Edward Joseph Parker, 84, of New Athens, Ill., born Aug. 8, 1928, in Prairie du Long Township, Ill., died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Mr. Parker was a retired dairy farmer. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Hecker, Ill., and the Holy Name Society at the church. Edward was a U.S. Army Korean War
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward L. and Mary E., nee Mentel, Parker; and nine brothers and sisters, Paul Parker, Anna Marie Pautler, Agnes Sondag, Ethel Prediger, Blanche Schmelzel, Clarence Parker, William Parker, Rita Alt-Scheidemantel, and Martha Mae Parker.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Eleanor H., nee Jansen, Parker, whom he married on May 12, 1954; four daughters and a son, Susan (Grant) Aubuchon of Lewisburg, Tenn., Marvin (Angie) Parker of New Athens, Ill., Sharon (Mark) Gaubatz of Freeburg, Ill., Janice (Randy) Georgen of Belleville, Ill., and Phyllis (Keith) Mertens of Belleville, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, Elizabeth Aubuchon, Andy (April) Parker, Jill (Matt) Krantz, Adam (Kristen) Parker, Jennifer Parker (fiance, Jeremy Neff), Laura (Trevor) MacDougall, Evan Gaubatz, Brad Georgen, Michael Georgen, Eric Mertens, and Rachel Mertens; five great-grandchildren, Avery and Aiden Parker, Claire and Chloe Parker, and William MacDougall; his brother, Donald (Gladys) Parker of Belleville, Ill.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the
. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, Ill., for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Hecker, Ill., with Father Von Deeke officiating. Burial with military honors will be held at St. Augustine's Cemetery, Hecker, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Smithton, Ill.