Bach, Parnell Edmund
Parnell Edmund Bach, age 80, died at his home on Monday, Feb. 16, 2004. He was
born on April 16, 1923, in Madison, to Carl Joseph and Hattie (Lee) Bach.
Parnell was united in marriage to Betty Jane Colbert on July 29, 1944. After
graduating from West High School in 1941, Parnell served as a pilot in the air
transport command during World War II. After returning to Madison, he attended
the University of Wisconsin, where he obtained a master's degree in art
education. Parnell taught art at West High School until his retirement. His
artwork depicted primarily disappearing rural farm scenes and natural habitats
of Wisconsin. He enjoyed fishing up north in Manitowish Waters and the Rice
Creek area with his sons and grandson. Parnell made everyone feel as though they
were his friend. He was a very proud man and a true gentleman - the best husband
a woman could ever want. Parnell and Betty were looking forward to their 60th
wedding anniversary this summer. Parnell is survived by his wife, Betty Jane;
his sons, Gregory (Joan) and Gary; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Bach; his good
friend, Lee Bjornstad; his grandsons, Alexander Bach and Jason Bach; and many
nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his
parents and his brother, John Bach. Parnell's family would like to thank Bob
Weber for his friendship and support. Parnell's wish was that there be no
services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the West
High School Art Department, 30 Ash St. Madison, WI 53726.
"And if God wills, shall but love thee better after death."
Cress Funeral Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434