Robert P. Parrish

January 29, 1930October 30, 2020

Robert Paul Parrish, 90, of Ossian passed into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Friday, October 30, 2020. Bob was born on January 29, 1930, in Paulding, Ohio to the late Walter A. and Elizabeth (Aufrance) Parrish. Bob graduated from Paulding High School in 1947. He then went to work for the Fox Co., who soon sold out to Stokely. After the sellout Bob was sent to Tech School in Chicago, IL to become a closing machine service tech to maintain canning equipment. Upon completion of his Tech training, Bob joined the United States Air Force. After a year of training stateside he was sent to ETO in Germany, France, and Africa for three years. During this time he served as a Crew Chief on a B26. After his time in the military Bob came to Ossian to work for Bob Fox and later became a partner at Ossian Canning and Fox-Parrish Farms. In 1980, Bob worked as a Plant Manager for the Fremont Co. (Tomato Packing Plant) in Bluffton, Indiana. After his retirement in 1990, he returned to serve as Vice President of Corporate Production. On July 22, 1955 Bob married Kathryn “Sue” Grimes. Bob was a member of the Ossian Presbyterian Church, serving in various capacities. He enjoyed woodworking, making gifts for his friends, and building coat racks and cubbies for the church daycare. Bob was an avid sportsman. He loved guns, hunting, and fishing, often traveling to Michigan and Canada to go fishing. He could often be seen setting in his open garage waving and chatting with all who went by. He will be greatly missed. Bob is survived by his brother, Russell Parrish; and several nieces and nephews. Also preceding him in passing was his wife of 40 years, Kathryn “Sue”; and brother, Richard Parrish. A funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Friday, November 6, 2020 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home 120 W. Mill Street Ossian, Indiana 46777 with visitation beginning at 8:30am. Burial to follow service at Live Oak Cemetery in Paulding, Ohio. Contributions in Robert's memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Ossian, 123 S. Jefferson Street, Ossian, Indiana 46777.


  • Tom Woodward
  • Jeff Woodward
  • Steve Parrish
  • Stan Parrish
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Ted Martz

  • First Presbyterian Church of Ossian


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 6, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 6, 2020

  • Final Resting

    Friday, November 6, 2020

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Valerie Wilson Jackson

November 6, 2020

I had the chance to visit with Bob briefly at Ossian Health Care while my mom was a resident there. I knew I had heard my friend Max Middaugh mention him. Sure enough they shot together on Wednesday nights for years at the Conservation Club. Bob moved to Assisted shortly after our visit but I could tell he was a peach.

God bless you Bob. Enjoy your new home. 🙏🏻

Sally Springer

November 5, 2020

Oh, how I loved this man! I have so many memories of Bob and my dad, Bob Fox working together at the canning factory. My husband and I have had some special visits with Bob in these last few years. I thank all the people in Ossian who cared for Bob and gave him so much love, especially Ted. Great memories fill my heart!

jeff johnson

November 4, 2020

He will be missed.

Coralu Price-Pearson

November 2, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this. Bob was such a good person and so good to our family. Many fond memories of Bob and Sue.

Lonna and Donald Nelson

October 31, 2020

Was sorry to find out about Bob, my sister called me, he was a very wonderful person and had the highest respect for my mom which i am very grateful for,it didn't take long for him to become part of our family and he enjoyed coming to family gatherings and cookouts.
He will be truely missed by us and his friend Ted and his wife, my condolences to them


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