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Donald Gene Parr Sr.

August 18, 1920 July 17, 2017
Donald Gene Parr Sr.
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Obituary for Donald Gene Parr Sr.

Donald Gene Parr Sr., age 96 of De Soto, KS passed away peacefully at home on July 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Now he begins his eternal life with his beloved Lord and Savior.

Visitation will be July 20, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, with funeral services following at 7:00 pm. The services will be held at De Soto Baptist Church, 8655 Church St, De Soto, KS. Private graveside service will be on Friday, July 21, 10:00 am at De Soto Cemetery.

Don was born August 18, 1920 in Blue Springs, MO. He graduated from Shawnee Mission Rural High School in 1939. Uncle Sam began drafting young men for military service as World War II was about to get underway. On December 7, 1941, WWII officially began. Four months later Don was proud to be sworn into the United States Naval Reserves. Upon his honorable discharge, he embarked on a 35 year career at Southwestern Bell in July 1947. He also enlisted in the US Marine Corp Reserves. During this time, as Dad liked to say, the Lord and his friend, Jim, introduced him to the girl of his dreams, Betty Jean Gulley. They married on October 21, 1949. Their marriage thrived over 68 years and was blessed with 3 children.

Don was preceded in death by: his parents, James and Grace (Parker) Parr and his brother, James Parr.
Survivors include: his loving wife, Betty, of the home; daughters Pam (Rocky) Hughes and Patti (Rick) Hollingsworth, both of De Soto; son Don Jr. (Vicky) Parr of De Soto; grandchildren: Joe Moore, Lindsey Cirrintano, Tricia Quisenberry, Traci Simpson, Donny Parr III, Emily Parr, Sadie Parr, Sachie Parr and 17 great-grandchildren.

Don was a Godly man and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a friend to everyone he met, a great storyteller and loved to share his life adventures. He was extremely proud of his family and extended family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to De Soto Baptist Church, Box E, De Soto, KS 66018 or Lenexa Baptist Church, 15320 West 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

20

Jul

6:00 PM 7/20/2017 6:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
De Soto Baptist Church

8655 Copeland Way
P.O. Box E
De Soto, KS 66018

De Soto Baptist Church
8655 Copeland Way De Soto 66018 KS
United States

Funeral Service

Thursday

20

Jul

7:00 PM 7/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
De Soto Baptist Church

8655 Copeland Way
P.O. Box E
De Soto, KS 66018

De Soto Baptist Church
8655 Copeland Way De Soto 66018 KS
United States

Private Graveside

Friday

21

Jul

10:00 AM 7/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
De Soto Cemetery

34500 W 87th Street
De Soto, KS 66018

De Soto Cemetery
34500 W 87th Street De Soto 66018 KS
United States

Memorial Contribution

Lenexa Baptist Church

15320 West 87th St. Pkwy
Lenexa, KS 66219

De Soto Baptist Church

8655 Copeland Way
P.O. Box E
De Soto, KS 66018
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