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When it came to Evan S. Parker, many recall a blurry image of pure energy. "Just yesterday there were some kids running wild, out of control in the gym. I thought, 'That was Evan,'" said Parker's high school football coach David Hughes. "He wasn't perfect, but he was one who was always there for you." Parker, 25, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Oct. 26 of injuries from an earlier explosion in Balad. He was assigned to Honolulu. He graduated high school in 1998 and joined the Army in 1999. John Showman, Parker's science teacher and basketball coach, said Parker never had to be pumped with enthusiasm at game time. "I'd have to tell Evan to relax and slow down," he said. "I'd have to take him out of the game because he flat wore out and gave his all." "He was a scrapper," uncle Lloyd Dunlap said. "He lived life with all the gusto he could. He had an open heart. You never had to wonder how Evan felt." He was divorced and had two young sons. At his funeral, Brigadier General Vern. T. Miyagi read messages from his fellow soldiers. "He was the kind of person who would do the right thing even when no one was looking," one read.

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Published in Wichita Eagle on Oct. 30, 2005.
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June 5, 2019
Love you and miss you son.
Anita Dixon
February 13, 2019
Hello,
We realize that we are very late to express our deepest condolences, but we wanted to let your family and friends know that we have made a small donation to the Landstuhl Fisher House to honor and remember Evan S. Parker US Army Sergeant. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals across the American youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you safe and strong.

Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of our US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
Neighbor
February 5, 2013
Evan I miss you and when I die hope to see you face once again. Your nephew Austin.
Austin Parker
January 10, 2012
I'm sorry for your loss! I also served with Evan when he first came into the military in Hawaii. We all belonged to the mighty (FIST)! We spent a couple of years together, sucking up the pain, and living the Rock Hard Way! In his honor, I am rebuilding our FIST Logo. Some where in the picture, will have his name. YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON BROTHER!!!!
Curtis Emerson
October 26, 2011
To the family and friends of Sgt. Evan S. Parker:
Please accept my remembrance of Evan on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
October 26, 2010
To the family and friends of Sgt. Evan S. Parker:
Remembering Evan on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
July 31, 2009
Evan, It has been almost 4 years and there has not been a day that I have not thought about you. You are missed terribly. Just got through having your boys for a month, they also miss you, talk about you all of the time but most importantly, are so very proud of you. I am a American Gold Star Mother now that I am so honored to be. Each of us mothers share our loss of our chilren in a positive way that helps the veterans and the present soldiers that are still serving, taking over where you left off. We all understand the same pain and loss. I know that you are proud that I have moved forward in a positive way to help those that need us. I know that it makes your heart smile. I talk of you often and display memories of you proudly. I will not stop in my future endeavors to honor you and the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom soldiers.

Forever in my Heart
Your Mother
Anita Dixon
American Gold Star Mother
Wichita, Ks.
June 4, 2009
Evan, I am deeply sorry that I missed your birthday on May 1. You turned 29 this year and I know that your family and friends remembered you with love. May your family continue to be comforted each day by God's love.

http://goldstarfamilysupportgroup.com

In memory of my son
SPC Harry (Buck) Winkler III
KIA 11/12/2006 Samarra, Iraq
CO-A 2/505th PIR 82n Airborne
debbi
October 23, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Evan S. Parker:
Evan gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
August 29, 2007
I'm sorry for your loss! I served with Evan when he was a PFC. He & I were assigned to the 25th Division, HHS 3/7 Field Artillery (Phoenix Battery) We were actually on the same team... Attached to "A" Company 2-27 Infantry Regiment (FIST). He was a GREAT soldier!!! I knew him as having the intestinal fortitude, courage, respect, discipline, & honor, to accomplish any mission! He had an AWESOME sense of humor, as well! I HONOR YOU "PARKER"!!!
RICHARD SAMILEY
August 17, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
October 23, 2006
Remembering Sgt. Evan S. Parker, on this first anniversary, of the day he gave his life for our country, with a Multitude of Thanks for his Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom.
May Evan rest in God's Loving Care and know that he will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
May God's Grace and Comfort, continue to be with the Parker family.
From the sister of a Fallen young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam. KIA~1967.

