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Arthur W. Parry Jr., 90, of Fort Wayne passed away Feb. 5, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at his home.
He was born Aug. 2, 1923, in Fort Wayne. He graduated from South Side High School and earned his B.A. from DePauw University and attended Indiana University studying journalism and law.
His military service included the U.S. Army Reserve Corps from 1942-43, and he served in the European Theater during World War II in the U.S. Army 331st Infantry, 83rd Division from 1943-46. He was the XII Corps Track and Field champion for the 100 meter dash in Regensberg, Germany, during World War II.
He was a lifelong athlete, lettering in track at South Side and DePauw. Numerous records were set in the 100 yard dash including a speedy 9.8 seconds as a senior at DePauw. He was also an avid tennis player and golfer.
He was employed by Moore Business Forms, Patterson Fletcher, Central Soya Company, and co-owner of Prentice Products. Upon retirement he loved to travel and plan big family trips.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur W. and Marguerite Parry, Sr.
Surviving family members include his wife of 64 years, Anna Mae Parry (Jacobson); daughters, Linda Parry of Columbia City, Cynthia Parry (Michael Lemon) of Columbia City, Patricia Molten (Donald C. Molten Jr.) of Hudson, Ohio, and Janet Parry (Steve Boyd) of Mars, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Acres Land Trust, www.acreslandtrust.org or Visiting Nurse Hospice Home at www.vnfw.org.
All are invited to sign our guest book and share a memory on Arthurâ€™s CaringBridge at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/arthurw.parryjr/guestbook.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with calling one hour prior at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St. Fort Wayne. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. John P. Gardner.
Arrangements have been made by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton FHA, 6424 Winchester Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46835. Visit online at www.klaehnfahlmeltonfh.com.