Bernard Hugh Parton

Bernard Hugh Parton, 85, a longtime resident of Leavenworth, died Friday April 27, 2018 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.
Hugh was born on April 24, 1933 at Dandridge, Tennessee to Bernard and Zelma (Snyder) Parton. Hugh had two sisters, Irene Ruth born in Sevier, Tennessee and Imojean born at Dandridge, Tennessee. In 1936, the family moved to Brewster where Hugh’s brother Roy was born. In 1941, they moved to Leavenworth where Hugh attended school and enjoyed playing football, baseball, basketball and track, graduating in 1951. After graduating, Hugh attended Central Washington College of Education (CWU) until proudly enlisting in the United States Army. He served two years with 18 of those months in Korea. On February 7, 1953 he married Eileen Kelly and they later had four children, Mary, Suzie, Robert and B.T. In 1955, Hugh started logging. He later owned and operated for many years Hugh Parton Trucking which later became Hugh Parton & Sons Trucking that they ran out of the family home. After selling his trucks, he drove truck for his nephew Darrel until 2012. Hugh and Eileen divorced in in 1980. Hugh married Colleen Franklin in May of 1981 and they spent many happy years focusing on their shared love and the love of home and family until her death in July of 1994. Hugh has spent the last several years with his companion Jude Allen Blessing.
Hugh was a hard worker and a strong supporter of the athletics Grizzlies and later the Kodiaks Booster Clubs and was also a member of the VFW and Lions Club. Hugh loved hunting with his sons and grandsons, was a diehard Mariners fan and loved watching Gonzaga Basketball. Hugh was happiest surrounded by his family and friends in the home on the Wenatchee River that he raised his family in and was the playground for so many.
Hugh is survived by his children, Mary, Suzie, Robert and B.T.; daughter-in-law, Sara Parton; Brother, Roy (Fay) Parton; sister Imojean Martensen; Proud grandfather of 16, Vanessa, Mallory, Ally, Molly and Mark LoPriore, Savannah and Sierra Myers, Nick, Hannah Jo and Tyler Parton, Tristin, Maddy, Ashley, Braeden, Makenzie joy and Allison Mae Parton; great grandchildren, Isabella, Anthony, Lucia and Everett also many extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Zelma (Snyder) Parton; wife, Colleen and his sister, Irene Ruth Housden.
A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the family home at 2 p.m. located at 9704 East Leavenworth Road, Leavenworth and a graveside service will be held at the Mt. View Cemetery on Monday May 14, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cascade Kodiaks Booster Club in Hugh’s name.
Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth in in charge of the arrangements.

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