Norman W Parsons entered into the presence of the Lord on September 30, 2023. He was 97 years old. He was the son of John & Jennie Parsons of Springville, New York.
After graduating from high school in Springville, New York he entered Houghton College in May 1944. Upon graduation he continued his studies at Asbury College where he got the calling to go to Japan as a missionary.
In 1948 he joined 50 young college graduates to teach in Japan. He was assigned to teach in Sendai in northern Japan. In 1950 he married Alice Southern who was one of the other 50 missionaries. They moved to Tokyo, Japan to study Japanese full time. After language school they were assigned to do evangelism in the Southern island of Shikoku.
Norman and Alice planted and help build several churches. After 25 years they returned to Buffalo, New York. At this time Norman studied pastoral clinical counseling. He served as chaplain for the Erie County Home and Infirmary and the Penitentiary.
In 1975 he was appointed to serve as the pastor of South Park United Methodist Church. After serving there for 3 years he was assigned to Baker United Methodist Church in East Aurora, New York. After serving there for 3 years he was appointed as a District Superintendent.
He was chosen to be a delegate to the World Methodist Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where they led a group to help work in the slums.
After retirement, Norman and his wife served as missionaries in both China and Uganda.
In 1999 Norman moved with his wife to Waunakee, Wisconsin to serve at First Presbyterian Church of Waunakee as their visitation pastor. He served there for 6 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alice Parsons and his 6 siblings and spouses.
Norman is survived by his three children David (Nita) Parsons, Mark (Jan) Parsons and Debbie (Bruce) Kramer. Also he is survived by 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thurs. Oct. 26,2023 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church 5763 County Rd Q, Waunakee. Friends may call at the church on Thurs. from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Waunakee
Winn-Cress Funeral Home
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