"I consider that our present sufferings.
are not worth comparing with the glory
that shall be revealed in us."
Romans 8:18

May the Peace of God and your memories of Evan,
remain in your heart always and give you comfort through these difficult days.
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
June 16, 2006
Honoring and remembering a fine young soldier.
I did not know your Evan, but he shares the same name as my youngest son, and like your son, my Evan also served in Iraq, and in Afghanistan.
I will remember Evan in my prayers, and know that my flag flies in his honor.
Mom of 2 Marine sons and widow of a Vietnam Army Ranger.
Linda Flannery
May 29, 2006
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. STAY STRONG AND GODSPEED. SEMPER FI

A PROUD MARINE MOM
ROBYN GARSIDE
February 17, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Parker family in the loss of Evan. I did not know Evan, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
February 1, 2006
Danny and family,

I just learned tonight of the loss of your son in Iraq. I found out by watching you on KWCH Channel 12. I am so sorry that your family has to go through this and pray that God will be with you as you learn to bear this grief. I did not know Evan, but if he was anything like you, Danny, he was a hard worker and totally believed in everything that this country stands for. God bless you all.
Janet Harrington
December 17, 2005
We are very grieved about Edward's untimely death and the loss your family suffers. May God comfort all of you. Edward was a hero.

"Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts." -- Cicero
Darrin L. Parker, Esq.
December 6, 2005
I am sorry for your loss. We are vey grateful to the family for sharing such a wonderful person to all of us in this blessed country. We often forget how blessed we are or how thankful we should be to have those who wish it risk their lives to protect us. Again thank you for sharing your loved one with all of us. May the God of peace continue to give you comfort in your love and memories at this time. I shall look for a lama.
Phyllis Elliot
November 29, 2005
To Evan and Family,
First of all this is kinda late but in a way its not. We have all been through some rough times lately and none of us have really been here for each other. I myself have ran into a shell for hiding since I got the call. I am still trying hard to come to reality with it. My heart knows he will not be coming home and we will not be running up to him giving him a big hug, while my mind still tells me just a few more weeks and he will be home. I have not been the best person to deal with lately and I want to Apologize for that. I love Evan and Our boys more than anything in this world and if I could I would give my life for his, so he could enjoy the pleasure of watching our children grow. I never realized how Big of a part Evan had in my life, I never realized how much I needed him, until it was too late. I want the family to know that no matter what you will always and forever be my family as well. And I am truly sorry for not being more open.

Evan,
We had so many great memories some of which I am not going to share with others. I remember in highschool you always calling me a chicken, and just the day before all this happened you called me a chicken cause I would not do what you wanted me too. Due to I know that I can not face this world without you, then yes your right I am a chicken. I remember when you graduated Basic and you only had a few hours and you told me hurry up and get ready Brandi we have to be at the court house in less than an hour, ya you had me so mind boggled I put on 2 different sandals. The best memories is the time that I got to spend with you. Although we spent way too much time together it caused us to fight alot, but no matter what we did or how much we faught we always forgave each other and that I do believe is what Love is. You are my Hero and our boys as well. The days get harder but I know that you are helping me in spirit. We love you Evan and Miss you Greatly. May God take good care of you and may you walk beside our Father with your head held high, just as you did here on Earth. I hope that you wait for us and that someday we will be reunited again. Our boys will grow up knowing Their daddy cause you will be here with us. They already talk about dreaming about you and how they talk to you in their dreams. Which I know that you are here watching over us. May our memories be the memories that last a lifetime and more.. All My Love and The Boys Love to you.. Our Hero!!
Brandi Parker ( Holliman)
November 13, 2005
I am so sorry about the loss of Evan. I am a great friend of Chanista Strickland and she was completely heart broken. Mandi, You bowl with my mom every sunday, we send out our deepest sympathy. Evan seemed to be a great guy and everyone will miss him. I will be praying for everyone, and evan will always be in our hearts.
Rebecca Smith
November 4, 2005
My thoughts and prayers are will the family as these passing days go on. I never got to meet Evan but knew him well in my heart. This world was a better place with Evan here we needed alot more men like him here that were not scared to show thier heart. Thank you Evan for fighting for our country and being the man that you were. You will be missed greatly!!! I know some of the hearts that you took with you, you will return them back again one day and see your blushing red face as you do.
Daylin
November 3, 2005
I am sorry I could not join in the Patriot Guard, I had family matters I could not reschedule. I called on some friends to fill in for me. My brothers and sisters on bikes made me proud. You are in my prayers.
Jerad
November 3, 2005
My deepest sympathy to Evan's family. I shall now cross Evan off my "school acquaintance" list and add him to my "hero" list.
dan havner
November 3, 2005
Family Comments of Evan at the Funeral

