In Loving

Robert Lee Parrish

November 17, 1937 – April 21, 2023

Robert “Bob” Lee Parrish, 85, of Richmond, Virginia passed away peacefully on April 21, 2023, in his home with his wife by his side. He was born to the late Robert Wilson and Edith Lee Parrish on November 17, 1937, in Moline, Illinois.

Bob was preceded in death by his son, Robert “Troy”.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Katherine JoAnne; son, Rodney (Kelly, Audrey, Samantha, and Carson); daughter, Susanna “Susi” Armstrong (Mark, Kendall, and Austin); daughter-in-law, Melissa “Missy” Parrish Herbert (Conner and Lindsey); and son, Timothy “Timmy” (Kimberly, Riley, Chloe, and Logan).  He is also survived by his brother, Richard Parrish (Judy, Annie, Rachel, and Jason).

Growing up he was an accomplished wrestler on the Moline High School wrestling team.  After graduating high school, he served our country as a proud member of the U.S. Navy.  As a young man, he earned his brown belt in Judo.  He was a Master of Sales throughout his life. He always had an entrepreneurial mindset from starting a shredding company (Fredd Shredd), to restaurants and multiple other ventures. His hobbies included travel, fishing, working in the yard (especially his pond), and refinishing furniture.  And he always enjoyed spending time with his family.

We will receive family and friends for a visitation and celebration of Bob’s life anytime between 2 pm to 4 pm on Friday, April 28 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA. A private service for the family will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Feedmore, 1415 Rhoadmiller Street, Richmond, VA 23220 or Children’s Hospital Foundation Richmond VA, PO Box 1896, Merrifield, VA 22116.

Memorial Gathering


Affinity Funeral Service

2720 Enterprise Pkwy

Richmond, VA 23294


Friday, April 28, 2023


2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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  1. Julie Andrew April 25, 2023 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Have so many memories of good times in the Quad Cities with Uncle Bob. It was nice to see his sense of humor had not changed last time we visited. He will be missed.
    Love you all

  2. Joanna Heiskill April 25, 2023 at 11:38 am - Reply

    My deepest condolances to Joanne and the entire Parrish Family. May Bob rest in the Lord’s eternal peace, in Jesus name.

  3. Joy Elliott April 25, 2023 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    JoAnne I’m keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I know our Heaven Father has his arms wrapped around all of you.

  4. Rodney April 25, 2023 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Bob – was a great father and most of all, one of the kindest people a person could ever cross paths with!

  5. Nancy Nero April 25, 2023 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and all of the family.

  6. Joey Liles April 26, 2023 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    To the Parrish family. I’m saddened to hear of Bob’s passing.He always treated me like family and always supported our band that Rodney and I played in over the several years.Rodney,Timmy,and Troy were and still are like brothers to me.He was always a positive influence on all of us. I have you all in my prayers.

  7. Ben V Thompson April 26, 2023 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Bob was a great guy always ready for a good laugh. He will be missed by many.

  8. Eileen Hutton Makedon July 19, 2023 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    So sorry JoAnne for your loss. You may not remember me, His cousin, Eileen, and my husband was Gus Makedon. So many years have gone by and I had been searching Bobby and you guys, and Richard too. I live in Denham Springs, Louisiana . I lost my husband Gus, on February 3, 2023 after 67 years. I would love to talk to you one day. The only ones left in our generation areDavid Lee, uncle Andy’s son and Ginny, aunt Bess’s daughter. Prayers for you and your family.

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