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Charles ”Chuck” Parker
08/26/1940 — 08/01/2004
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Airpine, Arizona
Charles ”Chuck” Parker
Charles ''Chuck'' Parker went to his final reward, August 1, 2004. He had been in Kadlec hospital since suffering a stroke on July 28.
Chuck was born in a log cabin, August 26, 1940 to Lloyd Parker and Mildred Johnson Parker in Airpine, Arizona. He lived in both Arizona and Oregon until settling in the Tri-Cities in 1977. He was a journeyman sheet rocker for many years and ended his working career with Siemens Corporation. Chuck loved to dress up and anonymously play Secret Santa for less fortunate families in the community. He was also civic minded, volunteering for many years with the Jaycees.
Chuck loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a lifetime outdoorsman, who loved camping, fishing and hunting. He took the time to reveal the wonders of the great outdoors to his family and teach them outdoorsmanship skills. He also loved playing poker and telling jokes and stories. Chuck was a practical jokester who loved razzing his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Mickey and Bill Anderson of Sun City, AZ., brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and June Parker of Tri-Cities, Randy and Lois Parker of Sun City, AZ., and sister Joann Wright of Glendale, AZ; daughters Ina Maez of Waldport, OR., and Angie Kraft of Benton City, son & daughter-in-law Sonny and Nadine Parker of Priest River, ID. Grandchildren, Brock Maez, Gwen Maez, and Garrette Kraft, two great-grandchildren, Brayton and Noah, and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Parker, in 1983.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held, Sunday August 8, 2004 at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, at 6:30 pm. Please dress casually, bring an appetite, and if you would like, a special memory of Chuck to share.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the DaVita Mid-Columbia Kidney Center.
Who was Chuck?
He was my Mother’s best friend
He was my only brother
He was my dad’s fishin and hunting buddy
my sister’s hubby for 30 yrs
He was around 14 when I first met him, and Randy
Living with his dad in Springfield
He told me if I had a sister he was going marry her LOL
and he did
We went threw the years , laughing , crying and fighting just like brother and sisters do, right to the end
So here’s to you Chuck!
You will be missed
and you got the last word!
Pop’s was our dad.
He raised his kids and grandkids without ever raising his hand.
He was a loving, giving man, and my fondest memories of him are when he would read to us.
Poems from his book…
He taught us the value of hard work, and the gift of generosity. He always helped those in need, and he loved us dearly. Even his departure was a gift to us…he gave us time to say goodbye.
I’ll miss my pop. He was always there when the chips were down, and the world has one less good man today.
His sense of humor will live on…in all of us.
We are better people for knowing Chuck Parker, and I look forward to Fishing with him again someday.
Bye Pop’s, we love you.