Gary Lee Parrish

Gary Lee Parrish, 76, of Columbus passed away at Riverside Hospital on October 25, 2013. He was born May 9, 1937 in Gnadenhutten, Ohio to the late Gladys (Metzger) and Clyde Parrish. Gary graduated from Gnadenhutten High School in 1955. He married Gloria McPeek on March 18, 1962.

He joined the army in 1961 and served his country with honor.  He began his career as an X-ray
technician at Twin City Hospital in Dennison, Ohio.  He transitioned to a career in medical sales and eventually became vice-president of Gamma Biologicals. In his semi-retirement, he drove a bus for DATA in Delaware, Ohio.Gary remained faithfully connected to the people of his hometown, Gnadenhutten, Ohio, for his whole life.  He served as president of the Indian Valley Foundation for several years and spearheaded a scholarship program.  He also served in an administrative position with the Jaycees

An avid outdoorsman, Gary loved to fish, hunt, and camp.  This interest led to him becoming an Eagle Scout. He was a huge sports fan, cheering for his lifelong favorite teams, the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Myrna Kay Parrish, and loving parents-in-law, Eugene McPeek and Beulah McPeek.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gloria (McPeek) Parrish and their four children: Julie (Greg) Stolze, Lee (Nancy) Parrish, Andrea (John) Rowson, and Shelley Weaver (Scott Hetherington).  Gary is also survived by his treasured grandchildren: Paul and Joe Langenbahn, Tania Simpson, Grady Parrish, Kayleigh and Michael Edgecombe, and Grant and Alex Weaver. He is also survived by a beloved sister, Judy (Ron) Spencer, loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and a host of lifelong friends.

Gary was a loving and loyal family man who spread joy to all he knew. He was a master storyteller and spent countless hours delighting us with his tales. His razor sharp wit, fierce intelligence and contagious smile are just a few of the many things we will miss most about him.

The family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, November 1, 2013 at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 6176 Sharon Woods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229.

Additionally, the family will receive friends on November 2, 2013 from 10am-12pm, with a funeral service immediately following at the Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church with Pastor Seth Filburn officiating. Burial will be at Gnadenhutten Clay Union Cemetery, Gnadenhutten, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Indian Valley Foundation (

Koch Funeral Home of Gnadenhutten


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