Rex F. Parish

Rex F. Parish

Birth
Greentown, Howard County, Indiana, USA
Death
10 Sep 2014 (aged 74)
Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, USA
Burial
Fishers, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA
Plot
Mausoleum: Chapel of Peace Section: CC Tomb: 30
Memorial ID
135741772 View Source

MUNCIE – Rex F. Parish, 74, passed away in the early morning on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Signature Healthcare of Muncie after a prolonged battle with cancer. His loving family was by his side.

Rex was born at home in Greentown, IN on May 26, 1940, the son of Edward Shannon Parish and Martha Ellen Duncan Parish. Rex was a 1958 graduate of Pike High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1962 from Indiana Central University (now, University of Indianapolis). He was a member of the Indiana National Guard from 1965 to 1971.

Rex was a member of the Oakland Masonic Lodge #140, F. & A.M. and the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite. Before retirement in 2000, his career as a veterinary pharmaceutical representative spanned 35 years. He enjoyed being outdoors, fruit and vegetable gardening, walking through the woods and any activity involving manual labor. He was fond of saying that he was born 100 years too late, as he believed he was fit for an earlier age. Rex was proud of his farming heritage and knowing that he was the last generation to grow up living without indoor plumbing and relying on an outhouse - complete with the Sears catalog. He remained a lifelong student and was an avid reader of science and history particularly the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a grade school Hamilton county spelling bee champion, he also enjoyed expanding his vocabulary and perusing the dictionary.

He enjoyed classical music from the romantic period particularly Liszt and Wagner although Khachaturian’s Spartacus – Spartacuksen ja Phrygian Adagio held a special spot for him. Rex was a pianist who could play “by ear” and able to work out how to play any tune he might hear. Rex never met a stranger and could make almost anybody laugh with his wit and self-deprecating demeanor.

Rex is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dianne (Souther) Parish of Muncie; his two children, Eric Parish (Melisa) of Port Orchard, WA and Heather Funk (Tony) of Muncie; his grandchildren, Kyra, Evan and Anya Parish of Port Orchard, WA; his siblings, Richard Parish (Ingrid) of Pittsboro, NC, Jean Woodhouse (Robert) of Fortville and Fred Parish (Phyllis) of Menomonee, WI; his pet cats, Beauregard and Sugar and man’s best friend, Jack.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Jane Lunsford Christy.

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MUNCIE – Rex F. Parish, 74, passed away in the early morning on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Signature Healthcare of Muncie after a prolonged battle with cancer. His loving family was by his side.

Rex was born at home in Greentown, IN on May 26, 1940, the son of Edward Shannon Parish and Martha Ellen Duncan Parish. Rex was a 1958 graduate of Pike High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1962 from Indiana Central University (now, University of Indianapolis). He was a member of the Indiana National Guard from 1965 to 1971.

Rex was a member of the Oakland Masonic Lodge #140, F. & A.M. and the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite. Before retirement in 2000, his career as a veterinary pharmaceutical representative spanned 35 years. He enjoyed being outdoors, fruit and vegetable gardening, walking through the woods and any activity involving manual labor. He was fond of saying that he was born 100 years too late, as he believed he was fit for an earlier age. Rex was proud of his farming heritage and knowing that he was the last generation to grow up living without indoor plumbing and relying on an outhouse - complete with the Sears catalog. He remained a lifelong student and was an avid reader of science and history particularly the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a grade school Hamilton county spelling bee champion, he also enjoyed expanding his vocabulary and perusing the dictionary.

He enjoyed classical music from the romantic period particularly Liszt and Wagner although Khachaturian’s Spartacus – Spartacuksen ja Phrygian Adagio held a special spot for him. Rex was a pianist who could play “by ear” and able to work out how to play any tune he might hear. Rex never met a stranger and could make almost anybody laugh with his wit and self-deprecating demeanor.

Rex is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dianne (Souther) Parish of Muncie; his two children, Eric Parish (Melisa) of Port Orchard, WA and Heather Funk (Tony) of Muncie; his grandchildren, Kyra, Evan and Anya Parish of Port Orchard, WA; his siblings, Richard Parish (Ingrid) of Pittsboro, NC, Jean Woodhouse (Robert) of Fortville and Fred Parish (Phyllis) of Menomonee, WI; his pet cats, Beauregard and Sugar and man’s best friend, Jack.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Jane Lunsford Christy.

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