Charles “Chuck” M. Parmenter
Feb. 1, 1929 – Sept. 2, 2018
Geraldine “Gerry” Cannon Parmenter
Sept. 22, 1930 – Jan. 26, 2019
Charles “Chuck” M. Parmenter passed away September 2, 2018, surrounded by his family.
Geraldine “Gerry” Cannon Parmenter passed away January 26, 2019, surrounded by her family.
Chuck was born February 1, 1929, in Royal, Nebraska, to Daniel and Pearl Parmenter, the third of four children. The Parmenter family left Nebraska during the Dust Bowl and moved to Alaska. Chuck graduated from high school in 1947 in Anchorage, Alaska. He attended Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon where he met Geraldine Cannon, who was visiting the campus during spring break of her senior year of high school in 1948. Chuck graduated from Multnomah in 1950.
Gerry was born September 22, 1930, in Los Angeles, California, to Hobart and Mattie Cannon, the second of two daughters. She graduated from high school in 1948 in Modesto, California. She graduated from Multnomah in 1951, and married Chuck on June 16, 1951, in Ceres, California.
Following their marriage, Chuck and Gerry moved to Copper Center, Alaska to begin an eight-year missionary ministry with Central Alaskan Missions. In 1959, the growing family moved to Ashland, Oregon. Chuck graduated from Southern Oregon College in 1961 with a teaching degree. Chuck taught elementary-aged children in Skamania, Evergreen and Portland Public Schools, retiring from Portland in 1992. Gerry stayed at home with their five children, and later worked part-time as a library clerk and church secretary. They were members of Wood Village Baptist Church in Wood Village, Oregon. Chuck and Gerry were married for 67 years.
Chuck is survived by his older sister, Margaret Parmenter Maurer; and his younger brother, Daniel Parmenter and his wife, Loita. Gerry is survived by her sister, Bonnie Cannon Williamson and her husband, Richard.
Chuck and Gerry leave behind five children: son, Ronald Parmenter and his wife, Diana; daughter, Sharon Parmenter Palmer and her husband, Dennis; daughter, Patricia Parmenter Foco and her husband, Tom; daughter, Kathleen Parmenter Grant; and son, James Parmenter; twelve grandchildren; and many, many great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be celebrated for Chuck and Gerry at 2 p.m. March 2 at Gresham Memorial Chapel officiated by Pastor Bill Ehmann. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Multnomah University or Kaiser Hospice.