Former Kenai resident Leslie (Butch) Gordon Parling III died unexpectedly in Tehachapi, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003. He was 59.
Memorial services will be held at the American Legion Post No. 50 in Iron Mountain, Mich., on Feb. 7. Graveside services will be June 5 in Sandlake, Mich. Pederson Funeral Home will officiate. A social hour will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. June 5 at the Kenai Peninsula Moose Lodge No. 1942 and American Legion Post No. 176 in Huntsville, Ala., for friends to share in a final toast to life.
Mr. Parling was born July 11, 1944. He enlisted in the Navy and, upon his discharge in 1967, became a deputy sheriff for the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Department before moving to Kenai with his family in 1976. He was employed by the Baker Oil Tool Company for 15 years and in 1999 he moved to Norway, Mich. He was an avid wildlife enthusiast. He graduated from the Mountain Rocky School of Photography in 1995.
Mr. Parling was a member of American Legion Post No. 176 and Moose Lodge No. 1007, both in Huntsville.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta, of Milwaukee, Wis.; his daughter, Francine (Nikki) Parling and her long-term boyfriend, John Stueland, of St. Paul, Minn.; his stepdaughter, Carolyn, and her husband, Corey Shebesta, of Milwaukee, Wis.; grandchildren, Krystal and Kyle Shebesta; his brother, Leon Parling; sisters, Florence and her husband, Richard Recla, and Joan and her husband, Henry Bloomfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to local American Legion posts or Moose Lodges for their scholarship funds. Mr. Parling also had a great appreciation for eagles, and memorials may also be sent to The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center, 1920 Fitch Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home in Sandlake, Mich.
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