Kenneth “Ken” Audie Parrett of Jefferson City, Missouri was born February 13, 1958 in Rolla, Missouri to Jeffrey Glenn Parrett and Kathleen Burch and passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at the age of 61 years.
He attended high school in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Ken earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from William Woods University.
He served honorably in the U.S. Army stationed in different areas of the world from 1975-1997 including serving in Desert Storm and retiring as First Sergeant.
Ken served as director of the Jackson, Missouri Chamber of Commerce from 1998-2004; director of the Poplar Bluff, Missouri Chamber of Commerce from 2004-2007; the Moniteau County (MO) Economic Development Commission; and taught business courses at William Woods University from 2004-2014 and Columbia College from 2009-2018 which he loved doing.
He also wrote articles in the Waynesville and Jackson newspapers sharing his experiences of the military and later published a book. Ken enjoyed playing golf and working cross word puzzles in his spare time.
Ken married Judy Wilson of Cape Girardeau, Missouri on March 28, 1998.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Adam Parrett (fiancée Trishia Emick) of St. James, Missouri and Bryan (Stacy) Parrett of Godfrey, Illinois; daughter, Jenna (David) Carter of Cook Station, Missouri; stepson, Sidney (Cassandra) Miller of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; sister Pauline (Chuck Knapp) Crews of Vichy, Missouri; stepmother, Florence Parrett of Mesquite, Nevada; mother-in-law, Donna J. Wilson of Jefferson City, Missouri; 12 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; his dog, Stella; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Pastor Sam Roethemeyer officiating. Memories were shared by friend, David Hitt. Special music of “An American Trilogy,” “The Dance,” “When I Get Where I am Going” and “Go Rest High” was played.
Committal prayer and interment with full military honors were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Ft. Leonard Wood State Veteran’s Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Adam Parrett, Bryan Parrett, David Carter, Logan Carter, Jeremiah Parrett and Tyler Parrett.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.