I want to thank all of you for coming on behalf of the family. I want to give you a perspective of Evan from the family. As you have heard, Evan was a young man who had multiple sides to his personality. As we talked as a family this week, it was remarkable how we all knew Evan the same way.

I would like to take a few minutes to tell you about some of the things we discussed and cherished. Some of you did not know him, but you are here out of respect of a fallen hero. Some of these things I say, you will find new, some amusing, and some you who know him will just nod your head and say to yourself, yes,,, I understand that about Evan.

Evan was a scraper among his friends and family. Evan was also the agitator. If trouble did find Evan, he looked for it. But I say this in a loving way. He lived life with all the gusto he could.

Evan lived with an open heart. You never had to wonder if he was happy, sad, hurt or angry. You never had to wonder what was on his mind. Evan wore his heart on the outside. He never bottled anything up inside.

Evan was a very forgiving person. Sure he would get upset, we all do. But it seemed like Evan was the first to forgive and let things go. Evan would also try to heal broken relationships. That is something we can all learn to do better.

Anita had to earn the role being the mother to Evan. Some children are easy to parent. If you are a parent out there, you know exactly what I mean. Evan had the unique combination of showing you his emotions and also being very forgiving.

Evan hated his freckles. Anita would tell him that they were kisses from God. But he would respond that if this was so, God kissed him way too often.

Evan was a tough competitor. He would not back down from a challenge. On one occasion, Lance dared Evan to ride his bicycle. He took on the challenge, fell off and 75 stitches later, Evan showed Lance that he would take on any challenge.

Tonya recalls watching Evan play soccer as a young child. He would fall down as if he was seriously injured. But about the time that she was about to run onto the field, he would pop up and continue playing. As if nothing had happened.

Andre remembers when Evan, at age 5, called him his “big brother”. That was very meaningful. Evan was a very loving person.

When Evan was 8, he swore that he saw a lama in the pasture where he grew up. Yes, I said a lama. Of course, no one really believed him or saw the lama themselves. After all, we knew of no one who had lamas in this area. But Evan would not back down. We believe that was likely the first question he asked God last week: “Was that really a lama in the pasture? Maybe you could send another one to show them that I was right.” So do not be surprised as you travel north out of town some day, if you see a lama out there in the pasture. If you do, you now know where it came from.


Evan’s greatest hero was Grandpa Dunlap. Evan tried to model himself after his Grandpa. He would intently listen to what his Grandpa taught him.

On Evan’s football games in high school, Grandpa Dunlap would sit on the 10 yard line in a lawn chair. On one occasion, a player from Norwich grabbed Evan by the facemask and dramatically threw him to the ground right in front of Grandpa. As you can imagine, Evan was getting up ready to get even. Grandpa saw what was going to happen and hollered at Evan. That was enough. Evan did not retaliate, even though he was ready to.


When Lance and Evan played any kind of sport, the battle was on. I used to play with them, but two things happened when I turned 45 years. I realized that I was just getting old; these kids were now bigger than I was and that this was simply not a game, but a war. You see, I was not up to the challenge of risking 75 stitches to prove I could do something.


