2018-02-01 / Obituaries

Kyle D. Parr

Kyle D. Parr, 79, Roscommon, died Feb. 3, 2018, at home, with his wife, Donna, and companion, Midget, at his side.

A service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. at Walsh Funeral Home, Roscommon, with Pastor Lonnie Wilkerson officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. 

He was born in LaGrange, IN, March 22, 1938, the son of Donald and Mildred E. (Hawk) Parr. He had lived in the Higgins Lake and Roscommon area since 1978. He previously lived in Sturgis.

He and Donna L. (House) Hermance were married Nov. 23, 1998, in Las Vegas, NV. He worked as a photo engraver, lithographer, carpenter and a "wannabe" musician.

Mr. Parr enjoyed fishing, gardening, yard work, carving and traveling. He was a great storyteller, liked to play jokes and had a huge sense of humor. He believed life was a continuous learning experience. He was also an avid reader.

A luthier, he made many stringed instruments. He also made a cedar strip canoe, wood carvings, canes and other works of art, including a dragon and a unicorn. He would try anything adventurous, including rock climbing, sky diving and parasailing.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Don and Millie Parr.

Surviving Mr. Parr are his wife, Donna Parr; three daughters, Peggy DeFlavis of Naples, FL, Wanda McIntyre of Omaha, NE, and Donna (Brian) Porter of Naples, FL; four stepchildren, Steven (Suzanne) Mowery of Lewiston, Tim (Helene) Mowery of Roscommon, Michelle Mowery of Roscommon and Brian (Tammy) Mowery of Oak Harbor, WA; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sister, Bonnie (Delbert) Steckelberg of Cullowhee, NC; brother, Larry Parr and partner, Bob Bernotus of Sarasota, FL, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Roscommon County Animal Shelter, 1110 Short Dr., Prudenville, MI 48651.

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