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James O. Parish, 96, of Westport, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Morning Breeze Health Care Center. He was born June 8, 1920, in Decatur County, the son of Alva O. and Mary Dell (Annis) Parish.
He graduated from Burney High School in 1938 and was a lifelong resident of Decatur County.
Jim owned and operated Sinclair Gas Station in Westport for 10 years. He worked for Arvin Industries for four years, Cosco Industries for 16 years, delivered Petroleum Products for Atlantic Richfield Oil Company in Greensburg for eight years and worked for the Westport Lumber Company.
He was a member of Westport Christian Church, and the former Forest Hill Presbyterian Church.
He was also a member of IOOF Lodge # 681 in Westport, Greensburg American Legion Post # 129, Veterans of Foreign Wars # 5584 in Greensburg and #2695 in Shelbyville and Disabled American Veterans.
He spent a lifetime in service to his community. He was a member and past President of the Westport Kiwanis Club, served on the Westport Town Board for seven years, served as a Westport Community Building Board member for 15 years, was a member of the Greensburg/Decatur County Library Board in Greensburg.
Jim was a Veteran, having served with the US Army during WW II in the Pacific Theatre. He received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He participated in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on Sept. 8, 2013. He was honored by the Indiana General Assembly with a House Resolution on Feb. 28, 2016, for his service to his country during WW2, to his community, his church and his family.
He married Wilma Grimes on July 13, 1941, in Kingston, and she preceded him in death on July 20, 2016.
Survivors include his son, Michael Lynn Parish of Westport; daughters, Mary Belle Baltus of Columbus, Jean Ann Petrie and Barbara Darlene Tobias both of Westport; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren and 9 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Everett R. "Bud" Parish.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport. IOOF services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Bartlett and Pastor George Willette officiating. Burial will follow at Westport Cemetery with military graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Riley Hospital for Children, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Westport Christian Church. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.bassgasper.com.
Published on January 23, 2017
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