Announcing the passing of Chief Emeritus L. Ross Parmer
 
By Safety Officer Christopher Eno
December 26, 2008
 

It is with very deep regret and sorrow that the Salisbury Township Fire Company announces the passing of Chief Emeritus L. Ross Parmer this morning (12/26/08) at the age of 91.

Chief Parmer faithfully served the Company since 1944, serving as fire chief from 1948-1974 & 1978-1998. At the time of his passing, he was serving the company in the capacity of Assistant Treasurer and as a Fire Police Officer. He also served as assistant fire chief for the company, Emergency Management Director for Salisbury Township, President of the Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association, and as a Pennsylvania State Forest Fire Warden.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

VIEWING:
Monday, December 29, 2008 from 6PM-9PM at Station 4-9; 111 White Horse Road, Gap, PA.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 from 9AM-10AM at Station 4-9; 111 White Horse Road, Gap, PA.

FUNERAL & INTERNMENT:
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 10AM at Station 4-9; 111 White Horse Road, Gap, PA., with internment at the Pequea EC Church 5482 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gap, PA.

Funeral Arrangements by Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home, New Holland Pa. http://www.groffeckenroth.com/index.php

***Per request of Chief Parmer's Family, it is requested that NO fire or EMS apparatus be brought to the viewing or services***

Godspeed, Chief. You will be missed!


This is Chief Parmer's obituary in the Lancaster Newspapers:
"L. Ross Parmer

L. Ross Parmer, 91, of 503 Meetinghouse Road, Gap, PA, formerly of White Horse, died Friday morning, Dec. 26, 2008 at his home following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Lillian H. (Kessler) Parmer, with whom he shared 42 years of marriage. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy K. (McKillips) Parmer, in 1966. He was a member of Pequea E.C. Church, Gap.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late George T. and Elsie (McCowan) Parmer.

Ross had worked 17 years as a welder at Lukens Steel in Coatesville and then had Parmers welding shop in White Horse until retiring in 1982.

He had been a member of White Horse Fire Company for five years before serving as chief for 47 years and also nine years as Fire Police for a total of 61 years of service. Ross had also been Forest Fire Warden for 55 years and a member of Salisbury Sportsmen Association.

Surviving in addition to his wife are stepchildren: Jerri W., married to Cindy L. (Weaver) Parmer of Blue Ball, Cindy D., married to Dennis Adams of Myerstown, Robin J., married to Joe Silva of Leola, and Kevin L., married to Denise (Groff) Parmer of Narvon; ten step grandchildren and ten step great-grandchildren; a niece, Sharon Frankhouser; nephews, Jerry and Dale Frankhouser; and his best friend, John Sheaffer, Jr.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Frankhouser.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m. at the White Horse Fire Company, 111 White Horse Road, Gap, with the Rev. Greg Dimick officiating. Interment will be in the Pequea E.C. Cemetery. Viewing will be held on Monday, Dec. 29, from 6-9 p.m. at the White Horse Fire Co. and also on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. To send the family condolences, visit us at www.groffeckenroth.com. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland."

 
Late 1980's... (L to R) Chief Ross Parmer, Asst. Chief Mark Beyer, and Deputy Chief Elam Riehl pose in front of the 1967 Ford Pumper
Late 1980's... (L to R) Chief Ross Parmer, Asst. Chief Mark Beyer, and Deputy Chief Elam Riehl pose in front of the 1967 Ford Pumper
1980 news article
1980 news article
 
1975 news article
1975 news article
Chief Parmer (right) with the then new 1982 ambulance
Chief Parmer (right) with the then new 1982 ambulance
 
Chief Parmer (left) helping house the 1985 ambulance at Honey Brook in 1986.
Chief Parmer (left) helping house the 1985 ambulance at Honey Brook in 1986.
Chief Parmer (left) with the crew from Ambulance 4-9 with trophies from Honey Brook's 1986 Parade.
Chief Parmer (left) with the crew from Ambulance 4-9 with trophies from Honey Brook's 1986 Parade.
 
Chief Parmer (center) with the crew from Tanker 4-9 with trophies from Honey Brook's 1986 Parade.
Chief Parmer (center) with the crew from Tanker 4-9 with trophies from Honey Brook's 1986 Parade.
Chief Parmer examines the results of a rollover crash on Route 897 at Elam Road in 1986.
Chief Parmer examines the results of a rollover crash on Route 897 at Elam Road in 1986.
 
