Dean Ellis Parsons

Dean Ellis Parsons of Eaton Rapids passed away April 4, 2023, with his family by his side. Dean was born in Eaton Rapids, April 24, 1947, the son of Wayne and Margaret (Gillette) Parsons. He was a 1965 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. Dean was drafted into the US Army where he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War for two years, earning several service medals including three Bronze Stars and a Sharp-Shooter Medal and was later transferred into the Army Reserves serving for several more years. He worked and retired from Owens Illinois in Charlotte. His hobbies included farming, cutting wood, mowing his lawn, hunting deer and turkey and in his younger years, ice fishing.
Dean is survived by his son, Dean (Angie) Parsons Jr., of Springport; daughter, Dede Parsons of Lansing; grandchildren, Dakota Keating, Derek (Julie McCormack) Keating; brothers, Wayne Parsons and Gayle (Shirley) Parsons; girlfriend of 24 years, Teresa Uhl; her four children and adopted grandchildren, Parker, Jameson and Sienna Barnett; eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tom Parsons and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel on Saturday, April 8, 2023, from 12-2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW National Home for Children. To leave online condolences for the family please visit our website,