Evan’s competitiveness followed him to the ski slopes of Colorado. He was a daredevil. On one occasion the ski patrol came to Anita and asked: “Is that your son? You need to tell him to stay out of the trees and stay on the slopes. If he can not, the ski patrol assured Anita that his lift ticket would be taken away. On one occasion, Evan took my son through the trees. On that occasion, my son hit one of those trees and had a slight memory loss until the next day. My son was okay, but can you start seeing the pattern here with Evan?

Evan was a good role model to Caleb, his youngest brother. He was a good teacher in sports and Evan would stand up for Caleb on the playground. They would play very competitive video games on the computer. When Caleb got older, he began competitive wrestling in high school. Caleb was just waiting for his senior year so he could wrestle Evan. Caleb thought at that time, it may be an even match.

Evan and Tara were avid card players. Lance often thought he was cheating he won so much. Before his tour in Iraq, he worked Security night shift in downtown Kansas City. When he returned from work, Tara and Evan would stay up talking on how his night went.

Evan always enjoyed family celebrations. He was very oriented to the family. When Evan was in Iraq, he would call at such celebrations as a wedding of his cousin. We know that it hurt him that he could not be there.

He loved his children so much. He would call back weekly from Iraq to talk to them.

Evan lived with an open heart. He signed up to the Army for a cause. His cousin, who served with him at Scholfield Barracks in the Army, knew that he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Both in the lives of the people in Iraq and the people back here in the United States. To him, Iraq was another challenge that he would not back down. That took real courage. He downplayed the risks in Iraq to his family.

Evan loved his country. When he was called back to serve in Iraq, he knew this is what he needed to do. This summer, he had a leave to come back to Kansas from Iraq. But when his leave was over, he wanted to go back to his men. He believed in what he was doing in Iraq.

So if you could take one thing away from here today. Be like Evan and learn to forgive one another. Evan taught us not to hold on to a grudge. Life is too short to go around holding on to a hurt. Be the bigger person and forgive one another. After all, what you are holding is really not important when compared to eternity. You do not want to have your life end or have someone else’s life end while holding on to something that you really wish you had let go.



This is the legacy of Evan. In your own walk, take on the challenges that life gives you, give it all the gusto you can, never let life get you down, learn how to forgive others and look for your own lamas in life. For who knows, they may really be there. Will you stand and join me in our tribute to Evan.
Lloyd E Dunlap
November 3, 2005
Family Comments of Evan at the Funeral

I want to thank all of you for coming on behalf of the family. I want to give you a perspective of Evan from the family. As you have heard, Evan was a young man who had multiple sides to his personality. As we talked as a family this week, it was remarkable how we all knew Evan the same way.

I would like to take a few minutes to tell you about some of the things we discussed and cherished. Some of you did not know him, but you are here out of respect of a fallen hero. Some of these things I say, you will find new, some amusing, and some you who know him will just nod your head and say to yourself, yes,,, I understand that about Evan.

Evan was a scraper among his friends and family. Evan was also the agitator. If trouble did find Evan, he looked for it. But I say this in a loving way. He lived life with all the gusto he could.

Evan lived with an open heart. You never had to wonder if he was happy, sad, hurt or angry. You never had to wonder what was on his mind. Evan wore his heart on the outside. He never bottled anything up inside.

Evan was a very forgiving person. Sure he would get upset, we all do. But it seemed like Evan was the first to forgive and let things go. Evan would also try to heal broken relationships. That is something we can all learn to do better.

Anita had to earn the role being the mother to Evan. Some children are easy to parent. If you are a parent out there, you know exactly what I mean. Evan had the unique combination of showing you his emotions and also being very forgiving.

Evan hated his freckles. Anita would tell him that they were kisses from God. But he would respond that if this was so, God kissed him way too often.

Evan was a tough competitor. He would not back down from a challenge. On one occasion, Lance dared Evan to ride his bicycle. He took on the challenge, fell off and 75 stitches later, Evan showed Lance that he would take on any challenge.

