Robert passed away on August 7, 2016.
Here’s a copy of his obituary, which can also be accessed at LancasterOnline.. Thank you cousin Stephen for sending it to me.
Robert E. Parmer Jr. Obituary
I think I would have liked to have known Robert better, but I’m sure glad I was able to meet him.
Robert served in the military, as did several of his siblings. You can read more about the family’s service on my previous post. Here is a collection of photos regarding Robert’s military service.
Robert E. Parmer Jr. military service
Robert E. Parmer, Jr.
Robert in 1943 with military buddies, Peri and Nolan, in Shreseport, LA.
Robert E Parmer, Jr., age 25
Here’s some photos of Robert’s siblings who served in the military.
Top Row: Harry, Earl, Charles Bottom Row: Harry, Richard, Sam
Thanks for your service men!
I figured calling Robert would not be a good option based on my previous phone calls. So we just drove to his home. He welcomed us in and shared lots of family pictures, some of which I have used in previous posts, including those about Samuel E. Parmer, who is Robert’s grandfather. Robert’s father is Robert E. Parmer, Sr.
Robert Jr. was interested in preserving family photos. He decided at some point that it was important to pass on family knowledge to future generations. So he made copies of family photos, identified the individuals in the photos, and laminated them. He produced many copies and would give them out at family reunions. Imagine my joy at seeing all those photos!
Here is a collection of some of his photos, along with an introduction in Robert’s own hand.
Introduction to Robert’s photos.
Meet Robert. Here’s a picture of him and me on July 3, 2015.
Meeting Robert E. Parmer Jr., July 3, 2015
Robert was 95 years old and going strong. He lived by himself in an upstairs condo and still drove himself around. Do you see the sandwiches on the counter in the background? He was preparing his lunches for the week.
Robert E. Parmer Jr. was born on September 13, 1919 to Robert E. Parmer and Esther Suter. He is the grandson of Samuel E. Parmer and the great-grandson of Samuel M. Parmer.
On my initial visit to Lancaster, PA, Robert was on my list of people to hopefully visit. I had cold-called him on the telephone before visiting Lancaster, but he had a hard time hearing and understanding what I was saying over the telephone. So on my last day in Lancaster, I told Ronald that I’d like to visit Robert. I’m so glad we did!