Robert C. Parker, of Severna Park, died February 4, at 92 and just eight days away from his 93rd birthday. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, the youngest of four children of James Wallace and Marguerite Lesher Parker. He graduated from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia in 1941. During World War II, he served first in the 88th Engineers, and then as a corporal in the newly formed 554th Engineers. He returned to Philadelphia after the war where he met Jean Adams. They married on October 16, 1948 and had three children, Barbara (1952), Deborah (1954), and James (1955). In 1955, the family moved to Severna Park and Bob went to work as a design draftsman for Westinghouse, where he remained until his retirement in 1985. In October 2012, he and Jean celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary, a celebration saddened as their son, James, had died a few weeks earlier in an accident. Bob and his family joined Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park in 1955, where he remained active in several church groups until his death. He was member of the church choir, as well as a volunteer and founding member of REHABS at Woods Memorial. He worked in his spare time with wood, making wooden toys and duck carvings. He designed and built the wooden stage for the Woods Chucketts, a children's puppetry group at the church, and he was active in the church's Hill Toppers. He also sang in the Barber Shop Sons of the Severn. Bob was a traveler, camping throughout the United States with his family as the children were growing. In his retirement he and Jean traveled extensively around the world. He is survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters, Barbara, now living in Xi'an, China, and Deborah and her husband, Steven Burch, of Tuscaloosa, AL; and two grandchildren, Taylor Parker, in her second year of studies at Kansas State University, and Daniel Parker, a senior at Severna Park High School. A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park.
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Published in The Capital on Feb. 7, 2013