Heaven gained another angel on Saturday, August 25th, 2018. Mac, age 92, was a beloved husband to Shirley and the two celebrated 69 years of marriage this year. They have four children: Judy, Bruce, Brion, and Brady. Mac was a cherished father, grandfather and brother.
Harold McVille “Mac” Parcell, Jr. was born on March 13, 1926 to Harold and Lillie Parcell in Louisville, Kentucky. During his youth, Mac’s family moved from Kentucky to Ohio, eventually settling in Toledo. He graduated from Libbey High School in 1944 and was a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation, Mac served in the Army Air Corps from September, 1944 to November, 1945.
Mac graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo in 1949 with a degree in chemical engineering. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and, within the last 15 years, began attending get-togethers with a number of his fraternity brothers. Mac proudly worked for 44 years as a Color Chemist for Textileather Corporation, color matching for the big three in the auto industry.
Church was a very important part of Mac’s life and he was a humble and modest servant of the Lord. As a youth Mac attended Norwood West End Church of Christ which is where he met the love of his life, Shirley Ruhl. They were married on June 11, 1949 at the Norwood Church which relocated and became Hampton Park Christian Church the following year. They remained steadfast members of Hampton Park for the next six decades. Mac loved to sing tenor in the choir and taught Sunday school for five decades alongside Shirley. He served as an Elder in the church for many years and was appointed to the position of Elder Emeritus.
Family trips held a special place and, for many years, were to Clear Lake in Indiana. Once the children were a little older, it was time to show them the country and an extended vacation to the west and southwest was taken. The following year the family traveled to the eastern and southern states. Mac and Shirley took annual trips to Montana to visit their daughter Judy and her family. Mac absolutely loved the beauty of the state and enjoyed hiking in the area. Amazingly, Mac climbed Mount Ranier in Washington in 1975 with his sons Brion and Brady as part of a contingent of Boy Scouts from Toledo. They met up with other Scouts from all over the country, but Mac and his sons were the only ones from Troop 14.
For 44 years Mac was involved in Boy Scouts with a majority of that time serving in the position of Scoutmaster of Troop 14 at Hampton Park. Scouting spurred his love of adventure and travel. He made two trips to Philmont Scout Ranch, the last in 1999, and also went to the National Jamboree numerous years. He especially loved the monthly campouts and the food and proudly knew his way around Camp Miakonda and Camp Pioneer like the back of his hand! The number of young men that Mac led through the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America is innumerable and his impact great.
Another important chapter in Mac’s life was his and Shirley’s sponsorship of the Dao family from Vietnam beginning in the early 1990s when they immigrated to the United States. They love the Dao family as their own and the Dao’s consider Mac and Shirley their “adopted” grandparents. The family still lives in the Toledo area and have maintained a close relationship with Mac and Shirley.
Mac was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister, Bonnie Jean Meyerhoff. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, four children, Judy (Bob) Derlatka, Bruce (Carol) Parcell, Brion Parcell, and Brady Parcell. He was ever-proud of his nine grandchildren: Jason (Caroline) Derlatka, Rachel (Mark) DeJarnatt, Daniel (Amber) Derlatka, Jason (Rachel) Bonaminio, Christina (Shane) Deiger, Robert (Brandi) Parcell, Justin (Megan) Parcell, Caitlin (Peter) Moon, and Shannon Parcell. In addition, Mac is survived by an amazing 19 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren! He absolutely doted on the grandchildren, saying often how precious they were!
Harold Parcell was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and servant of the Lord. Anyone who knew him would agree and we all have our stories to share of his impact on our lives. The depth of his love for others is only matched by how much he will be missed. We can take comfort in knowing that he is with his Lord and is at peace.
A Celebration of Mac’s life will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4030 Douglas Road, Toledo. A family graveside service with military honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Peace at Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery.
“Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:23