Philip Dean Parish



Philip Dean Parish, 83, of Kennard passed away on the evening of Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Community Hospital in Anderson.

He was born on September 7, 1940 in Carthage, IN, a son of the late Russell Lowell and Anna Elizabeth (Storie) Parish.

Phil was a 1958 graduate of Carthage High School where he played basketball and ran cross country. He married the love of his life, Janell Conner, on October 6, 1963 at Fountaintown Christian Church. Phil worked in sales traveling across Indiana for several farming equipment companies including Hesston Corporation and Bush Hog Corporation. He was a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing karaoke, dancing, reading, studying history and current events. Phil loved his family, his dogs and telling funny stories and jokes to anyone along his way.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Janell Parish; a son, Philip “Alan” (Jill) Parish; six grandchildren, Jake Doty, Monica (Mitch) Pohlar, Morgan Wehr, Brooke Conover, Leslie Conover, Maddie Brockman and a great-granddaughter, Annabel Pohlar.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a twin brother, Billy Gene Parish and a sister, Jacqueline Sue Moore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army in honor of Phil. He always said, “There is nothing worse than a child going without Christmas!”

Visitation will be held from 5 – 8pm, Thursday, September 14, 2023 at Heritage Funeral Care in Knightstown.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, September 15, 2023 at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson with Pastor Bob Lines officiating.

You may send the family a personal condolence online at The Hunt family and Heritage staff are honored to serve the family of Phil Parish.