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780 12th St. SW
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Le Mars, IA 51031
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Carol Parkinson

Carol Junior "CJ" Parkinson

Friday, September 8th, 1939 - Thursday, April 30th, 2020
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Carol Junior “CJ” Parkinson, 80, of St. Louis, Missouri died Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis Missouri from complications of Covid-19. Private family services will be held in Le Mars, Iowa.

Carol Junior Parkinson was born in Le Mars, Iowa to Carol and Myrtle (Thompson) Parkinson on September 8, 1939. He grew up in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1957. After getting his degree from Westmar College, he was the band director at Gehlen Catholic School and later Meridan-Cleghorn Schools.

In 1960, he married Virginia Huppe in Berthoud, Colorado. They had one daughter, Amy. In 1980, CJ moved to Forsythe, Missouri. He was later married to his second wife, Connie and they resided in St. Louis where CJ managed a health food store until his retirement.

CJ was a big band buff and an accomplished string bass player. He looked forward to baseball season and was an avid Dodger and Cardinal fan. He will be remembered for his humorous story telling. His faith in God and his teaching were a part of his life to the very end. In earlier years he started Bible studies which grew. This led, eventually, to the formation of the Le Mars Bible Church.

He is survived by daughter Amy of Longmont, Colorado; two sisters, Helen Vance and Jane (Richard) Schultz of Le Mars, Iowa. He will be lovingly remembered by six nephews, Gary, Tom, Dick, Kirk Vance and David and Alan Schultz; and one niece, Paula Schultz and many friends.

CJ was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Connie; and brother-in-law, Ken Vance.
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Joyce Johnson

Posted at 09:42pm
So sorry to learn of the loss of CJ. My sympathy to his family.

Sharon McCormick

Posted at 11:03pm
Dear Amy and Virginia,
I'm so sorry to learn about C.J.'s death. My memories of C.J. include the time he drove from LeMars to my home town in Cozad, NE to pick me up to take me to your (Virginia) wedding. I remember him as a kind person, but I did not know him very well. I also have a vague memory of you putting a note on his car (when you and I were roommates)...not sure why I remember that. Later I learned that your note to him said, "I really do love you, so now I have answered your question C.J." Amy I'm sorry you have lost your father. Losing a parent during COVID-19 seems to have a double whammy...because of the loss and then no opportunity to gather to remember with others. I pray that both of you are well during this sad time. Peace, Sharon McCormick

Randall Olson

Posted at 02:53pm
I also had the opportunity to have CJ as my band instructor at Meriden-Cleghorn High School. He was a wonderful instructor from 5th grade until he left. He had such a warm and tender heart as well as being a patient but stern teacher. He and my mother taught together at M-C for many years and she was very close and respected him so much. To all the Parkinson family thank you for sharing him with us all those years ago. " It is a gentle earth that rocks the fallen leaf to sleep" Rest in peace CJ.

Robert Jaminet

Posted at 10:10pm
Amy & Virginia,
Sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of need, I had Mr. Parkinson as the band director at Meriden-Cleghorn. Enjoyed him as an instructor, again, May God Bless you.

Robert Jaminet

Pamela Miller

Posted at 09:36pm

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