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Nelson William Parrish

Nelson William Parrish

May 14, 1924 - Jan 21, 2012
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Funeral services for Nelson Parrish of Riverton are at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Riverton with the Father Killian Muli officiating.

Interment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Colorado.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

Mr. Parrish died at his home in Riverton on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the age of 87.

Nelson William Parrish was born on Wednesday, May 14, 1924, in Seward, Neb., the son of Nelson John and Anna Leota (Bouchard) Parrish. He grew up in Casper, where he attended schools. In 1940, his father homesteaded in Missouri Valley.

Mr. Parrish enlisted in the U.S. Army in June of 1943 and he served as a truck driver with the field artillery during World War II. He was honorably medically discharged on March 5, 1945.

On Aug. 8, 1953, he married Earlyne Blanding in Colorado Springs, Colo. She preceded him in death in 1996.

He then married Dorothy Fricke in Pinedale on Oct. 27, 1997.

Mr. Parrish worked for Midwest Coast Transport for 10 years, living in Sioux Falls, S.D., Osborn Trucking for two years, living in Riverton, LK Trucking of Worland for two years, still living in Riverton, Little America for three years, while living in Casper, and in 1976 he began working for Consolidated Freight for 10 years before retiring in April of 1985.

Mr. Parrish was a life member of the D.A.V. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 19 in Riverton and past member of the Moose and Eagles Lodges.

His family said he enjoyed watching home movies, building models and traveling.

Mr. Parrish is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Riverton; daughter, Sharon Lee Buechler of Bellville, Ill., four step-sons, Lawrence Blanding of Owensboro, Ky., John Fricke of East Lansing, Mich., Charles Fricke of Ankney, Iowa and Steve Fricke of Plano, Tex.; sister, Patsy Ann Faust of Lovell; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren; numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Earlyne and his brother, L.E. "Bud" Parrish.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home and Crematory of Riverton.