Richard A. "Rich" Parker

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HARTFORD CITY – Richard "Rich" A. Parker, 69, of Hartford City, and well known and respected music professor from Taylor University, Upland, went to be the Lord at 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital emergency room, Muncie.

He was born in Springfield, Ohio, on December 19, 1944, to John E. Parker and Florence M. (Crooks) Parker. Both parents preceded him in death.

Richard graduated from Springfield (Ohio) South High School in 1962. He graduated with his Bachelor's Degree from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio in 1966. He received his Master's Degree in 1968 and his PHD in 1974 both from (Columbus) Ohio State University.

He married Sharon K. (Willis) Parker on August 5, 1967, in Springfield, Ohio at Oakland Presbyterian Church.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Hartford City, where he was the music director for over 30 years and started Grace United Methodist Church Bell Choir.

For the past two winters he attended River Ranch Chapel Church in River Ranch, Fla., where he was the choir director. Most recently he had attended Eden United Church of Christ, Muncie, where he had been playing in the bell choir.

He also directed the bell choir at Taylor University, Upland, and had taken several mission trips with the Taylor University Bell Choir.

Richard was very giving in sharing his knowledge, love and joy of music with others throughout the community. He had started the Blackford Community Choir and had been the director for several years. He also was a member of Phi Mu Alpha, which is a fraternity for men in the musical profession. He was a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, where he conducted clinics for others to learn. He was also a judge for solo and ensemble contest.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Sharon K. Parker, of Hartford City; one son, David M. (wife, Hollie) Parker, of Columbia City; two daughters, Kari L. (husband, Jeff) Anama, of Caledonia, Mich., and Amy M. (husband, Joel) Nichols, of Evans, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Kelsey J. Anama, Jacey K. Anama, Josh J. Anama, Evin A. Parker, Jacob M. Parker, Elijah P. Nichols, Micah S. Nichols and Sofia S. Nichols; one brother, Loren (wife, Susan) Parker, of South Vienna, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church, 312 W. Washington St., Hartford City, with the Rev. Lloyd Hall officiating. Entombment will follow in Gardens of Memory Mausoleum, Muncie.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Taylor University Music Department Scholarship Fund, 236 W. Reade Ave., Upland, IN 46989-1001.

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Published in Hartford City News Times from Apr. 21 to Apr. 29, 2014
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