Marion Sheaffer, Lil Parmer, and Chief Parmer at the annual Company Banquet... 12/5/88
Marion Sheaffer, Lil Parmer, and Chief Parmer at the annual Company Banquet... 12/5/88
Chief Parmer (left) supervising a chimney fire on Narvon Rd. east of Gault Road... 2/5/89
Chief Parmer (left) supervising a chimney fire on Narvon Rd. east of Gault Road... 2/5/89
 
Ambulance 4-9's crew accepts the state Voluntary Ambulance Service Certification, July 9, 1991. Chief Parmer is in the middle of the group, holding the decal.
Ambulance 4-9's crew accepts the state Voluntary Ambulance Service Certification, July 9, 1991. Chief Parmer is in the middle of the group, holding the decal.
The firemen for the Honey Brook Fire Co. housing parade in front of Tanker 4-9 & Engine 4-9-1. L to R: Chief Parmer, Rodney Gossert, Ron Diem Jr., Scot Simmons, Larry Kurtz... 7/8/92
The firemen for the Honey Brook Fire Co. housing parade in front of Tanker 4-9 & Engine 4-9-1. L to R: Chief Parmer, Rodney Gossert, Ron Diem Jr., Scot Simmons, Larry Kurtz... 7/8/92
 
The ambulance crew for the Honey Brook Fire Co. housing parade in front of Ambulance 4-9. L to R: Sharon Long, Martha Riehl, Mike Killinger, Ken Eberly, Chief Parmer... 7/8/92
The ambulance crew for the Honey Brook Fire Co. housing parade in front of Ambulance 4-9. L to R: Sharon Long, Martha Riehl, Mike Killinger, Ken Eberly, Chief Parmer... 7/8/92
Picture of Chief Emeritus Ross Parmer that hangs in the station, with his years of service underneath
Picture of Chief Emeritus Ross Parmer that hangs in the station, with his years of service underneath
 
1992 article featuring the company in a Blue Ball National Bank stockholders' book, then Deputy Chief Lapp and Chief Parmer are pictured.
1992 article featuring the company in a Blue Ball National Bank stockholders' book, then Deputy Chief Lapp and Chief Parmer are pictured.
1999 news article
1999 news article
 
Early 1980's news article (part 1 of 3)
Early 1980's news article (part 1 of 3)
Early 1980's news article (part 2 of 3)
Early 1980's news article (part 2 of 3)
 
Early 1980's news article (part 3 of 3)
Early 1980's news article (part 3 of 3)
1988 news article
1988 news article
 
1979 news article
1979 news article
Squad 4-9 has been dedicated to Chief Parmer and Auxiliary president Nancy Wallace
Squad 4-9 has been dedicated to Chief Parmer and Auxiliary president Nancy Wallace
 
Chief Parmer next to Engine 4-9-1 at Wagontown Fire Company's housing in September 2007
Chief Parmer next to Engine 4-9-1 at Wagontown Fire Company's housing in September 2007
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Dedication plaque on Squad 4-9
Dedication plaque on Squad 4-9
 
Dedication plaque on Squad 4-9
Dedication plaque on Squad 4-9
The active EMS crew in front of the then new Ambulance. L to R: J. Beyer, K. Eberly, M. Killinger, M. Lantz, M. Riehl, C. Gossert, C. Killinger, S. Simmons, R. Diem, Jr., H. Benner, L. Kurtz, R. Parmer, C. Eno, E. Riehl, A. Stoltzfus, J. Sheaffer, Jr., M. Beyer, R. Gossert... 1993
The active EMS crew in front of the then new Ambulance. L to R: J. Beyer, K. Eberly, M. Killinger, M. Lantz, M. Riehl, C. Gossert, C. Killinger, S. Simmons, R. Diem, Jr., H. Benner, L. Kurtz, R. Parmer, C. Eno, E. Riehl, A. Stoltzfus, J. Sheaffer, Jr., M. Beyer, R. Gossert... 1993
 
Chief Parmer with his birthday cake at a party held at Station 4-9 in 2007
Chief Parmer with his birthday cake at a party held at Station 4-9 in 2007