Parrish, R. Michael "Mike"
R. Michael "Mike" Parrish, 72, beloved husband of Judy Parrish, was born into eternal life on Monday evening, April 14, 2014, following a ten year courageous battle with pseudomyxoma.
Mike was born May 25, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Jack and Geneva (Wisecup) Parrish. He graduated from Madiera High School, a community close to Cincinnati in 1960. Upon graduation he joined LeBlond Machine Tool Co. in their training program and attended night school at Ohio College of Applied Science. He continued his education at the University of Cincinnati, centering on the engineering program. He was then hired by Procter and Gamble in the engineering department. In 1980 the company moved Mike and his family to Green Bay for a "two year" assignment. In 1984, Mike joined CPR Associates as a department manager and helped grow the company to about 160 employees. He later became a partner in the company. Jacobs Engineering purchased CPR and Mike stayed as an employee for three more years before retiring. In 2001, he and other former CPR employees joined with other investors and purchased two small converting companies, merging them into one, Precision Paper Converters in Kaukauna. Mike served on the board of directors until his death. He had a strong interest in older rebuilt cars, going to many car shows through the years. Mike's other commitments he enjoyed were the Dudley Birder Chorale, serving on the ASPIRO Board and First United Methodist Church, serving on various committees and singing in the church choir. Mike enjoyed going fishing at their cottage on Morgan Lake with family and friends. He loved traveling through Europe with Judy, especially enjoying time with family and friends at their villa in Tortola for the past 23 years. He will be missed by his cats, Oliver and Duncan.
Mike is survived by his wife Judy and his daughters, Jill Parrish, Minneapolis, MN and Natalie Parrish, Green Bay; son-in-law, Bob Chouinard, Minneapolis, MN; two granddaughters, Iris and Riona Chouinard; his brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Sharon Parrish, Baltimore, MD; his brother-in-law, Dr. Anthony Romano, Beavercreek, OH; nephew, Dr. David (Michelle) Romano, Beavercreek, OH; his nieces, Teresa (Terry) Bissonett and Ann (Kimball) Curry and their families, all of Beavercreek, OH.
Mike was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law; great nephew, Charlie Moore and sister-in-law, Joyce Romano.
Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday, May 2, 2014. Visitation will continue on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe St., after 9:30 am until time of service. Memorial Celebration 11:00 am Saturday at the church with Rev. David Wilkinson officiating. Burial will take place in Beavercreek, OH. On-line condolences may be sent to Mike's family at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of floral expressions, a memorial fund has been established in Mike's name.
Mike's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Heartland Hospice and the nurses and staff at Aurora Hospital Cancer Treatment Center for making each of Mike's visits fun instead of dreary and foreboding. Also, Angels Touch, their kindness, care and compassion will always be remembered.
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street Green Bay, WI 54302
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 20 to Apr. 30, 2014