OBITUARY: Oliver James Parish

Oliver James Parish, born on Aug. 26, 1926, in Manchester, England, to Frank Parish and Elsie McKee, completed his journey here on Earth on October 1, 2020, holding his wife’s hand.

As a young man, he would preach on the street corners in England.  Oliver came to the United States when his friends collected the money necessary to allow Oliver to immigrate to study at Moody Bible Institute and pursue his calling to preach.  Oliver graduated from Moody Bible institute and dedicated his life to serving the Lord.

While at Moody, he met his wonderful wife Anita Ferwerda. Oliver and Anita were married on April 2, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. Together they served in Baptist churches for over 50 years.

Oliver is survived by his wife Anita of Newton his son Robert Parish of Jersey Shore, Pa., his daughters Susan Johnson of Sterling and Janet Befus of Farmington, Minn. Oliver and Anita were blessed with 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Well done, good and faithful servant of the Lord. Enter into the joy of your master. (Matthew 25:23)

A Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Grace Community Church with Pastor Kyle Schanbacher officiating. We ask that those whose attend please wear a mask and follow safe distancing guidelines.

Memorials are suggested to Kidron Bethel and may be sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, KS, 67114.

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