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Richard Carroll Parkinson

August 28, 1940 April 24, 2022
Richard Carroll Parkinson
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RICHARD CARROLL PARKINSON, 81, of Morrison, IL, died Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, IL.

His Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrison, with Rev. Father Slawomir Zimodro, Celebrant of the Mass and Rev. Father William Antillon, concelebrant. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 28th at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. A memorial to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital has been established.

Richard was born August 28, 1940, in Chicago, IL, to Kenneth C. and Mae L. (Carroll) Parkinson. He was a graduate of Park Military Academy in Chicago, and in 1961 he graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, IA, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational & Technical Education. He continued on at Iowa State and in 1964 he received a Master’s in Educational Administration. After graduation he was an instructor at the Fort Dodge, IA High School and Junior College until 1966. He then moved to Morrison and became an Instructor, Department Chair, Academic Dean and Placement Officer for the Institute of Drafting and Technology, now known as Morrison Institute of Technology. He remained there until his passing. He was the President of the College for 22 years, held the position of Chief Financial Officer for three years, and for the last twelve years held the position of Vice President of Finances and Facilities Planning. Richard, affectionately known as Mr. “P”, devoted his life to the college and his church - St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Morrison. He enjoyed taking students on outings, traveling in his motorhome and spending time with his dogs. Richard was on the parish Finance Council, was very involved in the church renovation and improvements and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies included skiing, hiking, aviation and ATV riding.

Survivors include a cousin, Mary Ellen (Bill J.) Woertz of Glenwood Springs, CO, and her son, William Carroll Woertz. He also leaves one brother, Kenneth R. Parkinson, his church and Morrison Tech family and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank Rock River Hospice for their wonderful care during Richard’s last days.
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4:00 PM 4/28/2022 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4/28/2022 7:00:00 PM
Bosma-Renkes - Morrison Chapel

404 Lincolnway East
Morrison, IL 61270

Bosma-Renkes - Morrison Chapel
404 Lincolnway East Morrison 61270 IL
United States





10:30 AM 4/29/2022 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church

13320 Garden Plain Road
Morrison, IL 61270

St. Mary Catholic Church
13320 Garden Plain Road Morrison 61270 IL
United States

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Grove Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

East High Street
Morrison, IL 61270

East High Street Morrison 61270 IL
United States

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