Dr. Parvin Raibley passed peacefully at his home in the presence of his sons on October 10, 2020.
Dr. Raibley was born to Otto and Hallie (Hedges) Raibley on November 19, 1926, in Boonville, IN. He graduated from Boonville High School in 1944, where he played football, basketball and ran track. In high school he was a National Thespian and member of the National Honor Society. Following high school, he entered training at Purdue University in the Army ASTRP program then took his basic training at Camp Gordon at Augusta, GA, and achieved the rank of PFC. As a young man, he worked in the coal mines at Sunlight and Tecumseh mines near Boonville.
Following service, he attended Evansville College for his pre-dental training. In 1946, he married Mary Helen Holder of Boonville, his high school sweetheart. He received his BS Degree at Indiana University Bloomington then attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Bloomington and Indianapolis, graduating in 1954. Upon graduating dental school, Dr. Raibley and his wife located to Evansville where he practiced dentistry for 54 years. He was a 63-year member of the Methodist Temple where he served on the board and various committees. He was also a member of the Methodist Temple Scout Troop Committee for troop #301 and served in the role of merit badge counselor. He was a member of Prince Lodge No. 231 F.&A.M. of Princeton, IN.
Dr. Raibley practiced general dentistry and was active in the profession. He was president of the Vanderburgh County Dental Society then the First District Dental Society where he was chairman of the Public Relations Committee and the 9-year Communal Fluoridation Evaluation, assessing the impact of fluoridated water systems on dental health. He was a member and founding director of the Indiana Unit of the American Society of Dentistry for Children and later a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. As a member of the Dental Association Council on By-laws and Judicial Affairs he served as Chairman for three years. Dr. Raibley was on the founding Committee of the Indiana Academy of General Dentistry, served as its president in 1975 and was a member of the founding Chapter of the First District Academy of General Dentistry. On the national level, he served on the Academy of General Dentistry Information Council, Ad Hoc Committee on Anesthesia and Conscious IV Sedation, Credentials and Election Committee and was a National Delegate to the AGD Convention. He was a fellow of the AGD, the American Society of Dentistry for Children, the International College of Dentists and listed in the Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Health and Medicine. In 1998 he was named Dentist of the Year by the First District Dental Society. In 2010 he was awarded the Indiana Dental Association Distinguished Service Award. Internationally, he was a fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Locally, Dr. Raibley was a member of the first Board of Directors of Health Resources, Incorporated, a dental insurance company, and served as its' first Secretary as well as on numerous other committees. He was also on the Board of Directors of HRI of Kentucky and Illinois.
Dr. Raibley enjoyed fishing, sports, horticulture, writing poetry and discovering his ancestry with his sons. He was a master rose gardener and most enjoyed sharing his prize roses with his wife, family, neighbors, staff and patients. He loved Hoosier basketball and football as well as the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a faithful and valuable volunteer for his children's numerous sporting and extracurricular activities. Later in life, he endeavored to attend every grandchild's sporting and school events into his 90's. Dr. Raibley was recently accepted into the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and had at least seven direct lineal bloodline relations to patriots who served in the Revolutionary War.
Dr. Raibley is survived by his sister, Bettye Bickley of Bloomington, IN; sons, Brian Raibley and Brent Raibley (Jennifer) of Evansville; daughter-in-law Brenda Raibley of Evansville; grandchildren Jason Raibley (Marcy Lascano) of Lawrence, KS, Marshal Raibley of Evansville, Jamie Raibley of Chicago, IL, Tara Raibley of Newburgh, IN, Emma Raibley of Nashville, TN, and Reed Raibley a student at Millikin University in Decatur, IL; one great grandchild Dylan St. Pre, a student at the University of Evansville; and an aunt 104 years young, Jane Porteous of Kirkwood, MO; and numerous cousins.
Dr. Raibley was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Helen (Holder) Raibley; his son, Dr. Bruce Raibley; parents, Otto and Hallie Raibley of Boonville; brothers, Robert of Boonville, Otto Jr. of Evansville and Dr. Jerry Raibley of Mt. Vernon; and sister, Nathalie Williams of Chandler.
Dr. Raibley was extremely grateful for the many dedicated and professional assistants, dental health care providers and associates through the years. He loved his profession and lived to serve his patients and their families.
Dr. Raibley and his family would also like to thank the many health care professionals who provided compassionate care in his later days, including but certainly not limited to the administrators, nurses, specialists and therapists at The Good Samaritan Home, Specialty Home Health Care, Home Instead Senior Care and Deaconess Hospice.
Graveside Services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Maple Grove Cemetery, 1622 South 3rd Street, Boonville with Pastor Andrew Payton officiating. A Live Stream will be available beginning twenty minutes prior to the service time. Please visit Boone Funeral Home’s Facebook page and click on the link provided.
In consideration of Covid-19, the family would like to offer a variety of ways for family, friends, patients, and acquaintances of Dr. Raibley to pay their respects. There will be a no contact viewing from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020, at BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN.
In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome contributions in Dr. Raibley's name to either the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
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