Tonya recalls watching Evan play soccer as a young child. He would fall down as if he was seriously injured. But about the time that she was about to run onto the field, he would pop up and continue playing. As if nothing had happened.

Andre remembers when Evan, at age 5, called him his “big brother”. That was very meaningful. Evan was a very loving person.

When Evan was 8, he swore that he saw a lama in the pasture where he grew up. Yes, I said a lama. Of course, no one really believed him or saw the lama themselves. After all, we knew of no one who had lamas in this area. But Evan would not back down. We believe that was likely the first question he asked God last week: “Was that really a lama in the pasture? Maybe you could send another one to show them that I was right.” So do not be surprised as you travel north out of town some day, if you see a lama out there in the pasture. If you do, you now know where it came from.


Evan’s greatest hero was Grandpa Dunlap. Evan tried to model himself after his Grandpa. He would intently listen to what his Grandpa taught him.

On Evan’s football games in high school, Grandpa Dunlap would sit on the 10 yard line in a lawn chair. On one occasion, a player from Norwich grabbed Evan by the facemask and dramatically threw him to the ground right in front of Grandpa. As you can imagine, Evan was getting up ready to get even. Grandpa saw what was going to happen and hollered at Evan. That was enough. Evan did not retaliate, even though he was ready to.


When Lance and Evan played any kind of sport, the battle was on. I used to play with them, but two things happened when I turned 45 years. I realized that I was just getting old; these kids were now bigger than I was and that this was simply not a game, but a war. You see, I was not up to the challenge of risking 75 stitches to prove I could do something.


Evan’s competitiveness followed him to the ski slopes of Colorado. He was a daredevil. On one occasion the ski patrol came to Anita and asked: “Is that your son? You need to tell him to stay out of the trees and stay on the slopes. If he can not, the ski patrol assured Anita that his lift ticket would be taken away. On one occasion, Evan took my son through the trees. On that occasion, my son hit one of those trees and had a slight memory loss until the next day. My son was okay, but can you start seeing the pattern here with Evan?

Evan was a good role model to Caleb, his youngest brother. He was a good teacher in sports and Evan would stand up for Caleb on the playground. They would play very competitive video games on the computer. When Caleb got older, he began competitive wrestling in high school. Caleb was just waiting for his senior year so he could wrestle Evan. Caleb thought at that time, it may be an even match.

Evan and Tara were avid card players. Lance often thought he was cheating he won so much. Before his tour in Iraq, he worked Security night shift in downtown Kansas City. When he returned from work, Tara and Evan would stay up talking on how his night went.

Evan always enjoyed family celebrations. He was very oriented to the family. When Evan was in Iraq, he would call at such celebrations as a wedding of his cousin. We know that it hurt him that he could not be there.

He loved his children so much. He would call back weekly from Iraq to talk to them.

Evan lived with an open heart. He signed up to the Army for a cause. His cousin, who served with him at Scholfield Barracks in the Army, knew that he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Both in the lives of the people in Iraq and the people back here in the United States. To him, Iraq was another challenge that he would not back down. That took real courage. He downplayed the risks in Iraq to his family.

Evan loved his country. When he was called back to serve in Iraq, he knew this is what he needed to do. This summer, he had a leave to come back to Kansas from Iraq. But when his leave was over, he wanted to go back to his men. He believed in what he was doing in Iraq.

So if you could take one thing away from here today. Be like Evan and learn to forgive one another. Evan taught us not to hold on to a grudge. Life is too short to go around holding on to a hurt. Be the bigger person and forgive one another. After all, what you are holding is really not important when compared to eternity. You do not want to have your life end or have someone else’s life end while holding on to something that you really wish you had let go.



