Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Kenneth J. Parsons
The funeral will be held November 12 at 11 am at the First Congregational Church in Hadley. A reception will be held at the church immediately following, with private burial at a later date. Calling hours will be Friday, November 11 from 6 to 8 pm at the Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield
HADLEY, MA - Kenneth J. Parsons, 94, passed away November 5, 2022. Born August 19, 1928, in Northampton, he was the son of Earle M. Parsons and Marguerite (Proctor) Parsons. In 1953, Ken and Phyllis Bean married; they shared 59 years together before her death in 2013.

Ken graduated from Northampton High School and the University of Massachusetts in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. While there, he was captain of the Men's Swimming Team. Ken farmed for over 70 years in Northampton and Hadley with four generations of his family, raising livestock and field crops. Ken was named Massachusetts Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year in 1960. Thirty-five years later, Parsons Farms received the Eastern States Exposition Agricultural Adventurers Award for innovative vision and farming practices.

Ken was a member and former Deacon of the First Congregational Church in Hadley, member and past President of the Massachusetts Agricultural Society, and Trustee Emeritus of the Eastern States Exposition, serving as chair of the Agricultural Committee. Ken was a founding member of the Pioneer Valley Sheep Breeders. He also served as a Director of the First National Bank of Amherst, on the Hadley School Committee, and was a member of Hadley Men's Club.

Ken had a smile and a kind word for everyone. A good listener and conversationalist, he welcomed a wide circle of family, lifelong friends, and new acquaintances into his home. Ken's affable demeanor and personal modesty often diverted attention away from his keen intellect. He was a life-long learner and a voracious reader. He and Phyllis pursued their interest in travel later in life with numerous trips to Europe and across the US. Most of all, Ken dedicated himself to his family. He was most proud of his children, grandchildren, and his extended family, and the farm that he and his brother Earle developed over the years.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, his wife Phyllis, his brother Earle, his sister Priscilla Finck, and his brother-in-law, Richard Finck. He leaves two sons, Matthew and his wife Brenda of Hadley; Thomas and his wife, Corrina of Christiana, PA; and his daughter, Karen of Windsor, CT; grandchildren Christopher and his wife Regina of Hadley; Katelyn of Worcester; Katherine and Hannah, both of Windsor, CT; Nolan and Quinn, both of Christiana, PA; sister-in-law Shirley Parsons of Hadley; brother-in-law Bruce Bean and his wife Joanne of Magalloway, ME; and sister-in-law, Nancy Eastman and her husband John of Warner, NH. Ken also leaves many nieces and nephews and their families.

The funeral will be held November 12 at 11 am at the First Congregational Church in Hadley. A reception will be held at the church immediately following, with private burial at a later date. Calling hours will be Friday, November 11 from 6 to 8 pm at the Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church in Hadley,102 Middle Street, Hadley, MA 01035 or to the Eastern States Exposition Foundation, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089