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Oliver James Parish

October 1, 2020

Oliver James Parish, born on August 26, 1926 in Manchester England to Frank Parish and Elsie McKee, completed his journey here on earth on October 1, 2020, holding his wife’s hand.

As a young man he would preach on the street corners in England.  Oliver came to the United States when his friends collected the money necessary to allow Oliver to immigrate to study at Moody Bible Institute and pursue his calling to preach.  Oliver graduated from Moody Bible institute and dedicated his life to serving the Lord.

While at Moody, he met his wonderful wife Anita Ferwerda. Oliver and Anita were married on April 2, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. Together they served in Baptist churches for over 50 years.

Oliver is survived by his wife Anita of Newton Kansas, his son Robert Parish of Jersey Shore Pennsylvania, his daughters Susan Johnson of Sterling Kansas and Janet Befus of Farmington Minnesota.  Oliver and Anita were blessed with 10 grandchildren and  9 great grandchildren.

Well done, good and faithful servant of the Lord. Enter into the joy of your master. ( Matthew 25:23)

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, October 9, 2020, 2:00 pm, at Grace Community Church with Pastor Kyle Schanbacher officiating. We ask that those who attend please wear a mask and follow safe distancing guidelines.

Memorials are suggested to Kidron Bethel and may be sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, Kansas 67114.

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5 thoughts on “Oliver James Parish

  1. One of my dad’s greatest life lesson for me was to never let other people control me by becoming angry or upset by things they say or do about or to me. Instead, let God control my reactions and responses. Sometimes it took a while to put in practice, but the dividends were always worth it.

  2. He was my mentor and encourager for many years I have applied many things he taught me every day. When I would ask him a question he would give me a crooked grin pause and then give me his thoughts. He had a good sense of humor while staying at our house once I walked past the closed bathroom door and heard him coughing then start laughing I said are you ok he said yes then opened the door and told me without his glasses he picked up the preparation H instead of the toothpaste. I said are you ok he said yes but I think I shrunk my gums. Pastor and Anita showed us how a couple can work as a team loving and caring for each other they used there likes and differences to bring a closer bond every day. Christy and I thank God for their example . We give God the credit for putting them in our lives. I would have liked to his his face as he step through the gates of Heaven and seen that smile one more time. I guess I’ll have to wait till God takes me home. I pray for the peace that passes all understanding for Anita and family and want you to know you loved. Terry Bentz Sr

  3. I will always remember fondly Uncle Oliver, the warm welcome received when visiting America.

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