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William E. "Bill" Parkhurst went home to be with the Lord on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2017. He was born in Alexandria, a son of Alonzo and Lefern (Dunn) Parkhurst, on Jan. 12, 1927. He was born one of 11 children, living his early years in Alexandria.
He served his country during World War II, from March 1945 until January 1947.
William met and married the now late Martha E. Hale on Oct.22, 1950; they were married 66 years. They had five children, Linda S. Reagan, Triesha S. (Wayne) Abraham, Orval L. Parkhurst and E. Darlene (Mike) Williams, all of Lebanon, and Keith A. Reagan of Thorntown. Bill had 12 grandchildren, Keith A. Reagan Jr. of Thorntown, Craig (Julie) Reagan, Eric (Courtney) Reagan, Tonya A. (Jake) Hamilton and Trena A. (Criss) Stoggsdill, all of Lebanon, April (Adam) Landel of Indianapolis, William Parkhurst III of Lebanon, Amanda (Mike) Lakin of Noblesville, Katie R. Hess and Jamie A. (Brandon) Brown, both of Crawfordsville, and Michael F. Williams and Joshua K. Williams, of Lebanon. He had 22 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Bill was preceded in death by a grandson, Wayne G. "A.J." Abraham III; and several brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
As a young man, Bill operated the DX Station in downtown Lebanon. He then went to work for Winkler's, which became Stewart Warner Corp. Bill worked there for 21 years until they moved the plant. He then worked for Johnson Engineering and Shell Oil Company, retiring in 1992 due to his health.
He loved spending time with his family, fishing and camping. He enjoyed woodworking, working on cars and lawn mowers, or just tinkering in his garage. In addition, he enjoyed gospel and country music. When you met Bill out and about, he would be whistling a tune. He had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he met.
Bill was a member of the Assembly of God Church in both Lebanon and Brownsburg. While at the Lebanon church, he served as song director, bus driver, usher, superintendent and president of the Assembly of God Men's Fellowship. He later became a member of Glad Tiding and Trinity Chapel.
Visitation will be held from 11 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Interment with military rites will follow at Lincoln Memory Gardens in Whitestown.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on  January 16, 2017
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