1921 - 2013
A good man, a good life.
Robert Roy Parrish, known to his friends as "Bob," was born March 8, 1921, to Francis Effie Wayne Parrish and Roy Clifford Parrish in Decatur, Ill. He passed from this life May 8, 2013 at Willow Estates Retirement Home in Harrisonburg, Va., where he had resided since 2008.
Bob was married 28 years to the late Virginia Elaine Towne. A second marriage to the late Maria de Los Angeles Cuevas Scaniglia lasted 35 years.
Bob is survived by his five children: Georgianne Parrish Oman of Palatine, Ill.; Stephen Parrish of Newton, Mass.; Robert Parrish of Harrisonburg, Va.; Pamela Peterson Drake, also of Harrisonburg; and Anthony Parrish of Brookings, Ore. Other survivors include grandchildren Rob Oman, Patricia Oman Tucker, Kenneth Peterson, and Erica Peterson Young; great-grandson Paul Drake Peterson; and stepsons Victor and Arturo Blazquez.
During World War II
, Bob served in the U.S. Navy
in the South Pacific, where he saw action in the Solomon Islands, the Marianas, New Guinea, Lyle, and Lingayen. He wore the Pacific, Asiatic and Philippines liberation ribbons, with eight stars.
Bob was a long term resident of Deerfield, Illinois. In his professional life, Bob was the managing editor of the Official Airline Guide (OAG) and related travel publications of Reuben H. Donnelly Corporation. After retiring from the OAG, Bob lived in Santa Fe, N.M., and Tucson, Ariz.
Published in Chicago Tribune on May 11, 2013