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William J. Parry IV

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William J. Parry IV Obituary
Parry IV, William J.William J. "Bill" Parry IV, 69, of Allentown died Saturday, April 5, 2014 in his home. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lou (Merkle) Parry. They were looking forward to celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary on May 1st. 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 4 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 3 year program in 2 years. After graduation Bill began his career as a machinist at Western Electric, seeing the company through acquisitions by A.T.&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: Wife, Mary Lou Parry; daughter, Heather J. Parry of Beverly Hills, CA; sister, Peg wife of Pat Koons, Sr. of Dallas, TX; nieces and nephews. Services: Funeral Service 11:00AM Thursday in St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, PA 18104. Call 9:30 to 11:00AM Thursday in the church. Arrangements by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown, www.jsburkholder.com. Contributions: In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to the church.
Published in Morning Call on Apr. 7, 2014
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