Lee F. Parrish
March 05, 1954 ‒ February 28, 2019
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).
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