Richard William Parry

Richard William Parry

December 15, 1935 – January 16, 2019

Richard William Parry of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away in the early morning hours of January 16, 2019.  Born on December 15, 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts the fifth child of Percy and Charlotte Parry, he cherished his family and Welsh/Scottish heritage.

He was a Korean era war veteran stationed with the US Army in Germany as a radio operator specialist. He received a good conduct and national defense service medal.

He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Wollaston, MA, where his graduating class motto was “to serve the present age.” He lived this out in his lifetime goal “to reach the hearts and minds of young people.”  During his college years, he was the baritone in a quartet and it was at one of their performances that he saw a beautiful woman in a blue hat in the audience that he had to meet.  Her name was Marsha Hunter and she would become his wife and friend of 60 years.  Starting life together on June 13, 1958, shared faith and a commitment to education and serving others took them on a journey to more than twelve states including North Carolina, New York, South Dakota, Mississippi and Arizona.  After his undergraduate degree in education, as a husband and father, he completed a degree in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, earned a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Glassboro Teachers College, and post graduate Education Specialist degree from the University of Arizona.

He proudly followed in his father’s footsteps to become a Master Mason, being a 46th year Mason with the Evening Star Lodge #70 of Rankin County, MS.  He was a member of the York Rite, Scottish Rite and was a Shriner. The Parry Masonic Legacy continues with his oldest son.

He retired as Superintendent of Schools for the Bonesteel-Fairfax School District in South Dakota, where he was instrumental in affecting positive legislation for Impact Aid. Richard and Marsha relocated to Omaha, NE in 1994.  An Elder for Covenant Presbyterian Church, he taught Theology at a Seminary in Nicaragua and traveled to the Holy Land.  Richard and Marsha fulfilled life-long dreams of travel throughout Europe.  As grandchildren arrived, he unofficially opened Grampy’s daycare.  Cheering his Boston Red Sox on to multiple World Series Championships was his favorite pastime.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gordon; and sisters, Shirley and Lorna.  He is survived by his sister, Audrey, his loving wife, Marsha, his sons: Mark Parry, Glenn Parry (Mary), and Gordon Parry (Jane); and daughter, Monica Katz (Gary), ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 20th from 2pm to 4pm at the West Center Chapel. Visitation Monday, Jan 21st at 10am, FUNERAL SERVICE at 11am all at West Center Chapel. He will be laid to rest with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503, at Omaha National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Nebraska Humane Society and Shriners’ Hospitals for Children.





  • Larry Zahm Posted January 17, 2019 1:13 pm

    My sympathy to you at this time of sadness and loss. I pray that happy and lasting memories can carry you through this time and always.

  • Gaylene Searcy Posted January 17, 2019 7:30 pm

    You have my sympathy..

  • Mindy(Parry) Downes Posted January 18, 2019 1:24 pm

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to all of you. I have such fond memories of Uncle Dick. He led an impressive life. So very sorry.

  • Marilyn & Albert DiFalco Posted January 18, 2019 1:37 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. our love & sympathy to each member of the family. We can’t be there in person but our thoughts are with each & every one of you. Love to you all, Marilyn & albert.

  • MARTIN KATZ Posted January 18, 2019 2:40 pm

    Sorry that I can’t be with you in this time of grief. However, this is a time to also celebrate the wonderful life of a VERY GOOD man. I will miss Rishard on my trips to Omaha. I always enjoyed our visit together. Even though Richard was a die-hard Red Sox fan and I a die-hard Yankee fan, somehow we got along.. May he be at peace.

  • Denise Bradshaw Posted January 18, 2019 2:42 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. What an amazing life he led! His legacy will last for generations.

  • Ann Tretter Posted January 18, 2019 5:18 pm

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time! May his wonderful memories live on and help to bring you peace. Lots of love and prayers are being sent your way!

  • Cheryl (Hunter) Nevenhoven Posted January 19, 2019 8:57 pm

    I am sending my dearest thoughts to my beloved Aunt Marsha and dear est cousins. I admired Uncle’s Dick’s intellect and deep thinking. He had the gift of consolidating these gifts with love, compassion, and a sense of humor. I am so very sorry that my family cannot attend the loving celebration of Uncle Dick’s and give honor to his military service. Our love and prayers will be with all of you. Blessings and heartfelt sympathy, Cheryl

  • Kim Becker Posted January 19, 2019 11:19 pm

    I used to come monthly for Mr. Parry in home health. Such a caring man! my thoughts are with the family!

  • Mary Ann Shotkoski Posted January 20, 2019 11:55 am

    Gordon Parry, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Lakshmi Posted January 21, 2019 2:03 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May his soul rest in peace. May God give you and your family the strength to bear his loss. Regards,
    Lakshmi (India)

  • Dan Paashaus Posted April 21, 2021 11:34 am

    I send my thoughts and prayers to the family. I had this special man as a teacher and mentor in 8th grade. I tried to locate him in years past, but missed an opportunity to say thank you for being one of the most influential people in my life. What a gift to his family and community.

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