Richard Elmer Parker Sr.

"Richard Elmer Parker Sr. passed away on January 22, 2013 at the age of 78. He is preceded in death by his parents, John B. Parker Sr. and Doris W. Parker, and his wife, Maria Herrera Parker. He leaves behind, his children, Linda Parker Romero and husband, Manuel, Diane DeLaRosa and husband, David, Carol Barrios and husband, Jorge, Richard E. Parker Jr., Thomas J. Parker and wife, Cindy; brother, Jack and sisters, Lucille and Rebecca; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; Mr. Parker loved his family dearly and sacrificed much to provide for them. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. His hobbies included, carpentry and woodworking, as well as adding to his collection rocks and coins. He will be greatly missed by all who love him. Family and friends will meet for a Graveside Service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:45 A.M. with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in his memory to: Meals on Wheels local organization."

Published in Express-News on Feb. 2, 2013