OBITUARY

Richard A Parr

September 1, 1936February 16, 2021
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Richard Allen Parr, Age 84 passed away February 16, 2021. He was born on September 1, 1936 to Willard and Catherine Parr born and raised in the Belmont area. He was an athlete and enjoyed swimming and jumping off the high dive as well as track and field. He joined the Navy in 1956 and was stationed in Antarctica, and enjoyed a trip around the world on the Navy ship at 17 miles an hour. He held penguins in Antarctica and ate cheeky pies in New Zealand! He loved family, he loved being a child with all the grandchildren and he loved Jesus more than anything or anyone. He was a man of God! He was a glass engraver and made vinyl signage as well as working with his dad in tool and die at Dayton Gear before he went into the service. He ended up working for GM in Tool and Die at Harrison Radiator. During his retirement years he and Evelyn (Sam) would say get the keys, get the car, let’s go! And they traveled as much as possible. His humor and compassion will live on forever in all of us that love him! He is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn Parr, His sister, Alyce Crume (Howard) and Ray Parr (Arlene) as well as his children, Cheryl Bowens (Steve), Julie Hart (Erik), and Michael Parr and stepchildren, Timmy Smith, and Carla Wirth. Grandchildren, William and Katie Bowens, Jamie and Rachel Hart, Kayla, Karyn and Kale Parr, as well as step grandchildren, Angela and Jonathan Wirth, Jace McGullion and great step grandchild Clair Wirth. And special Niece, Chrissy Carter and her children, especially Bobby, Brianna and Christopher. Special thank you also to Crossroads Hospice and his personal nurses, Steve, Rae and Rachel. They went above and beyond with their compassion, skills and love! He was proceeded in death by his mother and father, Willard and Catherine, uncle, Albert Mull, and stepchildren, Matthew and Kyle Smith. Funeral service will take place at 11am on Monday, February 22, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Kettering, 3939 Swigart Road, Beavercreek, OH 45440. A visitation will take place from 10am until the time of service at the church on Monday. Burial will be held privately with family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Crossroads Hospice in Dayton.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, February 22, 2021

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Elias Moreno

February 20, 2021

Faye and Lee Moreno will always be thankful for knowing Richard and the courage he exhibited in facing his last days on this earth. We are thankful for Richard's enduring faith In Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We pray for God's comforting blessings on Evelyn and the family.

Arianna Idle

February 19, 2021

Anytime I was out with Richard, I was always with Faye, Christina. Brianna and more. Richard was the life of the party, always making jokes, silly faces, laughing, and having fun with the Snapchat filters with Brianna and I. He was such an amazing soul, always cared and put others first. If you needed something, he was there for you. Richard is very loved and will be dearly missed.

Stephanie Watkins

February 19, 2021

Cheryl, Steve, William, Katie and family
I am so saddened for your loss but also am rejoicing with your dad that he is now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What an amazing time he is having now!! Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you as you navigate this time of grieving. I love each one of you very much.
Stephanie <3
(Mike, Emma, Ellie and Teagen)

James Gifford

February 19, 2021

Richard was my key person in Sunday School class for, “inquiring minds want to know.” He always asked these deep, penetrating questions, and you could tell he gave it much thought. I loved his constant smile, even when he was in pain. Richard LOVED the LORD. The Bible says that believers who are absent from the body are present with the LORD. Richard is now safe and well in the presence of Jesus. And I am sure he’s asking a lot of questions.

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