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Donald E. “Don” Parrish

May 20, 2016

Donald E Parrish, 83 went to be with Our Lord and Saviour , Friday May 20, in Schowalter Progressive Recovery Academy.


He was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, August 9, 1932. He grew up in Denver, Colorado, until joining the Army in 1953, 10th Inf. Div. Band Tng Unit, at Fort Riley earning a Honorable discharge in 1955. Don spent most of his time helping his Uncle Jesse and Aunt Flora Morgan on their farm East of Burns. He was a member of Burns United Methodist Church. On December 26th 1953, he was united in marriage to Laverna Puckett in Engelwood, Colorado and she survives. They made their homestead on the same beautiful farm near Burns, until retirement to Schowalter Villa in 2010.


Don had many talents to mention a few: musician, plumber, farmer, butcher and maintenance man. He was also father to James (Theresa ) Parrish of Fayetteville, Ark., David (Joni) Parrish of Wichita, Timothy (Kathy) Parrish of Moundridge, and Kathryn(Larry) Hoelscher of Newton.

Don enjoyed hunting, helping his community, spending time with his family. He had a wonderful sense of humor, we will miss him and his laugh.


Don is also survived by his sisters Patricia Parrish Hugley, Carol (Gregg) McClure, and brother Carl Parrish.   12 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents Nona and Frank Parrish.


A celebration of life will be held June 6th 2016, at Schowalter Villa Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Interment with military honors following at the Burns City Cemetery. Memorial Funds have been designated for the Schowalter Villa Chaplains Fund in care of Petersen Funeral Home 215 North Main Newton, Kansas 67114

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2 thoughts on “Donald E. “Don” Parrish

  1. Dear David and Family,
    We are so sorry about your father’s passing…We had good times with he and your mom at
    the lake and also at your home in Wichita…Your dad was special to us and always seemed to be so happy to be with you and your fabulous family….May God hold all of you tight in his arms.

    Our love,
    Heather and Patrick Coulter

  2. Rest Donald, until you hear at dawn,
    the low, clear reveille of God.

    Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Army.

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