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Kuiper Funeral Home

9039 Kleinman Road, Highland, IN

OBITUARY

Elmo A. Parlor

April 25, 1955May 28, 2019

Elmo Allen Parlor

Friends are invited to meet with the family Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a service immediately following at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road) Highland, IN. Bishop Kodiak Smith presiding. Burial will be held At Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Crown Point, IN. Mr. Parlor passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from a massive heart attack.

He is survived by his father James Parlor with whom Elmo resided and cared for; brother Jay (Beverly Turczi) Parlor; niece Ashley; nephew Michael; best friend Colleen (Conn) Sheets; aunt Clara Williams of Lake Village, IN; many many cousins and loving friends. He was preceded in death by his loving mother Delores (Douthett) Parlor, older brother Dale Parlor, and younger brother Jamie Parlor.

Elmo was a great lover of history, especially the Town of Highland, being a member of one of Highland's first families. He researched fervently; and a few years ago he discovered he had a forum to share his knowledge of Highland's inhabitants on Face Book. He was a member of the Community of Events Board, Historical Society Board. Back in the 70's Elmo received the calling from the Jerry Lewis Telethon and initiated a 24 hour baseball game that he held for five years. Elmo was an avid Cub's fan and only missed one convention. Elmo worked for Ultra Foods and then later for Walmart for almost 10 years. He retired in 2017. Elmo was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Please join us in celebrating his life.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 1, 2019

Memories

Elmo A. Parlor

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Wendie McKnelly

June 2, 2019

Thank you for sharing your love of Highland's history with so many of us. May you rest, in the arms of the angels.

Marcie Asher

June 2, 2019

I had the pleasure of growing up with the family as neighbors in Highland.Always good times with them all. When my mother passed away I came up from Arkansas and Elmo was there at the services. That meant so much to me.He recently added me to his Facebook group If you grew up in Highland. I don't think he really knew how much he meant to everyone. You will be missed by so many people. Rest in peace my friend.

Cathey Fitzgerald

June 1, 2019

I met this great person at work at Wal-Mart! He introduced himself as Elmo I thought he was kidding, but he wasn't ! He loved everything Elmo! One of our co-workers said have you ever seen Elmo do the chicken dance? I replied I didn't know Elmo could dance! She said come on let me show you, I said he's not going dance! My silly self she was talking about the toy! So anyway! I saw Elmo later that day and told him and he says do you want me to show you! We had a good laugh! REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN My Friend! My Deepest Sympathy To Mr. Elmo's Family!

Michael Raysses

May 31, 2019

Like what I suspect may be the case for many who read this, I don't think Elmo would have any sense that his passing has affected so many, so deeply. Yet we all know that's not the case at all.

Elmo hit his stride when he became the town of Highland's de facto historian. There was no bit of minutiae too small to escape his notice, his sense of wonder and pride. And I think it anchored him in a way that he didn't experience prior to immersing himself as he did.

And of course the irony of all of this is that as the result of his efforts to share the history he unearthed, Elmo has become a vital part of it. I know nothing would make him happier.

Rest in the peace you so richly deserve, Elmo.

Kathy Faulkner

May 31, 2019

My grandson Shawn and I first met Mr. Elmo at Walmart. Mr. Elmo always had a big smile for Shawn and greeted him very warmly. Shortly after, we found out that Mr. Elmo lived right down the street from the school that Shawn attends. We often saw him out taking care of his yard as we passed on our way home from school.
Mr. Elmo always, always had uplifting words for Shawn and encouraged our family to attend at the Highland Fourth of July Festival activities.
I’m deeply saddened to read that he died from a heart attack, his heart was huge and so full of kindness and caring for other people, especially special needs kids.
We miss you Mr. Elmo. Enjoy your Heavenly new home, and say “hi” to Shawn’s Grandpa.

Carole Donner

May 31, 2019

Elmo's kindness was genuine and brought a smile to everyone he met. My sympathy to his family at his passing.

Gayle Manassa

May 31, 2019

What a wonderful kind human being Elmo was and he loved Highland as so many of us do that grew up there . Best town ever 🌸❤️. RIP my dear friend. Keep up the great work in Heaven . 🌈🙏🏽💙

Darryl and Brandi Johnson

May 31, 2019

Elmo. You were truly such a great and loving friend to us. We could talk about anything and everything together. Pushing in carts and walmart, going on lunches together, the 4th of July parade in HIghland you made JR a part of. You always helped us when you could and were always such an amazing person. You will forever be missed. Rest in heaven Elmo. Fly high buddy.

Robert Baranowski

May 31, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Elmo in person only one time but chatting many times. We met at the Historical Society and his knowledge of Highlands history was second to none. A few years ago I created a facebook group hoping to get 50 to 75 people. It was originally for remembering growing up in Highland. Elmo found this group and with his extensive knowledge and love for Highland the group grew bigger than I could have imagined. I know that without Elmos help and knowledge this group would have not grown like this. Not only did we lose a friend but the Town of Highland lost its biggest fan. RIP my friend (I am a better person for having the pleasure of knowing you) and Tell Judith Johnson hello from me. I have no doubt you are already chatting with her about the history of Highland.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY