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Obituary for Don E. Parrish
Don E. Parrish, age 84, of Caldwell, Ohio, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at Genesis Good Samaritan Medical Center, Zanesville, Ohio. He was born August 15, 1924, in Caldwell at the home of Nellie and Lee Parrish. He was a 1942 graduate of Caldwell High School, and he was a WWII Army veteran, having fought at Luzon and Rhineland, and receiving an honorable discharge. He was fond of saying ?I?ve been around the world and done it all.? He was retired as a steel worker from the former Clevite Graphite, later the Dana Corporation Plant in Caldwell, where he was a Graphite Union leader president. He was also a retired beef, crop, and dairy farmer, and was one of the last milk delivery services in Noble County. He retired from farming in order to contribute toward his community?s economy by donating what he felt his forefathers would want him to. He donated his livestock, his farm equipment, and half of his farm. He was a 50 year member of the Sharon Lodge #136, F&AM, a past commander and member of the Caldwell VFW Post #4721, a member of the American Legion Post #52, and a member of the Noble County Farm Bureau. He was also a member of the Caldwell United Methodist Church. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Irene Parrish, whom he married November 15, 1946, and who died May 5, 1996; an infant daughter; two sisters, Eleanor Parrish and Nellie Beckett; and three brothers, Earl, Ivan, and Charles Parrish. Surviving are his children, Don E. ?Skip? (Geraldine) Parrish, Jr. of Walkerton, Indiana, William (Jennifer) Parrish, Mark (Romona) Parrish, Ivan (Kristina) Parrish, and Marcia L. Kirkbride, all of Caldwell, and Patricia I. Penn of Zanesville; his twin sister, Donna Fogle of McConnellsville; a step-sister, Betty Sayre Merry of Gallipolis; a step-brother, Robert Sayre of Caldwell; 14 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday, March 20, 2009, from 2-4 and 6-8PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, where the funeral service will be held Saturday, March 21st at 2PM with Pastor Terry ?T.J.? Schmelzenbach officiating. A military graveside service will follow at Sharon Cemetery conducted by the Noble County Veteran Services Organization. Masonic services will be held Friday evening at 7PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Cemetery, c/o Judy Baker, 15023 SR 78, Caldwell, Ohio, 43724, or to the Parrish Covered Bridge Fund, c/o Beth Chandler,42186 Rich Valley Road, Caldwell, Ohio, 43724.