This is the legacy of Evan. In your own walk, take on the challenges that life gives you, give it all the gusto you can, never let life get you down, learn how to forgive others and look for your own lamas in life. For who knows, they may really be there. Will you stand and join me in our tribute to Evan.
November 3, 2005
I only met Evan one time in his life and he was about 6 years old. Danny had taken him to watch him play softball. We had a lot of fun watching, but he became bored after a while. He found a buckeye tree and put some seeds in his pocket for luck. I only wish I could of known him as an adult. but he turned out to be a fine man and father. And a great HERO. He will be missed by all who loved him. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
Judy Spengler
November 3, 2005
There are no words to say to make this easier for the friends and family of Evan. I am very sorry for OUR loss. I only had the opportunity to see and talk with Evan a handful of times since we graduated in 1998. We had a lot of good times and I will cherish the memories we made. I am proud of Evan for the work he has done. If it weren't for the soldiers who defend our country where would we be?

My heart goes out to Evan's family.
Amy Carlyle
November 3, 2005
My heart, graditute and deepest sincerity go out to the family and friends of Sgt.Evan S.Parker. May God be with you in your time of need and friends and family close by for support. Even though I do not know your family, I am a former Kansas resident born and raised. I just finished my commitment to the military, my Mother's friend sent me the story about Sgt.Parker just this morning and it made me cry, overwhelmed with grief and sorrow. I am sorry for your loss and you son sounds like he was an amazing person. In my time spend in the military I took care of some soldiers overseas before they were sent to Landschul, Germany, I am sorry your son didn't make it home. Thank you to Sgt. Evan S. Parker for his heroic duty and time he spent unselfishly putting his life on hold and serving his country, and for his family as well for being so brave and loosing a hero, you will see him again in Heaven, he is surrounded by angels and looking down at you everyday. God bless you all!
Holly Thomson
November 3, 2005
Danny,
I hope you remember myself and Jill as we were your neighbors in those apartments on Vine St. here in Wichita many years ago. Danny and Sherie Bardezbain lived there also. Although we never knew Evan, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your wife at this time. We never have forgotten you and our hearts were saddened when we read about Evan. Be proud and know that we are praying for you.
Dale Wedan
November 3, 2005
Candace Lowrie
November 3, 2005
Danny & Tanya, it is so hard to write this letter. That was a beautiful service for our loved one and friend. You guys are an inspiration for us all. It has to be really hard to lose a son. He will be missed. I know when we die and go to Heaven, he will be standing there waiting for us to enter. May God bless you both!!!
Ward Stark
November 2, 2005
We are sorry for your loss
The Lopez Fam.
November 2, 2005
Danny : Our most sincere sympathy. Karen and I were listening to a news report tonight when it occurred to us that it may have been your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Greg Gawlik
November 2, 2005
It is never easy to lose a loved one. Death is never kind and it is never biased. It takes young, old, mothers, daughters, sons, brothers, fathers, and friends. It is never easy, especially for those left behind. My deepest condolences. As a military wife, my thanks for such a brave Marine. As a mother, my grief over the loss of a child, and as the daughter of a soldier, my grief over the loss of a father.
~If the Army and the Navy were to look upon heavens scenes, they would see the streets are guarded by United States Marines.~
RIP Brave Soul, your job is done.
Jennifer Malone
November 2, 2005
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
andrea & geoffrey dolan
November 2, 2005
I have never met your loved one but I have heard about his heoric death. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. God bless you all and God bless him; one of our true heroes.
April Hyson
November 2, 2005
I'm truly very, very sorry for your loss. My husband is over in Iraq.
Christine Snyder
November 2, 2005
To the family of Evans Parker I'm sorry for the loss..Evans was a very good man and a father who really loved his children. I'm here if you need support, and I'm sorry for this loss. He's truly a HERO! I'm sorry Brandi, Blake, and Conner. Boys your Daddy is a Hero and will always be watching you, ALWAYS. He's in Heaven watching you guys grow, I love you.
Ivette Calvaresi
November 1, 2005
Wanda Cobb & Family
November 1, 2005
My son Mark Peltier was Evan's roommate in Iraq and my heart goes out to his family because I know what it is like to lose a child and I know how devastated Mark was by this. God bless all of you.
Eloise Peltier
November 1, 2005
Evan,
You were one of my best friends. You took a peice of me with you when you left this earth. You will be greatly missed by me and Tristin. My heart goes out to your family, especially your boys. I'm glad I got to see you before you left. Here is one of my favorite poems: IF TEARS COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY AND MEMORIES A LANE, I'D WALK RIGHT UP TO HEAVEN AND BRING YOU HOME AGAIN. God Bless You!
Casey Witham
November 1, 2005
To the Family and Friends of Evan,

