Roland E. 'Parce' Parcel
Roland E. "Parce" Parcel, 87, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Oct. 17, 2005, at Concordia Care Center in Bella Vista. He was born Nov. 24, 1917, in Perry, Iowa, to George Parcel and Inez Parcel.
He attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and learned to fly in the Civil Pilot Training program, earning his private and instructor's licenses. He attended United Airlines Training School and became a captain for the line flying east and west from a Chicago domicile. During World War II, he served as a captain in the Air Transport Command, flying men and material to Australia.
After the war, he bought an oil bulk plant in Aberdeen, S.D., selling petroleum products and automobile tires. During this period, he owned his own plane for business trips and also flew some mercy missions, flying patients to distant hospitals, etc. He served on bank and hospital boards, on professional baseball farm-club committees and on the South Dakota Aeronautics Commission. He was a member of the Yelduz Shrine Club of Aberdeen.
After retiring to Arkansas, he raised exotic Swiss cattle, winning prizes at the Missouri State Fair. He was a member of the Bella Vista Community Church and a 20-year member of Crime Watch. He enjoyed playing golf and fishing the lakes of northwest Arkansas,
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Perry, Iowa.
Arrangements were by the Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory.
Keith M. Porlier
Keith M. Porlier, 78, of Sugar Land, Texas, formerly of Bella Vista, Ark., died Oct. 13, 2005. He was born Aug. 25, 1927, in Jackson, Mich., to Keith McKay Porlier Sr. and Donna Young Porlier.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was employed by Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company for 40 years, retiring in 1984 as the manager of human relations.
He was a member of the Bella Vista Art Club, Bates Art Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Methodist Men's Club of the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista. He was an artist and enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Marilyn Harper Porlier; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley and Beth, and Brent and Cassie; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheree and Daniel; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Catherine Phillips and Elaine Woodworth.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Mildred Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2425 Fountain View, Suite 280, Houston, TX 77057, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garmany and Carden Funeral Directors Inc. of Rosenberg, Texas.
Jay Lloyd Stocks
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired as a Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service in 1978. He was a member of the Kingsdale Squares, Bella Vista Round Dance Club, TNT Round Dance Club, H & H Bowling League, NARFE 1547 and AARP.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Miriam C. Stocks of Bella Vista, Ark.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Randall J. Stocks and Anne Stocks of Little Rock, Ark., Timothy R. Stocks and Julie Stocks of Howell, Mich., and Alan J. Stocks and Jill Stocks of Franklin Park, Ill.; one sister and brother-in-law, Carol A. Haerr and Louis Haerr of Naperville, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Oct. 25 at the church with the Rev. David M. Fleming and the Rev. Wayne Bartruff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista or the American Heart Association at the Memorial Processing Center, American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, Kan. 66601-1653.
Richard James Strayer
Richard James Strayer, 76, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Oct. 19, 2005, at McDonald County Nursing Home in Anderson, Mo. He was born Feb. 4, 1929, in Burt Township, Iowa, to Glenn Jacob Strayer and Wilma Bertha Zentner Strayer.
He moved to Bella Vista in January 1994. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista. He did volunteer work for the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Channel 16. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9063 and Bentonville/Bella Vista Masonic Lodge 56.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lois A. Strayer; a son and daughter-in-law, Rex Alan Strayer and Lisa Strayer of St. Joseph, Mo.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Pati Jones and Owen Jones, and Lori Dye and Gary Dye, all of St. Joseph, and Wilma Stanton and Richard Stanton of Faucett, Mo.; a brother, Glenn Ray Strayer of Algona, Iowa; local cousins, Dewey and Anita Zentner of Bentonville, Ark.; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Oct. 22 at the McDonald County Nursing Home in Anderson, Mo., with the Rev. Tracy Evans.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McDonald County Nursing Home, 1000 Patterson Street, Anderson, MO 64831, to furnish a family room in his memory.
Arrangements were by the Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory.
Florence E. McCorkle Wilkerson
Florence E. McCorkle Wilkerson, 71, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Oct. 19, 2005, at Highland Health Care in Bella Vista. She was born March 22, 1934, in Mineral Springs, Ark., to Joe McCorkle and Willie Zula Jeanes McCorkle.
She graduated from high school in Hope, Ark. She served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1974. She and her husband moved to Bella Vista in 1995.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Gilbert R. Wilkerson; a stepdaughter, Andrea Wilkerson of Salida, Colo.; two brothers; and three sisters.
Graveside funeral services were held Oct. 21 at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark., with military honors provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9063 of Bella Vista.
Edward G. "Ed" Bremberger
Edward G. Bremberger, 75, died Dec. 16, 2004, in Milwaukee, Wis.
A former Bella Vista resident, he is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia (nee Cleary), four sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Rita, Patrick and Carol, Joe and Linda and Jim and Wendy; daughter and son-in-law Mary Kay and Doug Lang; brother Frank and sisters Elizabeth Ulrich, Rodrick (Rose) and Paula Munson, Elaine and Don Podewils, other brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A mass was held Dec. 20 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Wis. and burial was at Wisconsin Memorial Park.
Arthur F. Goettler
Arthur F. Goettler, 87, of Rogers, Ark., died Dec. 23, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 23, 1917, in Glencoe, Ill., to Martin Goettler and Christina Beinlich Goettler.
He attended St. Bernards Catholic Church in Bella Vista, Ark., where he was a member of the Men's Club. He was a member of the Bella Vista 9-Hole Golf Association and the Bella Vista FlyTyers. He enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Pat Endecott and Ed Endecott of Rogers, and Carol Myers of Chicago, Ill.; a grandson, Chris Endecott; and two great-grandchildren, Kirstin Endecott and Kourtney Endecott.
A memorial service was held Dec. 30 at the Oakley Chapel United Methodist Church in Rogers with the Rev. Jim Keith.
Cremation arrangements are by Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers.
Memorials may be made to the Oakley Chapel United Methodist Church, 3920 W. Walnut, Rogers, Ark. 72756.