Lanny Parrish (December 11, 1942 - April 23, 2023)

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Lanny Parrish
  • December 11, 1942
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  • April 23, 2023

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Lanny Parrish, age 80, passed on April 23, 2023, in The Villages, Florida, following surgery to remove a glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. The second of five children born to Alfred and Elberta Parrish, the family moved from Cloverdale, Indiana to Lowell, Indiana in 1949, where Alfred was a public-school teacher. Lanny graduated from Lowell High School in 1961 and Indiana Barber College in 1963, beginning his barber career that year.

Upon returning from active duty with the U.S. Army Reserves in 1967, he established Lanny’s Barber Shop. He continued to barber for 53 years, retiring to Florida in 2016 to enjoy the warmer weather (and to please Barbara, his wife of 58 years).

Lanny is survived by Barbara; daughter Tracy (John) Wolfe, grandchildren Nathan and Sophia Wolfe of Carmel, IN; son Jeff (Ribka), and grandson Solomon of Decatur, Georgia; brother Larry (Penda); sisters Rebecca Peters, Leah Slusser, and Janet Rosenbrock; many nieces and nephews, to whom he was jokester Uncle Lanny; and his extended in-law Taylor family.

A lifelong Cubs fan, Lanny loved baseball, basketball, tennis, cycling, and visiting national parks on family trips. In his memory, be kind, lend a hand, share a joke, and raise a pint. A Celebration of Life will be held in the future.

“Among the best things we can give each other are good memories.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen.

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  1. Christopher F. Ofcky says:
    26 Apr 2023
    So sorry to hear; all my condolences to the family. This man was practically a way of life in our town, and watched me grow up over 40 years! So thankful to have known him from all of our chats in the chair.

  2. Anthony Shoun says:
    26 Apr 2023
    Lanny was always good for some handsomely crooked sideburns and a huge laugh. I loved coming in there to get "uglier" as he called it. He never wasn't smiling. My heart and love go out to all who knew this kind and beautiful soul. I know I will definitely miss the man who cut my hair for so many years. He was such a unique and wonderful man. Fly High Lanny! ❤️

  3. Rita Saberniak says:
    26 Apr 2023
    I am so sorry for your loss. Lanny was such a great guy giving my guys haircuts, and my daughter had her 1st one at the shop. I still see John some days walking in town and always think of Lanny and how kind he was. May he be at peace in

    Christ's arms.

  4. Marion Paczkowski says:
    26 Apr 2023
    So sorry to hear of Lanny’s passing. He gave our screaming son (now 45) his 1st haircut. We also gave our dog Brownie to Lanny & y’all gave him a good life!
    He was the best barber & gift of gab! We also now live in The Sunny Villages & our thoughts & prayers are with you!
    Chuck & Marion Paczkowski

  5. Janet Rosenbrock lit a candle:
    26 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 26, 2023 at 4:29:23 PM

  6. Bettyann says:
    26 Apr 2023
    So sorry to hear about Lanny's passing. I will miss my neighbor and his kindness.

  7. Bill and Kathy kreft says:
    26 Apr 2023
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers to all, Barbara and your family.

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