Gary Parker
1940 - 2021
Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Gary Parker

Waukee - Gary L. Parker, 81, passed away June 25, 2021. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Waukee Cemetery.

Gary was born June 16, 1940 in Walnut, Iowa to Ira and Lolita (Briggs) Parker. He married Karen Ackart on April 15, 1961.

Gary will be remembered for his keen sense of humor and unwavering love for his family. He loved a good get together filled with kids and activity. His favorite saying was "All you need in life is two things, laughter and good music."

He is survived by his children, Debora Parker, Donna (Larry) Riedel, Deanna (Scott) Spry, Dan (Lisa) Parker, and Dave (Kelsey) Parker; 12 grandchildren, Alan (Stacy) Laake, Susie (Matt) Nelson, Ellie Riedel, Laura (Tom) Heifner, Sarah (Jon) Denney, Megan (Robert) Tilley, Chris (Nat) Laake, Morgan, Brock, Abigail, Bryce and Ira Parker; and great-grandchildren, Henlei, Mallorie, Taylor, Tristan, Alexis, Caelan, Evie, Zach, Braxton, and Scarlett; brothers, Gayle and Lynn Parker.

Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; grandson, Joey Laake; and 8 siblings.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Published by the Des Moines Register from Jun. 28 to Jun. 29, 2021.
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May the love of friends and family carry you all through this sad time.
Deb Linsley (FiQore)
June 30, 2021
Parker Family, My you find peace during this troubling time. Your friends from all over are with you and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace be with each of you!
Greg Brown
June 30, 2021
WF Capture Platform Team
June 29, 2021
We all will miss Gary. He was a great Uncle to know and I have been blessed to have been his nephew. My Family and I send our condolences to my cousins and family. God Bless Everyone.
Ronald Lewis Billups
June 28, 2021
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