Dr. Parvin Raibley
1926 - 2020
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Dr. Parvin Raibley

Evansville - Dr. Parvin Raibley passed peacefully at his home in the presence of his sons on October 10, 2020.

Dr. Raibley was born to Otto and Hallie (Hedges) Raibley on November 19, 1926, in Boonville, IN. He graduated from Boonville High School in 1944, where he played football, basketball and ran track. In high school he was a National Thespian and member of the National Honor Society. Following high school, he entered training at Purdue University in the Army ASTRP program then took his basic training at Camp Gordon at Augusta, GA, and achieved the rank of PFC. As a young man, he worked in the coal mines at Sunlight and Tecumseh mines near Boonville.

Following service, he attended Evansville College for his pre-dental training. In 1946, he married Mary Helen Holder of Boonville, his high school sweetheart. He received his BS Degree at Indiana University Bloomington then attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Bloomington and Indianapolis, graduating in 1954. Upon graduating dental school, Dr. Raibley and his wife located to Evansville where he practiced dentistry for 54 years. He was a 63-year member of the Methodist Temple where he served on the board and various committees. He was also a member of the Methodist Temple Scout Troop Committee for troop #301 and served in the role of merit badge counselor. He was a member of Prince Lodge No. 231 F.&A.M. of Princeton, IN.

Dr. Raibley practiced general dentistry and was active in the profession. He was president of the Vanderburgh County Dental Society then the First District Dental Society where he was chairman of the Public Relations Committee and the 9-year Communal Fluoridation Evaluation, assessing the impact of fluoridated water systems on dental health. He was a member and founding director of the Indiana Unit of the American Society of Dentistry for Children and later a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. As a member of the Dental Association Council on By-laws and Judicial Affairs he served as Chairman for three years. Dr. Raibley was on the founding Committee of the Indiana Academy of General Dentistry, served as its president in 1975 and was a member of the founding Chapter of the First District Academy of General Dentistry. On the national level, he served on the Academy of General Dentistry Information Council, Ad Hoc Committee on Anesthesia and Conscious IV Sedation, Credentials and Election Committee and was a National Delegate to the AGD Convention. He was a fellow of the AGD, the American Society of Dentistry for Children, the International College of Dentists and listed in the Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Health and Medicine. In 1998 he was named Dentist of the Year by the First District Dental Society. In 2010 he was awarded the Indiana Dental Association Distinguished Service Award. Internationally, he was a fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Locally, Dr. Raibley was a member of the first Board of Directors of Health Resources, Incorporated, a dental insurance company, and served as its' first Secretary as well as on numerous other committees. He was also on the Board of Directors of HRI of Kentucky and Illinois.

Dr. Raibley enjoyed fishing, sports, horticulture, writing poetry and discovering his ancestry with his sons. He was a master rose gardener and most enjoyed sharing his prize roses with his wife, family, neighbors, staff and patients. He loved Hoosier basketball and football as well as the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a faithful and valuable volunteer for his children's numerous sporting and extracurricular activities. Later in life, he endeavored to attend every grandchild's sporting and school events into his 90's. Dr. Raibley was recently accepted into the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and had at least seven direct lineal bloodline relations to patriots who served in the Revolutionary War.

Dr. Raibley is survived by his sister, Bettye Bickley of Bloomington, IN; sons, Brian Raibley and Brent Raibley (Jennifer) of Evansville; daughter-in-law Brenda Raibley of Evansville; grandchildren Jason Raibley (Marcy Lascano) of Lawrence, KS, Marshal Raibley of Evansville, Jamie Raibley of Chicago, IL, Tara Raibley of Newburgh, IN, Emma Raibley of Nashville, TN, and Reed Raibley a student at Millikin University in Decatur, IL; one great grandchild Dylan St. Pre, a student at the University of Evansville; and an aunt 104 years young, Jane Porteous of Kirkwood, MO; and numerous cousins.

Dr. Raibley was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Helen (Holder) Raibley; his son, Dr. Bruce Raibley; parents, Otto and Hallie Raibley of Boonville; brothers, Robert of Boonville, Otto Jr. of Evansville and Dr. Jerry Raibley of Mt. Vernon; and sister, Nathalie Williams of Chandler.

Dr. Raibley was extremely grateful for the many dedicated and professional assistants, dental health care providers and associates through the years. He loved his profession and lived to serve his patients and their families.

Dr. Raibley and his family would also like to thank the many health care professionals who provided compassionate care in his later days, including but certainly not limited to the administrators, nurses, specialists and therapists at The Good Samaritan Home, Specialty Home Health Care, Home Instead Senior Care and Deaconess Hospice.

Graveside Services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Maple Grove Cemetery, 1622 South 3rd Street, Boonville with Pastor Andrew Payton officiating. A Live Stream will be available beginning twenty minutes prior to the service time. Please visit Boone Funeral Home's Facebook page and click on the link provided.

In consideration of Covid-19, the family would like to offer a variety of ways for family, friends, patients, and acquaintances of Dr. Raibley to pay their respects. There will be a no contact viewing from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020, at BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL - A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome contributions in Dr. Raibley's name to either the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net

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Published in Courier Press from Oct. 11 to Oct. 15, 2020.
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October 17, 2020
He was my dentist all my adult life until he quit practicing. He convinced me to have my teeth straightened as an adult. He did a wonderful job. It changer my life for the better.I always wanted him to write a history of Warrick County. I hope he did. He knew so many people and about so many places. His Mother and my Mother sang in the choir together and were good friends. He was a wonderful man, brilliant but humble. I will never forget him. I am sorry for your loss.
Helen Elzer
October 17, 2020
He was our family dentist for 3 generations, and he was family ❤ I worked for him in my early 20's. A great man and will be missed by many.
Lou King
October 16, 2020
We want to once again say how sorry we are for Parvins passing. He will always be one of Gods angels looking over us all. We are very thankful to have been a part of Parkinson’s life. What a asset he was to our world and this society. Go be happy with Mary Helen and dance with the angels together. Par in you will be greatly missed.
Paul&Judy Raibley
October 15, 2020
Dr. Raibley was our neighbor and friend. Some of his boys were friends of our son, Michael. He always enjoyed a chit chat when we would see him out in the yard. He was a fine gentleman and will be missed. We are so sorry for your loss.
David and Donna Reeder
October 13, 2020
Being a life long patient I had the privilege of working with Parvin for many years. He had the gift of making his patients feel right at home. Many felt joy in a visit to the office and to listen to the many stories he had. I have many wonderful memories of fishing, planting Xmas trees and the special Christmas parties at his home. I know he was so very proud of his family as they were of him. May you find peace & joy in your new journey ahead Parvin. With love, Betty Hunsinger
Betty Hunsinger
October 13, 2020
Brent and Family, please accept my condolences and wish all of you the best. Your father was a very accomplished man.
Bill Bender
October 13, 2020
My mom used to work with him years n years ago..sry for your loss
Connie Brantley
October 12, 2020
Brent and Brian I'm so sorry for your lost if your .I wish I had gotten to know him better. Prayers and thinking of you April from Home Instead caregiver.
April Beasley
October 12, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Know we have a God bigger than we are and he always looks over us and protects us therefore We know Parvin is definitely in a better place than you and I. Please know we are always here for you. God Bless Love Paul and Judy Raibley
Paul and Judy Raibley
October 12, 2020
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
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