Parry’s life began on September 9, 1948, the son of James and Gladys (Purkeypile) Owen in El Dorado, Kansas. He graduated Class of 1966 from El Dorado High and attended Wichita State University. He married Sandra “Sandi” Kay McLean on June 2, 1969, in Towanda. This coming June they would have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Parry was in a league of his own with record strike-outs, placed 4th in regionals, top pitcher and batter in 1966 in the State of Kansas, enjoyed bowling, played racquetball, rode motorcycles, loved his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He worked for Beech as a computer operator and programmer and then for the past 26 years he owned and operated his own business “Simply Healthy”.
His loving family includes his wife, Sandi of the home; daughter and her husband, Yevonne and Daniel Gorman of Towanda; son and his wife, Jeff and Yukari Owen of Kechi; siblings, Marviss Warren of El Dorado, Charlotte (Robert) Charles of Valley Center, Kathryn Blanck of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jim (Louise) Owen of Durand, Illinois; 13 grandchildren, Ellie (Shawn) Rinkenbaugh, Emilee, Edyn (Lukas) Weber, Elijah, Easton, Eagan, Edison, Eryanna, Eriden, Emberlyn, Christian, Leah, and Maddie Kay and one great-grandson, Ezra.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Arliss Owen. Parry passed away into his heavenly home on Friday, January 4, 2019, having reached the age of 70 years old.
A celebration of his life will be held at First Christian Church, 300 W. Central in El Dorado on Friday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Stan Seymour officiating. He will be laid to rest at a private family service in the Towanda Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to The Parry D. Owen Baseball Scholarship Fund c/o Butler County Community College or to Carlson Funeral Home to help defray funeral expenses. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Parry at www.carlsoncolonial.com
Parry D. Owen Baseball Scholarship c/o Butler County Community College Foundation
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