Wm. Everett Parnell June 4, 1953
The Pentwater Times Newspaper June 11, 1953 (excerpt)
Pentwater Firefighter Everett Parnell died from injuries suffered while fighting an early morning fire that practically destroyed the small home owned by Miss Vesta Russell near Pentwater Lake. Fire, set by lightning during a severe storm early Thursday morning, completely wrecked the interior of the home before being brought under control by the Pentwater Fire Department. It is thought the fire got quite a start before the Russells were awakened by the smoke and crackle of the flames. Damage was estimated by Fire Chief Judson Scovill at about $4,000.
Firefighter Parnell fell from a ladder while putting a hose in a second story window and received injuries which caused his death late the same afternoon in Oceana Hospital. In falling, Mr. Parnell sustained a skull fracture and never regained consciuosness. He was born January 11, 1910 in Weare Township. He served in the U.S. Army for 3 years beginning in 1928, and served as a Seebee during World War II in the South Pacific. He served as a Pentwater Firefighter before and after the War.
Firefighter Parnell is survived by his widow, two daughters, one son, five brothers, and three sisters. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, attended by members of the Pentwater Fire Department, North Weare Grange No. 1233 and Oceana Lodge No. 200 S.&A.M. Veterans of Eldon Chadwick Post No. 6017 V.F.W. were in charge of services at the interment in North Weare cemetery where honors were rendered by a firing squad and taps sounded by Marshall Simms and Eddie Bigelow.
Members of the Pentwater Fire Department serving as pallbearers were Judson Scovill, Maurice Kokx, Otho H. Graham, Otho R. Graham, Glenn Rought and Collins Gregwer.