SPRINGFIELD – Orville T. Parnell Jr., 76, of Springfield died at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on June 3, 1934, in Springfield, IL to Orville T. and Julia M. Mason Parnell Sr. He married Carolyn A. Fickas on September 30, 1954. His parents, 1 son, Ronald, and 1 brother, Pete, preceded him in death.
Orville is survived by his wife, Carolyn A. Parnell; 1 daughter. Debra Parnell of Springfield; 1 son. Larry (Marilyn Sam) Parnell of Springfield; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Helen Rayburn of Eldridge, IA; 1 brother, Bob (Peggy) Parnell of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was a longtime member of the Eagles Club. He enjoyed watching the Cardinals and traveling. Orville was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He was a driver salesman for various companies, including Sunbeam Bread/Purity Baking Co., from where he retired.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home, with Rodney Fickas officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association .
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