Larry L. Parrish

Larry L. Parrish

Larry passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Otsego.

Larry and his twin brother Garry were born June 8, 1946 in Plainwell to James and Naomi (Punches) Parrish. He was a 1964 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. Larry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He began working at Harding’s Market in 1962 and continued there for more than 47 years until his retirement in 2009. In his free time Larry enjoyed attending races, spending time with his friends and family and going to his grandchildren’s events.

Larry joined First Baptist Church of Otsego in 1969 and was an active member on the church board, Sunday school and Awana teacher and with the bus ministry. On June 10, 1967 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego he married Jacqueline Stuck who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Wendy (Jim) Gauthier of Plainwell, Larry Jr. (Wendy) Parrish of Roswell, NM and Jay (Shannon) Parrish of Asheville, NC; grandchildren, Jordan Parrish of NM, Karlee and Tyler Gauthier of Plainwell and Jayce Parrish of NC; siblings, Bob (Nancy) Parrish, Jack (Judy) Parrish and his twin brother, Garry (Terri) Parrish; brother-in-law, Jim Ellinger and sister-in-law, Barb Parrish and many nieces and nephews.

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

Friends may meet with Larry’s family from 6-8 P.M., Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or First Baptist Church of Otsego Missions.

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  1. Larry and Sharon (Burroughs) Thompson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  2. Dylan, Amy-Jo & Gavyn Steele/ Jamie, Cassidy and Rossi-Jo Veenkant says:

    We are so sad to hear this news you all are in our thoughts and prayers !! Larry meant so much to me and was a wonderful boss and a kind and caring man who would do anything for you he will be greatly missed by many !! He truly had a heart of Gold !! May God be with you all during this time and in the days to come to bring you comfort, strength and peace !! Sending our love and prayer to the whole family and all who loved him dearly !!

  3. Stacey VanDenBerg says:

    I am sorry for your families loss. May God give you peace and comfort.

    Stacey VanDenBerg and family.

  4. I’m So Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the Family. Rest Peacefully, Larry

  5. MaryAnn says:

    Larry was a man after God’s own heart, a witness for God’s saving grace, which is offered to anyone who will confess and repent of their sins and accept by faith His free gift of salvation. Jesus paid the price for us to be freed from our sin and to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. This was Larry’s hope in life and his reality now that he’s with his Savior in Heaven. Jackie may God bless you and keep you safe in His loving arms until you and Larry can once again sing His praises together.

  6. Lynn Vandermeer says:

    So very sorry for your loss, prayers
    For your family.

  7. Christy Rose Foreman says:

    I was sorry to hear of your bother’s death . I’m sure he is in a better place ,pain free and with his mother and father and siblings . My condolances to the entire family . Love,Chriss

  8. Tracye Burge says:

    I have no words right now to ease the pain that each of you have. Having experienced this just recently myself, I can understand what each of you are experiencing. Prayers to each of you and as time goes by don’t keep things in. Give yourself all the time you need.

    Blessings to all of you,
    Tracye, Shaye, and Dallye

  9. Kathi Fuss says:

    So very sorry to hear of Larry”s passing. I have known him for many years and always enjoyed our talks. My Larry said often how when he had to shop he just got his help to find what was needed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. Garry and Terri Parrish says:

    Jackie, Wendy & Jim, Larry Jr. & Wendy, Jay & Shannon, Jordon, Karlee,. Tyler and Jayce. We will always remeber the good times we had together. Larry was so love and will be saddly missed.I know his twin brother will miss him a lot. Your all in our thoughts and prayers alway. May God give you the peace and strength you need. We love you.

  11. Tracie Parrish says:

    A wonderful man lost way to soon, I will always find comfort in all of the wonderful memories I have of Uncle Larry, my love and prayers to his loving family❤

  12. Susan Miner says:

    So sorry I know pain from losing a husband and father and brother. Just remember even with tear or laughter the good times. The pain eventually will ease but I pray for the comfort of our loving heavenly Father arms wrapped around each of you.

  13. Gwen Jameson says:

    I am so sorry to hear Larry passed. I looked up to him and was very thankful I got to work for him for 8 years. I am so sorry for your loss. The whole family is in my prayers.

