KENOSHA, Wis. — Gaylerd M. Parr, 83, of Kenosha, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at Froedtert South St. Catherine Campus. Gaylerd died 47 years to the day that his son, Marlon passed away.
Gaylerd was born in Viroqua, to Edmond and Pearl (Peterson) Parr Nov. 8, 1934. He was educated in the schools of Viroqua and was a proud graduate of the class of 1953. During high school, Gaylerd was a boxer and he participated in the last high school boxing match in Wisconsin’s history. On June 28, 1958, he married Audrey Oldenburg in Chaseburg. She preceded him in death in 2012. Gaylerd had a vivid memory of his and his families life growing up and could recall minuscule details that had escaped others.
Gaylerd was employed at AMC/Chrysler, retiring in 1997, after 38 years on the job. He loved the outdoors, playing golf at Muni, and enjoyed trout fishing and hunting, both turkey and deer. He always looked forward to spending time at his cabin on top of Newton Hill. He was also a talented artist, who was always drawing or sketching. He was a member of UAW Local 72, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He loved going to the union hall on Thursday’s for coffee, the Local 72 union meetings and the AMC retirees breakfast, the second Tuesday of the month. Gaylerd enjoyed food...except olives and raw tomatoes. He like to be first in the food line at family gatherings.
He is survived by his children, Mickey Parr and Laurie (John Thomka) Parr-Nelson, both of Kenosha; as well as his grandchildren, Joshua Parr, Kurtis Nelson, Amelia (Adam) Nelson, Jesse Nelson and Elizabeth Thomka; and great-grandchildren, Jonathon, Alexis, Haley, Zakary, Zoey, Faith and Molly. He is further survived by his brothers, Duane Parr of Viola and Donnie (Helen) Parr of Viroqua; and by his sisters, Cheryl (Bill) Jenkins of West Salem and Gloria (Jerry) Kilmer of Viroqua.
Gaylerd was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son, Marlon in 1970; his brother, Harlen and a brother, Eugene in infancy.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Kemper Center’s Founders Hall, 6501 Third Ave., Kenosha. Visitation with the family will be from noon until the time of the service at Founders Hall.
“The old man from the mountain is finally home.”