Loren Ray Parkhurst, 89, Eagleville, MO, died Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at a hospital in Des Moines, IA.
He was born on July 24, 1932, the son of Orville and May (Hunsicker) Parkhurst. He was the second of six children.
Loren attended primary school at a country school a few miles from her home. He began his high school years in Hatfield where he enjoyed playing sports. After graduating from Hatfield, he helped out with a few odd jobs around the farm. He helped others plant hay, helped an electrician with electrical needs, and worked in construction. Once, while putting on hay, he was called a human elevator. He loved working on the farm.
After meeting at ice cream parties and numerous youth groups, Loren and Myra Parkhurst were married on September 11, 1954. They were married for 67 years and in this union five daughters blessed their lives: Carmen , Pamela, Becky, Carolyn, and Rhonda.
Loren was a member of the National Guard and took time out of his farm life to travel to Albany once a month to participate in drills. After nine years, he decided to retire from the National Guard and focus on farming. He also enjoyed being a board member of REC, APC and Lamoni Cooperative. He sat on the co-op’s board of directors for over 30 years. You could always catch Loren watching her daughters play sports, attend family outings, and travel on family vacations to Colorado and the Iowa State Fair.
Farm work was Loren’s greatest passion. Growing up, helping his father on the farm, he helped develop Loren’s passion for the lifestyle. Getting run over by a tractor, building miles of fence while digging posts by hand, and betting the grandkids he could touch a calf were some of the stories he loved to tell. On the Grand River farm, Loren raised pigs, dairy and beef cows, and grew corn and soybeans. He also worked with other farmers and helped transport livestock and grain, spray crops and do custom combine work. Between these activities, he also sold Archer Oil of which he was the top seller for many years. At Hatfield Farm, Loren poured his energy into making improvements and focused on cattle and hay. Loren was a hard-working, humorous and devoted family person.
His parents predeceased him; brothers, Alvin, Paul and Rollan Parkhurst; half-sister, Melva Jean Ramsey; daughter, Carmen Gustafson and a great-grandson, Callan Redding.
Loren is survived by his wife, Myra Parkhurst; daughters, Pamela (Kelly) Nichols, Becky (Steve) Ellis, Carolyn Law and Rhonda Parkhurst; grandchildren, TJ, Justin, Timmy Redding, Lindsey Ellis, Jennifer Van Horn, Martin Gustafson, Michelle Shade and Amanda Wermelskirchen and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 at Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. Burial with military rites will follow at the Masonic Cemetery, Eagleville, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made at any FFA Chapter, Masonic Cemetery and/or the American Cancer Society in care of Roberson Funeral Home, PO Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442.