Charles Albert Parmalee

June 29, 1937February 18, 2021

Kansas City, Kansas

Charles Albert Parmalee was born in Pierce City, Missouri on June 29, 1937 to Charles Arthur Parmalee and Wilma Belle (Albert) Parmalee. He passed away at the home on February 18, 2021. C.A. graduated from Girard High School in Girard, Kansas and went on to Pittsburg State University. He enlisted in the National Guard for three years and went into the Army Reserves where he retired after over 41 years of service. C.A. worked in various mechanic positions until he became a Highway Patrolman. He retired February 17, 1995.

Friends and family will always remember his love of racing. During his adventurous lifetime he raced a car at the drag strip, go-karts, motocross, remote control cars and flew remote control airplanes. C.A. and his wife, Carolyn, could be found at a race track most weekends. Lakeside Speedway was one of their favorite tracks to go to. He had a very impressive classic car collection over the years and loved hanging out at car shows and cruises. He will be remembered for his 1955 baby blue and white Chevrolet Convertible and his white 1969 Chevrolet pickup. C.A. and Carolyn enjoyed traveling in their rv’s traveling all over the country and sailing their sailboat at Perry Lake.

C.A. was preceded in death by his father Charles Albert Parmalee and mother Wilma Belle (Albert) Parmalee. Survivors include his wife Carolyn (Southard) Parmalee, sister Barbara Parmalee (Wilson), daughter Vicki (Parmalee) Holmgren, son Greg Parmalee, grandchildren Tiffany (Gabel) Sigler, Heather Gabel, step-grandaughter Lindsey Holmgren, Matthew Parmalee, Justin Parmalee, great grandchildren Davan and Daytan Stipancich, Ella, Adalynn, Isla, Blakely and Brantley Parmalee, step great grandchildren Roman, Presley, Kruze and Forde McKenzie.

The family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society (Pancreatic Cancer). A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.


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LaDona Schwertman

March 2, 2021

My heart is filled with sadness from hearing of CA's passing. I know what emptiness is left behind when I loved one is gone. My prayers are with the family and loved ones he has left behind.
The friendship CA had with my Dad goes beyond the ability for words to describe. It was the kind of friendship that many people long for. Between their love for cars, racing, and football there was always a good conversation to be had. CA was a genuine friend with a caring heart and I know he will be missed by many.

Larry Rice

March 1, 2021

Carolyn & Family, there are a tremendous amount of memories I & my family have of C.A. & all the family. From being neighbors on Tauromee, to dozens of trips to Pomme DeTerre lake, to him being "Ranger Smith" on Yogi Bear's pitcrew. I'll never forget that big smile he would frequently give just to make someone's day just a little better. There were times when C.A. & I would get a chance to be together, whether working on Pop's race car or going to I-70 Speedway in the 60 Vette, that I will always remember. We'll all miss him & his smile greatly. But we all know that Mom & Dad will now be able to be with C.A. to spend hours & hours just "benchracing". I & my family's hearts are with those loved ones C.A. has left behind.

Josh McKinney

March 1, 2021

I met CA at Checkered Flag RC Raceway. It was always fun to chat with him as I grew up in SE Kansas and attended Pittstate and was a automotive mechanic for 20 years as well.. So there was always that small town connection with him. He would give you the shirt off his back and help if you ever needed anything. Was a pleasure to have met and get to know him.

Ben Silk

February 28, 2021


Regina joins me in extending our sorrow for the loss of Charlie.
Back in the 60's & 70's I worked so closely with Charlie and
admired his dedication and professionalism on KHP. The last time
I visited with him was several years ago while he was still active
in showing the old cars at an Overland Park show. I have often thought about him as the years seemed to have gone-by much too quickly. Our sympathy to you and the family.

Ben & Regina Silk

Laynard Shearer

February 24, 2021

Carolyn and family,
I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time.
Charley was always one of the troopers in the Kansas City area that I could always depend upon. I had a great deal of respect for him both personally and professionally. He was a friend and fellow trooper that many will never forget. Rest in peace my friend.
Lanny Shearer LTC (Ret.) KHP