Floyd Rudolph Parmenter

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Floyd Rudolph Parmenter, 62, of El Dorado Springs passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in the Community Springs Healthcare Facility in El Dorado Springs after a lengthy ordeal with Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by his wife Carol; sister-in-law Sue Gesler, of Granda Hills, Calif.; and brother-in-law Andy Wright, of Northville, Mich.; and two nieces.

Rudy was born on February 5, 1946, in Tucson, Ariz. Rudy grew up in the southwest and graduated from Hawthorne High School in Los Angeles, Calif. While in Los Angeles, he worked for several construction companies. On Feb. 14, 1975, he and Carol were married in Los Angeles. In 1979, while visiting friends in El Dorado Springs, they purchased a home and Carol found a teaching job in El Dorado. Rudy took care of the farm and raised cattle. In the 1980s he was very active in the Optimist Club and served as club president in 1988 and as the West Central Lt. Governor in 1989-1990. He enjoyed his many friends in Optimist and really enjoyed working the cook shack at the Picnic.

During the 1990s he enjoyed rebuilding two classic antique trucks and showing them at car shows. He was an active member of the 54 Cruisers Car Club. Rudy loved animals especially his little Papillon dogs. He and Carol have rescued many pets and helped them have a long life.

Memorial services will be held for Rudy beginning at 2 p.m. at the Bland- Hackleman Funeral Home, in El Dorado Springs, with both a religious service and a time for sharing of memories of Rudy. His ashes will be scattered in two locations that he loved, the home orchard and Carmel, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the El Dorado Springs Animal Shelter or Vernon County People for Pets.