Longtime Highland resident Orian Robert “Bud” Parnell, born on Nov. 3, 1932, died Aug. 16, 2019, in San Bernardino.
Bud was born in Clovis, N.M. to loving parents Donnie James Parnell and Agnes Ruby Tull, the fifth of eight children.
The family relocated to San Bernardino and Orian attended school in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. He was a Protestant who believed in God.
In 1950, Parnell joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He earned the rank of corporal and received an honorable discharge in 1954.
Bud married the love of his life Jolene Love on New Year’s Eve 1952.
Jolene was a good friend of Bud’s sister. They met and fell in love when Bud came home from Korea. He was 19 and Jolene was 15.
Together the couple had three children, Jo Ellen Parnell, Judith Ann Parnell and Don Wayne Parnell.
As a father and community man, Bud was active in Highland Little League and Pony-Colt League. In 1974, he served as president of the Pony-Colt League.
Bud worked as a plaster and manufacturing foreman. He was a hard and dedicated worker who showed up everyday. He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters. He served as chief ranger. He was also a golden eagle in the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Bud was strong-willed, hones, hardworking and dependable. He loved unconditionally. He enjoyed auto racing, team roping/rodeo, cb radios, and he loved his beautiful backyard.
Bud leaves to cherish precious memories his wife of 66 years, Jolene Parnell; his children Jody, Judy and Don; grandchildren Alfonso, Adrian, Megan, Eric, Adam and Andrea; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings Ruby Mickelson and Gracie Wilson; special friend, Armond Mount; and a host of nieces, nephews, loving relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Don, Wayne, Wendell, Joyce, Billie Jo and special friend Wes Carnes.
His funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 30, at Riverside National Cemetery.