top banner

Obituary Listings

A Family Tradition of Dignified Service

David Arthur Parrish

November 29, 1925 November 7, 2018
David Arthur Parrish
There are condolences waiting approval on David's Tribute wall
Obituary for David Arthur Parrish

David A. Parrish was a lifetime resident of Oxford; he passed away peacefully at the age of 92 at his home in Independence Village of Waterstone in Oxford on November 7, 2018. David is predeceased by his parents, John and Katie Parrish, his brothers Leo and Nelson Parrish, his sister Edith Clark, and his loving wife of 67 years, Joyce Parrish passed away on November 10, 2015. He is survived by his son Elmer Parrish (Ann), and daughter Nancy Szabo (Dennis). Grandchildren Natalie Parrish, Amanda Reed (Heath), Michael Szabo (Janisha), and great granddaughter Aurora Reed.

David was born and raised in Oxford, Michigan on a farm located at 610 Baldwin Road. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy the same year at age 18; he proudly served his country during 1944-46 (World War II) as a Petty Officer (Second Class of U.S. Navy). On August 28, 1948 he married the love of his life Joyce Morell (he said when they first met he was immediately taken with Joyce’s petite figure and farm girl beauty). They moved to an apartment on Burdick Street in downtown Oxford and David worked at American Aggregates in Oxford for 10 years. In 1958, David purchased an insurance agency in downtown Oxford and he opened up his own business (Parrish Insurance Agency). He went to insurance school at Michigan State College in Lansing. In January, 1966 there was a fire in downtown Oxford and the insurance agency, located at 24 South Washington St., along with several other buildings were destroyed and David rebuilt his agency from the ground up and he reopened in the same location in November, 1966. During his later years his business name changed to “Parrish Insurance and Real Estate” after he became a real estate broker. David and his secretary (wife Joyce) retired in 1986 after serving the insurance-needs of the Lake Orion-Oxford community for almost 30 years.

David was a leader in the Oxford community throughout his lifetime: he was an Oxford Councilman for one term, a member of the Oxford Lion’s Club for over 20 years, and he was active in the church community as well. He regularly attended church services with his wife and during the years he served as a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Lake Orion, Oxford Free Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church of Oxford; he always said: “a family that prays together stays together.”

David’s favorite hobby was to travel and spend time with his number one companion, his wife, Joyce. He also enjoyed spending time with his two children and helping out with their many household projects, and he was a very involved grandparent. After David retired, he spent more than 20 years tooling around the country with his wife, Joyce, in a motor home visiting the lower 48 states. They also traveled to Hawaii and went on an Alaskan cruise in 2012. Internationally, they have visited 17 countries in all including much of Europe, Africa, Costa Rica, Canada and Mexico. During later years they became snowbirds during the winter months – they would spend 6 months in Michigan and 6 months in Arizona in their park model in Apache Junction; they truly enjoyed waking up to the beauty of the Superstition Mountains out their back window, and they also enjoyed hiking together in the mountains as well.

David also liked tinkering with antique cars; he owned a 1914, 1920, and 1926 Model T Ford, and a 1928 Model A. Quite often he drove his cars in the Oxford parades with his wife, Joyce, beside him.

David was a great conversationalist and storyteller; he spoke to everyone he encountered and always smiled. Even though he entirely lost his hearing in 2013, he still had a positive outlook in life.

There will be a viewing for family and friends on Monday, November 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors located at 39 West Burdick St., Oxford, MI. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13 with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.; Interment will be at Oxford Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

12

Nov

4:00 PM 11/12/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/12/2018 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

13

Nov

10:00 AM 11/13/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/13/2018 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States

Funeral Service

Tuesday

13

Nov

11:00 AM 11/13/2018 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Visitation beginning at 10 am.

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association

Albums

Create new album
 
Subscribe To Obituaries


alt

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Loading...