George Parkison, 91

George Abraham Parkison, formerly of Knapp Lake, died at 3 p.m. April 26, 2011 at Avalon Village, Ligonier where he had been a resident since December 2009.He was born Feb. 24, 1920, a son of the late Roy and Bessie (Fuller) Parkison. His formative years were spent in the Wolf Lake area. He graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1938.On Jan. 20, 1942 he entered the United States Army and served in the Pacific Theater. He attained the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged Sept. 28, 1945.On Aug. 24, 1946 he was united in marriage to Mary Evelyn Wysong. They made their home in Noble County. Mrs. Parkison died Jan. 2, 2004.He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a diesel mechanic for over 25 years and finished his work career as a mechanic for Central Noble Schools.He was a member of VFW Post 4717, Wolf Lake.Surviving relatives include two daughters, Suzanne ( N. Fay) Earnhart of Columbia City and Joan R. (Kent) Saggars of Ligonier; two sons, Robert S. (Tamara) Parkison of Crown Point and James R. (Nanette) Parkison of Larwill; eight grandchildren, Scott (Amanda) Saggars, Matthew Hopper, Jennifer Hopper, Andrew (Cass) Parkison, Daniel (Jenny) Parkison, Nick Parkison, Joe Parkison and Betsy (Andrew) Schrock; eight great-grandchildren and his beloved dog, Ginger.In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Don Parkison and a sister, Mary Prince.The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to: Care at Home and Hospice Services of Goshen Hospital or VFW Post 4717, Wolf Lake. Condolences may be sent to