We may not have known Evan personally, but that doesn't make any difference, one life lost, is one life too many and we want you to know we feel your pain. We are still trying to get our lives back in order after losing our beloved Granddaughter, A1C Elizabeth N. Jacobson, a Security Forces Blue Beret, who lost her life in Iraq, 9-28-05. But, rest assured she is now guarding the Gates in Heaven while waiting for Evan to join her and keep watch over us. Without our children this Country would not be what it is today. May G-d bless our troops, and hopefully, someday soon, Freedom and Peace will reign, so they all can be brought home safely.

No matter what type of accident or act of war, a loss of a child or friend is very traumatic, I know that words aren't much consolation, but we thank you for allowing him to serve. He will always be a hero in our hearts and will not be forgotten.

Elizabeth's motto was "We're only on Earth for a little while, so live life to the fullest and carry a smile."
Sondra Millman
October 31, 2005
Land of the free~Because of the brave~ God Bless ( Jamie,Navy wife)
Jamie Graves
October 31, 2005
As a soldier that served with SGT Evan S. Parker in Iraq, I would like to say he was a HERO. He thought of others before himself. He knew his mission and served with honor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this tough time.
SFC Craig Barr
October 31, 2005
I’m the Mom of Mandi Strickland, I’m so glad that our family got to spend time with Evan and the boys while he was on leave. He will be missed by use all. He is our HERO! We will miss him so much. He was a SON we never had. What a wonderful Father he was to Blake and Conner. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Evan and a special place for his Boys.

To Evan’s Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you all. You are in out thoughts and Prayers. It is so hard to lose someone so young with so many dreams to fulfill. We are honored to have had Evan in our lives and have him so close to our family.

Mandi
We are all here to hold you up in the hardest time of your life. Evan will always be in your heart and never very far away. As your family we know you loved him with all your heart. We will be here for you babe always.

We Love You!
Mom, Dad, Heidi, Nicki, Kyle, Tyler, Donna Jo, Shauntaye and Mataya
Nancy Strickland
October 30, 2005
I will always remember the great times we had and your memory will be with me forever. Shauntaye, Mataya and I Love you and will Miss you greatly. I will never forget you telling me not to worry about you that you were the next rambo and your last name was PARKER. You ARE my HERO!

To Evan's Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Blake and Conner, I will always think of the fun we had while you were here with your Dad. There will always be a special place for you in my heart.
Mandi Strickland
October 30, 2005
My deepest condolences to the family of Evan. He was my son-in-law, the father of my two grandsons, Blake and Conner. When I look at them I will always remember Evan. I will remember when he graduated from South Haven, when he took Brandi to the prom. How privileged I was to attend his graduation from Basic training and his wedding to my daughter. I remember the times he looked to me for advice and how much closer that brought us together. He loved life, his family, and his sons. He gave his life for the people of this country as well as for those who can not fight for themslves. I will remember him as a hero. May God grant him an exalted place in Heaven, and comfort and peace to his family and all who knew him.
Steve Brown
October 30, 2005
I'm Brandi's grandmother and I knew Evan when they visited me. He was a nice person and I'm so proud that he was my grandson for a short time. He served his country so well. My prayers and thoughts are with all his family and friends.
Edith Brown
October 30, 2005
Anita & families,
We are so sorry for the loss of Evan. He was a great kid and will always remember the memories he left with our family as well as the memories he left at South Haven School. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless you All.
Darren & Brenda Goodman & Alicia Rayl & family
October 30, 2005
To the Family of Evan,

I'm Brandi's Uncle and wish for you to know my sorry for yours and all of our lost, of such a brave and compassionate young man. I will always treasure the honor of having known him.
Ken Brown
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