Longtime Parsons resident Hugh D. Ozier Jr., 95, died at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Parsons Presbyterian Manor.
Hugh Densmore Ozier Jr. was born on May 14, 1926 to Hugh Densmore and Pebble (Wilson) Ozier in Kansas City, Missouri. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Caps, Arkansas. He grew up and attended school in Harrison, Arkansas, where he graduated from high school. At 17, Hugh joined the United States Navy, serving his country in World War II.
In the early 1950s, after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, Hugh began working for JC Penney in Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Helen Ann Nugent, who worked as a window dresser. The couple married in 1953 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and moved to Parsons in 1954, where they have lived ever since. Hugh worked at Parsons JC Penney as Assistant Manager until his retirement in 1991. Over these many years he helped many people choose shoes and became known as the “Shoe Man”.
Hugh was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and after its closure he was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening and set up a farmer’s market in his front yard, selling tomatoes and strawberries. An avid sports fan, Hugh enjoyed watching the Royals, Chiefs, Vikings and Jayhawks. Another favorite pastime was fishing.
Survivors include his 69-year-old wife, Helen, of the home; six sons, William Ozier and his wife, Brenda, of Parsons, John Ozier and his wife, Mandy, of Paola, Paul Ozier and his wife, Sandy, of Parkville, Missouri, Robert Ozier of Lawrence, Thomas Ozier and his wife, Jennifer , of Baldwin City and James Ozier and his wife, Denise, of Altamont; three daughters, Becky Schulte and her husband, Dan, of Lawrence, Chrissy Kutz and her husband, Jim, of Parsons and Jane Burzinski and her husband, Bernard, of Shawnee; 22 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, William Ozier and his wife, Lois, of Gaither, Arkansas, and Leon Richardson and his wife, Giovanna, of Mesa, Arizona.
The rosary will be recited at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive the friends after the rosary. Interment of ashes will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Area Community Foundation to benefit the Parsons Arboretum. These can be left or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, PO Box 374, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences can be dropped off at www.forbeshoffman.com.