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Dana William Parker

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Parker Dana William Parker, age 58, of Centerburg, went home to Jesus on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. He was born on July 30, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio the son of Donald William Parker and Beverly Daly Parker Bertoria. After high school, Dana enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Dana worked for the family business, Dirko's Pizza for many years and loved serving the community. He was a valuable member of Center Point Church in Centerburg and a crusader for advancing the Kingdom of God. Dana's love and faith in Jesus Christ was unexplainable and inspiring. His sole mission in life was to share the love of Jesus and he found great joy in helping and showing love to everyone who crossed his path. Dana was a talented artist, athlete and musician with a passion for playing the harmonica. He always said that his life changed when his "Pride and Joy" (Josh and Shannon) came into the world. He was an immensly proud father and never failed to show his children unconditional love every single day. His children always saw him as their "Hero". He will be missed by his children, Joshua William Parker, Kaiden James Morrow (grandson) and Shannon Lee Parker; step-children, Chelsea Olson, Kyle Olson and Jake Bartis; his mother and step-father, Beverly and Peter Bertoia; grandson, Kaiden James Morrow; brothers, Dirk, Drew (Tammy), Dean (Teri), and Donn (Shelly); sister, Dene (Daniel) Slusser; best friend, Bryan Hetterscheidt; his girlfriend, Beth-Ann; close family friend, Connie (Terry) Holder; Jerry and Shirley Young; several nieces and nephews; and a vast amount of friends. He was preceded in death by his father Donald Parker. Friends may call on the family on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 2-6 p.m. at the DeVORE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury. Funeral service will be held there on Sunday at 11 a.m. with his best friend Pastor Bryan Hetterscheidt officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in at Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family to assist with burial expenses. The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Dana's family. Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2017
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