Harold D. Parsons, 81, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died January 1, 2020 in Gothenburg.

He was born January 26, 1938 in Cozad, NE, son of Herbert and Freda (Buss) Parsons.

Harold grew up in the Cozad and Willow Island area. He attended rural schools at Cozad.

On February 6, 1956 he married Lorene Tunison at Lexington to this union four children were born Patsy, Peggy, Chris and Cheryl. In March of 1956 he joined the US Navy and served his country in California, Hong Kong, Hawaii and Japan. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to the Cozad area. The family lived at Maxwell, Gothenburg, and Cozad. He lived in Cozad and made that his home until his last few years when he moved to Gothenburg. Harold spent many years working at the hay mill, COOP, and Monroe’s in Cozad. He enjoyed making things with his hands, welding and spending time with horses. His family was his pride and joy and he cherished time with them. Harold was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Cozad.

Survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Lorene M. Parsons of Gothenburg, NE, four daughters, Patsy (Kenneth) Barta Nichols of Cozad, NE, Peggy (and the late Warren) Rice of Kearney, NE; Chris (Jerry) Sabin of North Platte, NE; Cheryl (Troy) Oelkers of Cozad, NE; three brothers, Larry (Connie) Parsons of Great Bend, KS; Gene (Shirley) Parsons of Cozad, Dick Parsons of Gothenburg; 20 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren; three brothers-in-law Bob Parrett, Frank (Pat) Tunison, and Russell (Danielle) Tunison all of Cozad, many nieces and nephews along with other extended family members and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lucille Parrett, Sharon Carpenter Weeder; six brothers, Melvin Parsons, Don Parsons, Dwayne Parsons, Kenneth Parsons, Ronald Parsons, Raymond Parsons; two son-in-laws, Edward Barta, Jr., husband of Patsy; Warren Rice, husband of Peggy; sister-in-law, Violet Hayes; in-laws, Sylvester & Mable Tunison; brother-in-law, LeRoy Tunison.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, January 9, 2020, 1-8 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, January 10, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow in the Fort Mc-Pherson National Cemetery, Maxwell,