Raymond R. Parcher, 79, of Norwalk, died Friday evening, March 1, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 29, 1933, in Sandusky, son of the late Ross and Cora (Thompson) Parcher, and was a lifelong Norwalk area resident. Ray served in the Korean War with the 76th Engineering Battalion of the U.S. Army.
He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Norwalk, and enjoyed playing on the church dartball team for many years.
He was a 1952 graduate of Margaretta High School where he ran track, played football and was on the 1952 Margaretta Championship Basketball team. He was a journeyman carpenter having worked with Hinde Development and Leo Kaufman Construction. He also worked for Taystee Bread, B.F. Goodrich and retired from Tenneco Automotive Clevite in 1994.
He was a youth baseball coach, was a former president of Western Reserve Athletic Boosters, and was an avid sports fan.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Harriet (Schnee) Parcher, of Norwalk; his children and their spouses, Rebecca Parcher, of Norwalk, Timothy and Darla Parcher, of New London, Laura Winkler, of Norwalk, and Amy Parcher, of Kane, Pa.; his grandchildren, Kyle Winkler, Michael Parcher, Thomas Parcher and Katelyn Winkler; his stepgrandchildren, Danielle and David Risner; and by his nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his brother, John Lipp Jr.; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Parker; and by his son-in-law, William Winkler.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 243 Benedict Ave., Norwalk. The Rev. Philip Gardner will officiate. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Peter Lutheran Radio Broadcast Fund or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH, 44870.
Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.