Major Richard Alan Parry, US Army, Retired, of Morton, PA passed away on December 11, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Edith (nee Erickson) Parry, sister Patricia Cleary, brothers-in-law Charles Mattioli, Anthony and Lawrence Caporelli.
Dick Parry graduated from Northeastern High School in Manchester, PA in 1964. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in Vietnam. Dick earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Penn State in 1972. He continued his education and earned his Master of Social Work from Marywood University, Scranton, PA, in 1975. Upon graduating, Dick was commissioned as a 1LT in the US Army and served as a social work officer until his military retirement in 1991. He continued his career in social work as a Family Advocacy officer in Alaska and then at McGuire AFB, NJ.
More than anything, Dick enjoyed spending time with his family. His desire to explore each duty station provided for many exciting and memorable family adventures. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed kayaking, biking, tennis, and camping. He loved good food and cooking for his family – his chili, linguini & clam sauce, and meatloaf were family favorites. From a young age he was fascinated by film and video photography. He captured many adventures with family and friends during trips, celebrations, and everyday moments at home. These films and videos will be cherished always by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He made many friends over the years and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Anyone who knew Dick Parry knew a kind, loving, and gentle man, who never had a harsh word to say and always had a smile on his face.
Dick is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, AnnMarie (nee Caporelli), loving children Michael (Jill), Natalie Armstrong (Collin), Lisa Lawrence (Allen) and Laura Prescott (Clinton). He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Wilson, Isabella, Ellison, Cooper, Lincoln, Josephine, Sylvester, Kennedy, and Matisse, his brother Robert (Ellen), brother-in-law John Caporelli and sister-in-law Nancy Mattiolli. His extended family includes an aunt, an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to his Visitation on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at The Knoetgen-Donohue Funeral Home, 746 Kedron Avenue, Morton, PA, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM followed by his Funeral Service at 11:30 AM. Interment with military honors will be at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s memory may be offered to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org , PTSD Foundation, https://ptsdusa.org or to a Veterans’ organization of your choice.