Gail F. "Bud" Parker (1921 - 2017)

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Gail F. "Bud" Parker, 95, of Red Oak, formerly Villisca, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on June 30, 2017, at the Heritage House in Atlantic.
He was born Nov. 15, 1921, near Silver City, the son of Charles and Artelia (Martin) Parker. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II in the European theater and was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor for his heroism in the Battle of the Bulge, two Purple Hearts, and other awards.
Bud was united in marriage to Mildred McKee on July 6, 1947, at the Emerson Baptist Church. He and Mildred farmed west of Griswold for 10 years before moving to rural Villisca in 1957, where they farmed until 1987 when they moved to Red Oak. In addition to farming, he raised quarter horses his entire life and taught many to enjoy riding, caring for, and competing with their horses.
Bud was a 4-H leader for over 20 years and helped start the program for raising and exhibiting horses for Montgomery County 4-Hers. He was a member of the Wagon Wheel Saddle Club and the Villisca Presbyterian Church for 60 years. Mildred preceded Bud in death in 2000. He later married Laura Harrill, who also preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sisters and their spouses, Florence and Mike Wilhelm, and Pauline and Pete Clausen.
Survivors include his children, Ross Parker (Jo) of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; Julia Anderson of Atlantic; Mark Parker (Teresa) of Parsons, Kan.; and James Parker of Omaha; grandchildren, Jeff Anderson (Tarah) of Atlantic; Jacob Anderson (Stephanie) of Eskisehir, Turkey; Joshua Anderson (Taryn) of Montezuma; Sarah Parker and Alex Parker of Grosse Pointe Farms; Matt Knox (Katie) and Caleb Parker (Dayane) of Kansas City, Mo.; and Katy Parker of Parson, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Colton Anderson of Atlantic; Luke and Abigail Anderson of Eskisehir, Turkey; Ava, Knox, Tenley, and Krew Anderson of Montezuma; Taylor, Tanner, Lane, and Madelyn Knox of Kansas City; and Shiloh Herold of Parson; brother, Wayne Parker of Council Bluffs; step-children: Monte Isaacson (Joyce) and Martha Isaacson of Carson, and Linda McDaniel (Gary) of Phoenix, Ariz.; and six step-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, and hundreds of friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Villisca Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak. Visitation with the family will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Warm Hearts Foundation of Grand Rapids, Mich. or the Villisca Presbyterian Church.
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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Red Oak, IA 51566
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Published in The Red Oak Express on July 4, 2017
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