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April 6, 2018
Robert Parent, age 79, of Marysville, died Friday, April 6, 2018 at The Laurels in Mt. Vernon. A 34-year associate of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, he worked at the New Bedford, Massachusetts plant for 25 years and transferred to Marysville, Ohio from where he retired in 2001 and was a member of United Steelworkers Union. A veteran of the United States Army, he was stationed in Germany during his service. A devout Roman Catholic, he was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He was a fitness enthusiast and especially enjoyed running and weightlifting. An avid reader, he was known for his sense of humor and witty storytelling. Above all, he loved spending time with his beloved wife, children and grandchildren. He was born December 21, 1938 in New Bedford, Massachusetts to the late Joseph William and Mina Dias Parent, Sr. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Joyce Ann Sylvia Parent; and his brother, Leo. He is survived by his two daughters, Michelle (Allen) Parent-Wetmore of Attleboro, Massachusetts and Rochelle (John “Jack”) Kunkler of Marysville; two grandsons, Hunter and Indiana; two granddaughters, Hope and Abigail; two brothers, Joseph (Darlene) Parent, Jr. of Florida and Gerald (Suzanne) Parent of Massachusetts; and many nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Underwood Funeral Home where the Holy Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. by Deacon Gordon Kunkler. Rev. Fr. Kevin J. Kavanagh will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial 12 noon Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Burial will be beside his wife at the church’s cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Union County Military Funeral Honor Guard. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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