Sep. 7, 2011 Saint Johns Clinton County Michigan, USA
Kenneth, 54, our beloved husband, father, papa, son, brother, uncle and friend, died Wednesday. Ken fought a short but valiant fight with cancer. He was born to Robert and Lois (Pierson) Parker Sr.
He was a graduate of St. Johns High School, Class of 1976. Ken was proud to say he was a retired Navy veteran, serving 1979 to 1996. He participated in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. He also served on several different ships including the USS IOWA in 1989 during the tragic explosion that killed many of his fellow seamen. Ken is a current member of American Legion Post #153 in St. Johns.
He was employed for the past 12 years by Sparrow Regional Medical Supply and was affectionately known by some of his clients as "Ken the Oxygen Guy".
On May 5, 2001 he married Shirley Joy Evans Mills and she survives him. Also surviving are their 5 children, Jessica (Brian) Fox of Southgate, MI, Lyle Parker, Amy Witgen (Joe Ellis), Alan (Selina) Mills all of St. Johns, Kirk (Jackie Loos) Mills of Portage, MI; six grandchildren, Candace, Nick, Mikayla, Haley, Jayden, and baby Miles; special niece Chantelle Foster; his mother, Lois Parker of Bullhead City, AZ; brothers and sisters, Kathy Cobb of Van Nuys, CA, Robert Jr. (Cathy) of Lansing, Paul of Bullhead City, AZ, John (Barb) of Ovid, Jeannie (John) Melin of Herndon VA, Richard of Van Nuys, CA, Joseph of Henderson, NV., Christopher (Julia) of Wyoming MI, David of Lansing; in-laws Robert and Arlene Bauman of Clare.
Ken was preceded in death by his father; brother, Larry; brother-in-law, Thomas Cobb; nieces, Katrina Foster, Tanya Evans, and Kelsey Bauman.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Cremation followed the service. Military honors were provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard.
The family requests in-lieu of flowers to please send memorials to the American Cancer Society.