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Updated: 10/26/2013 03:00:17PM

Ronald R. Parr

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Ronald R. “Ron” Parr, 78, Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Tidewell Hospice House of Port Charlotte, Florida.

He was born Jan. 12, 1935, in Drayton, N.D.

Ron was a retired United States Army major. Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Army, later attended Officer Candidate School and retired in 1974, as commandant of the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. During his 20-year military career, Ron served three tours of duty in Vietnam, most notably as a military advisor and infantry company commander. He was awarded numerous awards and decorations, including most prominently two Silver Stars for gallantry in action, three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star and Palm.

Upon retirement, Ron taught high school and Junior ROTC in North Carolina. He moved to Florida where he worked in real estate and then started Parr Marine Construction, which he ran for more than a decade. Ron’s success in business can be directly attributed to his work ethic, unrelenting integrity and genuine interest in helping others. His attention to detail was legendary. Ron took pride in the fact that he always left his customers satisfied. He retired from daily running the business three years ago. To anybody who knew him, he was one of the most honest, generous, and caring people in the world. Ron was a role model and mentor to so many, and a man of incredible spiritual character. He left behind a legacy built on integrity, loyalty and love.

He is survived by his wife, of 54 years, Fay Parr; children, Shelly Mayr, Ron Parr Jr., Steve Parr, and Mickey Weir; brother, Mark Parr; nine grandsons, two granddaughters; and seven great-granddaughters.

Eventual burial will be in the National Cemetery at Sarasota, Fla., with full Military Honors. ***START SQUATTER****The family would like all to know that the staff at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte was exceptionally compassionate and caring and made Ron’s last few days very peaceful. ***END SQUATTER*** Please consider them for a donation. Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements are by ICS Cremation and Funeral Services.

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