  14. Chuck Veenkant says:

    Jackie so sorry for you lost prayers going out to the family

  15. Ken, Tootie, & Cindy Whitaker says:

    No words can describe how sorry we are to hear. Thoughts of comfort and condolences to all of the family.

  16. David R Salisbury says:

    Larry was the very first person that I met in Otsego when I moved here. I remember that cold nasty morning the end of November and he assisted me with directions. He remained a first name basis individual at Hardings until his retirement. I visited First Baptist Church with intention of making it my home Church. Larry, with the assistance of his wife did the best they could to get me connected.
    Larry I am sure has left his positive mark on many many others. He now has his home in glory! Praise the Lord! I am sure he will be missed by all those close to him and his world.

  17. Penny Browning Baker says:

    Garry I am so sorry you lost your partner in crime. Remembering all the fun we had at Hardings in 1969. Penny Pulver

  18. Jim, Shelly and Jared Murphy says:

    Uncle Larry will be Greatly Missed! I always looked up to him and Appreciated his kind words! He had a Heart of Gold! Our Hearts are broken!
    I’m so very sorry and I’m here for you if you need anything!! You’re all in my Thoughts and Prayers!! Love to you all!!
    Love, Jim, Shelly and Jared Murphy

  19. Ron Arndt says:

    R I P Larry

  20. Adam, Kim and Austin Rohr says:

    We are so sorry for your loss! Larry was a great man – not just as a person but to work for as well. He hired so many Rohr’s, Lapekas’, Bonger’s and Wilson’s! We were all family at Harding’s. We remember at our wedding that Father O’Meara asked if the store was shut down because so many of our Harding’s family was at our wedding! Our thoughts and prayers are with all you!

  21. jerry haight says:

    i worked at the old hardings with larry and gary when i was a teenager we had lots of good times that i will always remember

  22. John Hutchinson says:

    Larry was my “boss” at Harding’s in the mid 1970’s. He was one of the best supervisors, and hardest workers I have ever been around.
    I really looked up to and admired him, Larry led by example. He had a strong faith in God and I know he is with him now in Heaven. Condolences to his family, he was truly a great man.

  23. Ruth Prolo says:

    My heart goes out to the community and his family this a huge loss for anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Larry. I was fortunate to have been one of his employees and will always remember all the great things he did for us.

  24. LaRayne Sweet says:

    So sorry, my prayers are with all his family and friends

  25. Pam Bevins says:

    Sending love and condolences to his family and friends hurting today. Rest well Mr. Parrish.

  26. Dan & Kathy McRae says:

    We have been blessed with Larry’s life and example, and we look forward to being together again in Glory. God’s blessings on all his family during this time of bereavement.

  27. David and Sandy DeKilder says:

    So sorry for your loss. Larry and Jackie have been such a positive role models, He was always someone I looked up to in my early adult life.
    Sending love and peace to the whole family.

  28. Mrs. Jim Hewitt (Patti Khodl) says:

    Dear Jackie and family,

    So sorry to learn of your loss. May wonderful memories bring you peace at this very sad time.

  29. Billy couch says:

    Some of the best times in my high school years were in his back yard. Mr. Parrish was an amazing man and tremendous part of the otsego community. This hurt to read this today. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. We lost a great man.

  30. Jessica Fink says:

    So sorry for your loss sending love and light to the entire family.

  31. Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut says:

    Garry and Larry’s Family: I’m so sorry to learn of Larry’s passing. I, too, worked with Larry & Garry (and with Jerry Haight) during my Senior year. It was a good time and I will always have great memories of Hardings, my fellow employees and the Parrish boys! Larry was thought well of by those who worked for him at Hardings. May your wonderful memories help you through your difficult times. Rest In Peace, Larry!

  32. Peg selby says:

    So sorry for your loss sending many hugs n prayers

  33. Keith Lamorandier' says:

    Are thoughts an prayers are with the Parrish family for there loss Larry will be greatly missed such a great soul an nice man
    Missy Surdick , ROBERT Stuart , Keith Lamorandier.

  34. Keith Lamorandier says:

    Are thoughts an prayers are with the Parrish family for there loss Larry will be greatly missed such a great soul an nice man.
    Missy Surdick, Robert Stuart, Keith Lamorandier.

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