Garry L. Parrish

Garry L. Parrish

Garry passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Garry L. Parrish was born to James and Naomi (Punches) Parrish on June 8, 1946 along with his identical twin brother, Larry in Plainwell, Michigan. He was a 1964 Otsego High School graduate and a lifelong resident of the area. Garry was in the U.S. Army in the 196 Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam in 1967-1968. He worked at a retail store for 43 years retiring in 2006. Garry was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and was commander for 1 year and Quartermaster for several years. He loved his post very much and tried to do all he could for it. He helped to start the fish fries several years ago and had worked at the Allegan County Fair for 25 years helping the post.

On May 8, 1970 he married Teresa “Terri” Breck who survives.

Garry had 4 children, Tracie Parrish of Wayland, Garry Parrish Jr. of Plainwell, Chad (Kathy) Parrish of Plainwell and Michelle (Jim) Murphy of Plainwell who all survive.

Garry had 5 grandsons, Anthony and Kevin Parrish both of Tennessee, Austin Parrish of Otsego and Mike and Jared Murphy of Plainwell who all survive.

Also surviving are his siblings, Bob (Nancy) Parrish and Jack (Judy) Parrish; sisters-in-law, Barb Parrish and Jackie Parrish; brothers –in-law, Jim Ellinger and Jerry (Diana) Clason and his dog, Kaley who was his baby girl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in –law, father-in-law and siblings, Jean Ellinger, Jim Parrish and Larry Parrish.

His life’s journey carried him back to God’s side and he had a desire to learn so much more. He spent several years at the First Baptist Church of Otsego.

Garry loved spending time with his brothers having coffee and sharing stories. He also loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandsons.

Friends may meet Garry’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018 with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Garry may be made to First Baptist Church of Otsego or Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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  1. Tonia Forney (Leonard) says:

    Mom and kids,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You are all im my heart and prayers at this difficult time. It was such a pleasure knowing and working with Dad at Harding’s. He will be missed by everyone. I love you all.

  2. Agnes Vanarsdal says:

    Terri and Family,
    I am so very very sorry. May God’s grace be with all of you during this difficult time.
    Hugs and love,
    Agnes ( Schmitt) Vanarsdal

  3. Sharon (Burroughs) Thompson says:

    I was a childhood friend, neighbor and classmate of Garry and Larry. My condolences to the family.

  4. Amy Fuller says:

    Tracie I am very sorry to hear about your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Sue Hughes Hopper says:

    I wanted to tell all if you how Sorry I am. And your all in my Prayers.

  6. Ron and Nancy (Rice) Feniger says:

    Terri and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  7. Brenda Pride says:

    Terri and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss, may God be over you and guide you through this time of sorrow. I will be thing of you and praying for you

  8. Sandy (Town) Scott says:

    Terri & Family, I’m sorry for your loss. God Bless All of You.

  9. Gwen Jameson says:

    Terri and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all.

  10. Joy chase says:

    Terri and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and brother.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Joy Merrill Chase

  11. Sue Lindsey says:

    Terri and family….so sorry to hear of Garry’s passing…My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time…..keep the memories close….Hugs and much love to you all….

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  13. Darl and Joyce Gilliland says:

    Dear Terri, Tracie, Garry, Chad and Michelle,
    Such a great guy and such a loss for all of you. We’re praying for comfort and peace during this difficult time. Hold your memories close to your heart and remember how much you are loved.

  14. Jessica Fink says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Garry was always super nice to me. Sending you all love and prayers in this difficult time.

  15. Pat Filkins says:

    Terri and family, I was so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. I hope your memories will help you thru this difficult time.

  16. Carrie green says:

    Sorry to hear about Garry what a nice guy that I know from Harding’s in otsego my prayers to you all I just lost my husband Randy green to cancer Jan 1 2018 God bless Carrie green

  17. ~Bill and Janice Thompson says:

    Terri and Family,
    Our deepest, most sincerest condolences to everyone. Though we know heaven has welcomed a very special person, our hearts still feel the sorrow. With sympathy and loving prayer.

  18. Kathleen Fisher says:

    Terri, Tracie, Guy, Chad, and Shelly. Although dad can’t be there to support you he and I are both thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap His loving arms around you and grant you peace and comfort. Love you all. Lloyd and Kathi

  19. MaryAnn Stratton says:

    Our sincerest condolences for your loss Terri and family. What a comfort it is to know Gary and Larry are once again together in Heaven with their Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord and many thanks to Gary for his faithful service in U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. Our prayers are with you Terri, Michelle and the whole family. Phil & MaryAnn Stratton, and our daughter Jennifer White

  20. Mrs. Jim (Patti) Hewitt says:

    So sorry to learn of this. May time heal your heart and precious memories comfort your soul..

  21. Tom&Robin Moran says:

    Terry and family we are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. We always enjoyed being around him. He will be missed.

  22. Marlita Walker says:

    May God’s comfort and love surround you as you walk through the difficult days ahead.
    Marlita Knight Walker

  23. Karen (Case) Mulder says:

    Terri, I’m so sorry to hear about Garry, Prayers for you and your family. We know he is with his loved ones in Heaven. No more pain and suffering. God bless you All. He was such a super, fun, caring Guy. It was a great pleasure knowing him.

  24. Tom and Robin Moran says:

    Terri we are so sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.

  25. Don and Shirley Brown says:

    Dear Parrish Family, So sorry for your loss may God comfort and give you peace. Thinking of you with prays for the difficult days ahead.

  26. Joel and Lauri Krueger says:

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Garry. He was a good man and will be missed by many. Joel and I send our love to you all. XO

  27. Lynn Bronkema says:

    Dear Terri and Family So Very Sorry for your lost of Garry . I was so surprised to hear this. My thoughts and Prayers are with you and I wish you and yours comfort and peace to help you through this difficult time. My God Bless you and your family. Lynn Bronkema

  28. Shirley Myers says:

    So sorry to here of your loss my thoughts and prays go out to you

  29. Shirley Myers says:

    So sorry to here of your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  30. Becky Pearson says:

    Michelle and Tracie, I am so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  31. Tim and Laurie Andrus says:

    Our hearts are saddened at the passing of Garry. Please know that we are praying for comfort for you and your family as you move through this very difficult time. May your memories help keep you strong.

  32. Chuck and Cheryl Buchino says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God hold and comfort you during this difficult time. His presence will be with us. He will be missed. But he will always be in your heart.

  33. Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut says:

    I’m so sorry to learn of Garry’s passing. I worked with Garry and Larry at Harding’s in 1964-1965. We always had fun and yet did our jobs! Both boys were characters! I have wonderful memories of them.

    May your memories help you through the difficult times. RIP Garry!

  34. Tina Harper says:

    Terri, Tracie, Garry, Chad & Shel
    I’m so sorry to hear about Garry, just know that you all are in my thoughts & prayers….

  35. Dave Delemme says:

    WE at American Legion Post 84 of Otsego, send our thoughts and prayers to the entire Parrish Family members. We give a long slow salute of respect to Gary for his service during time of war in Vietnam. Gary was a veterans who cared about his family, his community, and other veterans. He strongly supported his VFW Post with their many programs and functions. God Bless you Gary, and may GOD hold you near.
    Dave Delemme
    Post 84 Adjutant for the
    Francis E. Sanders Post 84 of Otsego.

  36. Ron & Gail (Foster) Tutewiler says:

    Terri & Family, so sorry to hear of Garys passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  37. Michelle Murphy says:

    Daddy, I still can’t believe you’re gone!! I miss you so much!! I love you Forever and Always!! ❤️❤️
    Love, Shelly

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