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Raymond F. Parker, O.D.

Son of Raymond N. Parker and Corinne Hedges Parker and brother of Dr. Patricia (Parker) Cook, passed away on August 8, 2014. Dr. Parker, a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, was born on June 5, 1925. A graduate of Cathedral High School, his college was interrupted by military service in the U.S. Army while stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, during World War II. Dr. Parker then graduated from Indiana University (1949) and obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree from Ohio State University (1952). He and his family moved to the Southside of Indianapolis to open his practice at Southern Plaza in 1960. He later moved his office to Madison Village Professional Center in 1980. Dr. Parker retired in January 2008 after 55 years of exemplary service to his patients.

He helped raise a large, extended family with his first wife, Jeanne, and his widow, Bonnie (Lorber) Parker. They had eight children, Kathryn (Robert) Morrow, Stephen (Monica) Parker, David Parker, Patricia (Robert) Gray, Susan (Don) Douglass, John Parker (deceased 1977), Patrick (Pamela) Lorber, and Diann Lorber (Andy Hewitt); 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Parker devoted many years to community service, including being a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (1956-1957) and Past Grand Knight of the St. Pius X Council, Knights of Columbus. He was also a charter member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church, a member of its board of trustees, and president of the school's education board. He and Bonnie became Life Masters in the American Contract Bridge League in 1981.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 11, 2014 in St. Mark Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at:

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care South Nursing Home for the personalized care they provided.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 10, 2014
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