James Elvis Parten
September 29, 1941  -  September 27, 2017

James Elvis Parten

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Celebration of Life
HarperTalasek Funeral Chapel
503 N. Main St.
Belton, TX  76513
Saturday, September 30, 2017
2 p.m.
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I served in the Army.

James Elvis Parten, 75, of Belton passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at a local hospital.

He was born to the late L.M. & Celeste Parten in Hubbard Texas on September 29, 1941. He graduated from Mexia High School in May of 1959 and, thereafter, attended one year at Stephen F. Austin University studying Music. He joined the US Army in June 1960 until his retirement in March of 1983 with the rank of CWO3 (Chief Warrant Officer).

He was first sent to Vietnam as part of the 3rd Signal Battalion in June of 1962 and spent a total of 3 tours of duty there as well as Japan and West Germany where he met and married the late Anna Marie Westrich in April of 1966. After a tragic auto accident in 2000, he became care taker for her until her death in 2014.

He found love again and married Donna Marie Bodden in April of 2015.

He is survived by his wife Donna Bodden Parten; three children, Jennifer, Jonas and wife Laura and Jim and wife Christienne; and four grandchildren, Jacob, Parker, Anna Maria and Eli. One Sister, Janelle Travis, survives him with two other siblings pre-deceasing, Linda Rudasill and Joe Lloyd Parten.

Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday September 30, 2017 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Belton, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to your favorite charity.


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  1. Lisa Keis
    temple, TX

    Jenny, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Terry Greenhaw
    Austin, TX

    Very sorry for your loss.

  3. Gino and Jessie Castro
    Austin, TX

    Our deepest condolences to the family...Jenny, we never had the honor of meeting him, but through your beautiful and humorous stories, I felt I knew him. I can hear Roberta Flack playing in my head....

  4. Joel Garrison
    Temple, TX

    Prayers for you and family! Love you!jbg

  5. Darren Boyd
    Temple, TX

    So sorry for your loss.

  6. Wendy Crowe
    Austin, TX

    I am so sorry for y'all's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with y'all during this difficult time. Sending y'all love and light.

  7. Jeff & Amy Bickel
    Troy, TX

    Jenny- so sorry to hear about your daddy. You and your family are in our prayers. ❤️

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