Jon Patrick Parman passed from this life on Monday, April 26, 2021.
He is survived by his wife, Melodie; children, Meghann Borum (James), Emily Oesterle (Nathan), and Stuart Parman (Rebecca Meyer); and grandchildren, Emmett and Moriah Borum.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 30 at First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City. Pastor Robert Ferris will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Friends can greet the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory.
Born on June 8, 1954 in Wichita, he was adopted by William and Betty Parman and subsequently raised and educated in Arkansas City.
He had a childhood filled with affection and adventure, highlighted by his stories of riding the rails of the Frisco line with his maternal grandfather, John Oran Jones. He attended a special program in the summer of 1969 at Andover Prep outside of Boston. Anyone who has heard his classic Eric Clapton story knows how much that time meant to him. He graduated from ACHS in 1972, after filling his time with football, wrestling, theatre, music and friends.
Jon attended the University of Kansas from 1973 to 1975 as a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. It was in Lawrence where he met his beloved wife, Melodie. He subsequently transferred to Oklahoma State University and graduated in December 1976 with a bachelor of science in business administration. He went on to become a certified public accountant in 1980 and was later named a partner in the firm of Parman, Tanner, Soule & Jackson, where he spent his entire career. He served on the KSCPA Federal and State Taxation Committee from 1986-87, 1992-95 and 1998-2002; KSCPA Board of Directors 1999-2004; and the KSCPA Education Foundation Board of Trustees from 2001-06.
Jon and Melodie were married May 6, 1978. They welcomed Meghann in 1980, Emily in 1983, and Stuart in 1988. Early in his childrens' lives he delighted in sharing and introducing them to his interests. With Meghann, he spent weekends in the duck blind and running their award-winning family Labradors in retriever trials. Emily was drawn into his wide-ranging love of music, becoming an avid lover of jazz and a musician in her own right. Stuart gained his love of film after countless hours spent watching Jon's favorites, including the entire John Wayne and James Bond catalogs.
Jon adored young people and was never happier than when the house was filled with his children's friends. He loomed large at cast parties and gatherings, and was extremely generous with his time and excellent listening skills. “Papa Jon” was best described by one of these now adult children in the following way, “If you're very lucky, the village that raises you includes adults who genuinely listen to you and treat you like what you say matters ... Jon was this adult for me.”
Jon was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Arkansas City and Heart of America Camino. He belonged to the Winfield Masonic Lodge 110 and the Scottish Rite. He served many civic roles throughout his life, including as secretary/treasurer of AC Industries, president of the Arkansas City Rotary chapter, treasurer of Slate Valley Sportsman’s Association, and a member of the Jayhawk Retriever Club and the Jaycees.
Jon was a voracious reader, aspiring writer and photographer, dedicated wood carver and blue-ribbon pit master. He devoured books on military history, in particular World War II and the Civil War, and was known to all who loved him as the “source of all trivial wisdom.” He loved the arts and worked pro bono for many arts organizations in Kansas and New York.
At the root, Jon was a beloved husband, father and friend. He was big hearted, alight with humor, ornery and complicated. He noted the passings of others, as we now note his.
A memorial is being established in Jon's name for a merit-based scholarship at Cowley College. Contributions can be made through funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.