William J. "Bill" Parry IV, 69, of Allentown died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at his home. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lou (Merkle) Parry. They were looking forward to celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary on May 1.
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Born in Wilkes Barre, he was the son of the late William J. Parry III and Helen (Mulhurn) Parry. A 1963 graduate of Meyers High School, Wilkes- Barre; Bill, a talented athlete, was a member of the championship football team for four years. He was a member of the track team and still holds the high school records in discus and shot put. Bill continued his education at Wyoming Technical Institute, graduating in 1965 having completed the three-year program in two years.
After graduation, Bill began his career as a machinist at Western Electric, seeing the company through acquisitions by AT&T, Lucent and Agere. During his career, Bill held many patents. He retired in 2003 after 38 years of dedicated service. He was a member of St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served on the property committee for many years. He donated countless hours of his time to make repairs to the church building and to assist church members and neighbors with their repair needs. Through his church he volunteered at Daybreak and the Food Bank. An avid sports fan, Bill was a member of the Penn State Club and was a regular at Penn State, Lehigh University and Iron Pigs games. He was a devoted husband, treasured his daughter and had a strong faith.
Survivors are wife, Mary Lou Parry; daughter, Heather J. Parry, Beverly Hills, Calif.; sister, Peg, wife of Pat Koons Sr., Dallas, Texas; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, PA 18104. Calling hours are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the church.
Arrangements are by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown, www.jsburkholder.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to the church.
J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home Inc.
1601 Hamilton Street Allentown, PA 18102
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 7, 2014