Lee F. Parrish

March 05, 1954 ‒ February 28, 2019

Lexington, Ohio

Lee passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family into the loving arms of God on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the age of 64 after a sixteen-month struggle with brain cancer. Lee was the beloved husband of Gretchen and devoted father to his three sons, Eric, Robin, and Monty.

Born on March 5, 1954, in Meshoppen, PA to Jean and Carver Parrish, Lee grew up in Cliffwood Lake, NJ, where he explored the surrounding woods and watershed and was a member of the Boy Scouts. Following high school, he spent several years exploring the American west—hiking, teaching yoga, and studying holistic medicine. He eventually returned east to Blairstown, NJ, where he started a health food store called Nature’s Harvest. A short time later, he met and fell in love with Gretchen Ebinger, and on November 28, 1981, Lee and Gretchen were married in nearby Hackettstown, NJ. While continuing to support his family, Lee attended Kean College and UMDNJ, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. Lee and Gretchen soon moved to Ohio and eventually settled in Lexington where they raised their three sons. For more than two decades, Lee worked as a physical therapist and spine specialist at the Ohio Health Mansfield Wellness Complex until his diagnosis in November of 2017. His family will forever be grateful for the care of his nurses and doctors and the love and support from his extended family, friends, and coworkers. Special thanks to Ohio Health Hospice for their loving care of Lee in his final days.

Lee will be remembered by everyone who knew him for his kind heart, generosity, and endless curiosity about the universe. He was a lifelong spiritual seeker who was passionate about astronomy, as well as being an exceptionally talented woodworker, gardener, and maker of puns. His sense of humor and love of the natural world were infectious. Lee showed everyone around him how to trust in God and to face adversity calmly and with an open and accepting heart. He was able to find meaning and worth in every experience he faced, no matter how difficult. In addition to his family, friends, and coworkers, he will also be remembered by hundreds of former patients for his compassion and skill.

In addition to his wife and three sons, he is survived by his daughter-in-law, Catherine Parrish, and grand-daughter, Emma Parrish; his brother, Carver Parrish; his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Dan and Debbie (Skok) Snyder and Mark and Lisa (Pintavalle) Ebinger; his aunt, Norma Flesher; and his nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Carver and Jean (Abbey) Parrish, his father- and mother-in-law Frederick and Jacquelyn (Flesher) Ebinger, and by his nephew, Mark Kevin Ebinger. At Lee’s request, his family is celebrating his life and mourning his passing privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society’s Defeat GBM Research Collaborative (www.defeatgbm.org).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Lee’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • my most sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of lee. although i never had the privilege of meeting this gentleman, his legacy somewhat precedes him. debbie and dan are my sister-in-law and brother-in-law (eileen was my sister). do hold memories and happy times close to your heart, and, in time, allow your tears to change to smiles. i wish i had known lee. a life well lived. peace to you and your family.

  • Gretchen,
    I have admired your bravery during this challenging time.
    Lee was one of the most peaceful people I knew.
    I hope happy memories of him will help you through the journey ahead.


  • Lee was such a kind person. I had the pleasure of having him as a therapist. We would talk about music as a distraction and he always met me with a smile. My deepest sympathies to his friends and family.

  • Dear Gretchen, sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. You will all be in my prayers.

  • Lee was such a breath of fresh air to work with. Such a kind spirit, witty and smart. My favorite memories with Lee will always be anticipation of the interesting White Elephant gifts he would come up with. Although many interesting ones come to mind. my favorite, the one I cherish most, a hand-made rolling pin. Such a beautiful work of art, just like himself.
    Prayers and love to the Parrish family.

  • My sincere condolences to Gretchen and family.
    I had the great pleasure of working with Lee for several years and regret not seeing him in the most recent years. He made and impact on everyone he came in contact with. I remember Lee always having a smile on his face, so much kindness and compassion for others and how he also cared for them. I learned a lot from Lee, so smart and always eager to teach and help in any way. I have so many fond memories of Lee as I know all of you do. Memories that I hope help comfort you through these difficult times. Much Love.
    Shannan Leeper

  • I wish I had words to take away some of your pain. Lee did a very good job with his family, he was a quality man. I am blessed to have had your family in our lives. My heart and prayers go out to all of you.

  • Lee was an amazing human being in every way. He treated everyone he encountered with a genuine compassion and could always keep a positive outlook in every situation regardless of how difficult it may seem. He was an excellent depiction of what a husband, father, and therapist should be. He helped so many patients and had a huge impact on other therapists he worked with…myself included. His woodworking was incredible along with his ability to be joking with you while maintaining a straight face. I had personal experience with this and still laugh to this day. You can’t say enough about the life of Lee and its impact on those around him. God bless his wonderful family and we pray for peace in this difficult time.

  • Gretchen, Monty and family.

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I had therapy with Lee a couple times and he always was helpful and caring. Connie and I are praying for your family at this time.

    Jay & Connie Porter

  • A tremendous loss. I always enjoyed our conversations about gardening and music. Lee possessed a fantastic wry sense of humor and always had had an entertaining anecdote or story. He cared about his patients and was dedicated to their well being. He would readily assist co-workers, especially new PTA’s, with his knowledge and skills. Truly, a man for all seasons.

  • To the Parrish Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Lee. What a wonderful person and therapist.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Rest In Peace Lee Parrish,you were loved by your family and associates.You will be remembered by all that lives you touched!🙏🙏🎶

  • I was Lee’s patient a number of times over the years. Last visit, he asked me what I expected from the therapy I was receiving. He made me think realistically and my reply was “to be able to function with as little pain as possible”.
    I was so sorry to hear that he was ill. He has helped so many people over the years in both work and life and I feel blessed to have met him.

  • Robin and Family,

    Our family is saddened to read of the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

    Marty and Amy Campbell Family