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Loren Willis Parkinson, 88, of Landis, NC passed away on Monday September 25, 2017 at the Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis surrounded by family. Mr. Parkinson was born on September 18, 1929 in Omaha, NE to William Parkinson, of that city, and Pearle Warne Parkinson. After graduating from Northwestern University, he married his college sweetheart, Dorothy Kreplin of Northfield, Ohio and proudly served his country in the United States Army being deployed in Korea and earning the Bronze Star and Korean Service medals.
Upon returning to Nebraska with his wife, Loren followed his late father’s footsteps as a mortgage banker, builder and real estate developer. He designed and built successful apartment complexes in Omaha and northeastern Nebraska. He and his family subsequently lived in Florida before settling in Landis.
Mr. Parkinson was a long time adult Sunday School teacher both at Forest Park United Methodist Church in Panama City, FL and First United Methodist Church in China Grove, NC. He was an avid bridge player, a voracious reader and book collector, a gardener and a true raconteur who delighted in conversation and storytelling.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gerald Parkinson.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Kreplin Parkinson of Landis; four children: Linda Bready of Landis, NC, Sheryl Parkinson of New York, NY, Tom Parkinson of Savoy, IL and William Parkinson of Suwanee, GA, their families, eight grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday October 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM at First United Methodist Church of China Grove (110 W. Church St., China Grove, NC 28023), conducted by pastor Michael Goode.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is serving the Parkinson family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.