Elmer Richmond Parker (1916 - 2017)

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Elmer R. Parker, 100, Kimberling City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Table Rock Health Care in Kimberling City.
Elmer Richmond Parker, the son of Roscoe and Libbie (Sandiland) Parker, was born Aug. 11, 1916, at Emerson.
Elmer was raised on a farm in the Emerson area. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1935 and began working on a farm. Elmer was united in marriage to Faye E. Wharff on Nov. 10, 1940, at Rockport, Mo.
He entered the Iowa Army National Guard during the summer of 1940, Company M, 168th Infantry, 3rd Battalion, 34th Division in Red Oak. The unit was federalized on Feb. 10, 1941. Company M, along with the 34th division, took part in the largest maneuvers ever held, with more than one million soldiers. The 34th Division had over 600 days of combat, more than any other unit in the entire European campaign of World War II. Elmer participated in Algeria-French Moroccan, Tunisian, Naples-Foggia, Anzio Beach, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and PO Valley.
After his honorable discharge on Aug. 14, 1945, they moved to La Puente, Calif. and later to Baldwin Park, Calif., where they lived many years. Elmer worked for an egg company, and from 1966 until his retirement in 1979, was a carrier for the U.S. Post Office. Following retirement, Elmer and Faye lived in Menifee, Calif., before moving to Mountain View, Ark., in 1997, and most recently to Kimberling City. Elmer was the last living member of Company M from World War II.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Faye on May 12, 2014; brothers, Warren and Melvin, and an infant brother.
Elmer is survived by two daughters, Karen (William) Hodo of Kimberling City, and Janice (Randy) Gwin of Mountain View; step-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
May God bless his memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 23, 2017, at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak. Burial with Military Rites was at Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak.Rev. Caryn Pedersen officiated.
A memorial is being established in Elmer's name. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at sldfuneralhome.com.
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Red Oak Express on June 27, 2017