John William Parsley, 84, of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at UTMB Hospital. He was born to Walter J. and Mary Gallagher Parsley on December 17, 1925, in Galveston, Texas. John requested that his remains be cremated and his ashes scattered in the Gulf of Mexico. Also as per John’s request there will be no service.
John was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Florence Parsley Krenek; brothers, Walter J. Parsley, Jr. and Patrick T. Parsley; nephew, Paul Krenek; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Perussina.
John is survived by his closest friend and beloved wife of 58 years, Margurite Perussina Parsley; sister-in-law, Rose Perussina Zapp and husband, Lee Otis Zapp, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Katye Parsley and Mary Ann Parsley; nieces, Heather Anderson and husband, Doug; Mary Elizabeth Blount and husband, Ronnie; Patricia Keleman and husband, Ronnie; and Renee Krenek; nephews, Lee George Zapp and wife, Linda; John J. Parsley and wife, Maggie; Walter G. Parsley; Kevin Zapp; Eric Zapp and wife, Heather; as well as numerous grand nieces and nephews.
John attended parochial schools in Galveston and graduated from Kirwin High School in 1943, where he was Co-Captain of the 1942 football team. He volunteered for the US Marine Corps in 1943, after high school, and served overseas in the south and central Pacific areas during World War II. After receiving his honorable discharge, John worked as an air conditioning serviceman. In 1953, he entered Texas A&M College Station and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Carrier Air Conditioning Corp. hired him to work in their Syracuse, NY headquarters. John worked for Carrier in several design, engineering and sales positions for 18 years. After leaving Carrier, he worked for several other air conditioning companies and later retired from UTMB, having served as Superintendent of Air Conditioning. John enjoyed his retirement, traveling, fishing, gardening, and riding his bicycle on his beloved Seawall.
John’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at UTMB Galveston. The professional, compassionate care they provided gave John and his family great comfort.