retired Montgomery Ward & Co. sales manager, died of pneumonia Friday at his White Marsh home. He was 78.

Born and raised in Trucksville, Pa., Mr. Parsons enlisted in the Navy after his high school graduation. He served with the Seabees in the Pacific during World War II.

He worked as furniture department sales manager at Ward stores in Catonsville and later Rosedale, and retired in 1985.

He was a member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville, and the Rosedale post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed tinkering in his garage workshop, repairing his car, and planting and growing tulips. He also was a longtime golfer and a member of a foursome that played regularly at Clifton Park.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church.

Services were held Saturday.

Mr. Parsons is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Elsie Buck; two sons, Robert R. Parsons of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Allan W. Parsons of Carney; a daughter, Beverly A. Parsons of White Marsh; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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