FARMER CITY – Carl E. "Chico" Parr, 68, of Farmer City passed away at 11:31 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2012) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, with Jerry Hawn officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Carl E. "Chico" Parr memorial fund. The money will be used for youth athletics at a later date.
"Chico" was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Farmer City, a son of Samuel O. and Alma Louise Carr Parr. He was formerly married to Carolyn Kaye Pitchford.
He is survived by two sons, Christopher L. (Anne) Parr of Champaign and Craig S. (Deborah) Parr of Maumee, Ohio; stepmother, Thelma Parr of Farmer City; grandchildren, Ava Parr, Ean Parr, Jarrett Parr, Brittany Parr and Kristine Parr; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Hurst and Emma Melton; brothers and sisters, Steven (Liz) Parr of Ankeny, Iowa, Albert (Dia) Parr of Carbondale, Marsha Pawlina of Oldsmar, Fla., Robert (Linda) Parr of Champaign, Marty (Connie) Tarter of Farmer City, Rusty Tarter of DeSoto, Susan (Ed) Tess of Seminole, Fla., and Scott Parr of Odessa, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim Parr; and two sisters, Mary Lou Eastin and Sharon Rae Hughes.
"Chico" was a retired machine operator for AC Humko, Champaign. He was a former member of the Illinois National Guard, Bloomington.
"Chico" was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City, member of the Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City, and past City of Farmer City Council member.
Carl received his nickname "Chico" from his Little League Baseball coach, who knew he was a Chicago White Sox fan and his favorite player was Chico Carrasquel, shortstop for the Chicago White Sox from 1950-1955.