RIP, Deacon Harold Parn

Deacon Harold L. Parn, 87, of Quincy, Illinois, formerly of Monroe City, a retired permanent deacon of the Jefferson City diocese, died on June 11 in Quincy.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 15 in St. Anthony Church in Quincy.
Burial was in Holy Rosary Cemetery in Monroe City.
Ordained to the diaconate in 1979, Deacon Parn assisted the pastor of Holy Rosary parish in Monroe City before moving to Quincy.
He was born June 9, 1930, in Pontiac, the firstborn of eight children of Harold Henry and Anna Marie Gerken Parn.
On July 4, 1953, in Holy Rosary Church, he was united in marriage to Dorothy J. Mudd, who survives of the home.
Deacon Parn served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1949 to 1952.
He was active with Right to Life and made many trips to Washington, D.C. with the youth of Holy Rosary parish.
Deacon Parn had served as an alderman for the City of Monroe, and, at age 60, he received his EMT license and was an EMT for the Monroe City Ambulance District.
In Quincy, he was an active member of the Korean War Veterans group.
Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters, Carol Durfee and Juanita Anderson.
Surviving are five children, Allan (Susie) Parn, Randy (Holly) Parn, both of Monroe City, Brad Parn of Olathe, Kan., Pam (Ron) Eftink, of Quincy and Terry (Nancy) Parn, of Ball Ground, Ga.; brothers, Gary (Chris) Parn, Tony (Nena) Parn, and Niles Parn, all of Central Illinois; sisters, Irma Yates and Janice Parn, both of Central Illinois; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren (one of them due to be born in January) and numerous nieces and nephews.

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