William Clair Parrish, 86

William Clair Parrish, 86, Clover Run, Mahaffey, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012, at his home.

He was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Bell Township, a son of the late William Howard and Clara Rosella (Daisher) Parrish.

For 63 years, he was married to his loving wife, Eileen L. (London) Parrish, who survives.

Mr. Parrish was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Merchant Marines and receiving the Pacific War Zone Bar.

He retired after many years from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier.

Mr. Parrish was a member of the Mt. Carmel Church in Clover Run, where he served on the Board of Directors, and as a teacher and superintendent of Sunday School.

He enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading and time with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include six children, Tom Parrish of Mahaffey, Wanda Stover and husband Danie of DuBois, Ted and wife Virginia of Mahaffey, Beatrice Livingston and husband Samuel of Woodland, Betty Pardee and husband Terry of Cherry Tree, and Jessie Beatty and husband Robert of Coolspring; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Eleanor Louise Bouch of Mahaffey, Susanna Peace of Clearfield and JoAnn Stiver of Barnsville, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Irvin Parrish; and a sister, Dorothy Jean Esposti.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the Waldron Funeral Home, Mahaffey.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at the Mt. Carmel Church with Pastors Tom McCracken and Roger McGary officiating.

Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

The family requests donations may be made in Mr. Parrish's name to the American Cancer Society or the DRMC Hospice.

Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com.