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Richard Allan Parker, age 64 of Elmira, passed away at his home on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Richard was born in Flint on May 4, 1954 to Jack and Mary Lou (Kirk) Parker. He was a member of the teamsters as a truck driver. Richard loved to collect tractors, and owned many antique tractors; International Harvester was his favorite. At the request of his niece, he even custom-painted one of them pink! He enjoyed attending tractor shows and camping, and above all he loved spending time with his grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

He is survived by his siblings, Donna (Jerry) Hindmon, Dennis (Dale) Parker, Tricia (Marvin) Carlson, and Jerry (Gina) Parker; step-son Matthew (Jennifer) McArthur; his three granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Karen; his parents, and sister Nancy Williams.

A funeral service will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on June 1, 2018 at 11:30am.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 31 from 4 to 7pm. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Friday, June 1, from 10:30am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society courtesy of the Nelson Funeral Home.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

9 comments on “Richard Parker”

  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. He was always a loyal and trusted friend. I will miss him dearly.

    • Ken & Heather Narducci

      We did not know Richard personally ourselves, but we have heard so many funny stories about him from our kids and grandkids. He will be missed by them all… Along with the many good times they have spent with him and the rest of the family up north.

      Our condolences going out to all of the family.

      • Rick and Meg Prieur

        We have so many great memories of Richard, not the least of; he stood up for us at our wedding. He was a great person. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family, may you find peace in the good times and memories.

        • Richard was always around when I was growing up, he was a great person, and a great friend to my family. Rest in peace, now you and B.A. can be together again. Condolences to the family.

          • I could not have had a better friend, roommate or brother growing up. I have never regretted introducing Richard to my cousin Karen and Matt, it was love at first sight. I’ll always remember hanging out at the farm, riding snowmobiles, working on our cars year around, our trips in the middle of the night to the big Mack Bridge. I will truly miss my friend.

            • Dear Parker Family, Richard certainly left behind a legacy of loved ones. Please accept our sincere condolences over the death of your loved one.

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