Richard L. Parcell born January 9, 1934 passed away peacefully with his family by his side at TruVal in Tucson on June 8, 2014. Richard was born in Wooster, Ohio and moved to Tucson with his family in May of 1951. Richard was only 17 when he drove his mother Ruth, father Lester, sister Mabel, brother John, brother Jim and brother Robert from Wooster to Tucson in their 1942 Plymouth due to his father's poor health. Richards' married older sister Donna Smetzer stayed in Wooster to start her own family. His father was a heavy equipment operator and passed away shortly after moving to Tucson. Richard joined the US Air Force in 1952 and served four years. While in the Air Force, he served in Japan and in the States. Richard was a Radio Intercept Operator (Morse Code) and during the Cold War was responsible for listening to transmissions from the Russians something he didn't talk about until his later years. After the Air Force, Richard started a 33 year career with the Telephone Company (Ma Bell) starting out as a lineman climbing telephone poles and installing phone lines then worked his way up to the position of Director-Network Facilities. Richards 33 year career took him from Tucson to Casa Grande, Phoenix, and Flagstaff. In 1989, Richard retired from the telephone company at the ripe age of 55 and promptly moved to Montana with his wife. While there, Richard took up hunting and became a well known and respected member of the community of Biddle where he would guide hunters on trips. Richard was also an avid traveler and would travel the country in his motorhome with his wife, Patricia up until the time of her death. Richard made several trips to Alaska to visit his son's and their families and learned the joys of fishing for salmon. Pat and Dick as most knew them, were quick to help anyone in need and would go out of their way to do so. Patricia used to say they were brought together by God to help other people who had no family of their own. Richard was a natural born leader and when he set his mind on doing something it was done. Richard was involved with the United Way, Special Olympics, Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts, Rotary and too many other organizations to list. People, who knew Richard, knew he was very punctual. He was always on time and kept to his schedule. He was known to arrive earlier than he said as he just didn't like dally along. Richard was an avid Wildcat Fan and held season tickets in the old Bear Down Gym and Varsity Stadium never missing a game. Richard was an usher at McKale Center during the Snowden and early Olsen years. Richard was involved with the O'odham Tash Rodeo when he lived in Casa Grande. Richard was instrumental in influencing positive changes in some rules of Arizona high school football, Richard was also a supporter of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. When Richard lived in Flagstaff, he was the President of the Chamber of Commerce and United Way where he was able to accomplish many great things. Richard had a cabin in the White Mountains at Hawley Lake where he and his family (Duane, Gerry, Lance, Vicki and Greg) spent many summer and winter breaks. He was an avid fisherman and loved to snowmobile in the winter. Richard, when not chasing down bears with fish heads, was constantly improving on the simple A-frame the family had. Richard was a dedicated family man and made sure his family had what they needed. Richard was preceded in death by his father, Lester; brother, John; mother, Ruth and his wife of 48 years, Patricia. The family would like to thank the staff of TruVal for their kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to:
Desert Southwest Chapter, 1028 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006-2662, 602-528-0545. Services will be: Arizona Casual 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 15, 2014 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Chapel), 7650 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704. Celebration of life immediately following at the same location. Arrangements by BRING'S MEMORIAL CHAPEL.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 12, 2014